Here are the releases for July that are expected to make a splash this summer.
'Fin & Lady' by Cathleen Schine - July 9, 2013
Fin & Lady takes place in 1964 in Greenwich Village, where an eleven year old boy named Fin moves from a small dairy farm after his parents die. He moves in with his older sister, Lady, who he has not seen in six years. She is wild and so are the times. This is a book about how the siblings take care of each other and live in the midst of personal and social chaos.
'Amy Falls Down' by Jincy Willett - July 9, 2013
Amy Falls Down is a literary but comic novel about what happens when Amy Gallup, a teacher and book reviewer, literally falls down into a bird bath in her backyard. After her fall, she gives a rambling interview that is taken for genius rather than recovering head injury. Amy becomes a bit of a star and begins writing her own book.
'Freud's Mistress' by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman - July 9, 2013
Freud's Mistress is a fictionalized account of a historical relationship that some have speculated -- that of Sigmund Freud and his wife's sister, who came to live with the family for a time.
'The Never List' by Koethi Zan - July 16, 2013
The Never List has received a lot of pre-publication press as a thriller to watch. It is the story of two teenagers who are kidnapped and held in a dungeon by a sadist. Only one survives. Ten years after they are found, he is up for parole, and the survivor must investigate the creepy letters she has been receiving. It is being billed as a page turner, and the author is being compared to Gillian Flynn, whose Gone Girl was the big book of summer 2012. I think you'll need thicker skin for this one though!
'Fantasy Life' by Matthew Berry - July 16, 2013
The complete title of this book is Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It. Matthew Berry is the Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst for ESPN, and he uses this book to celebrate and discuss all things fantasy sports related.