Published on Tuesday, 23 May 2017 11:01 - Written by

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER, Special to the Tyler Paper

Five big Xs are on the calendar running in a line right across an entire week. It marks summer vacation. Now is the time to start planning on what to pack – including which new books to bring.

Authors are ready with a new crop of summer reading material and more book are on the way.

Out in time for the long Memorial Day weekend are novels by Scott Turow, Dorothea Benton Frank, Lincoln Child, Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, Graham Brown, Lee Child and Nora Roberts.

For the sports-minded, is a book on basketball coaching legend John Wooden and a book by former baseball manager Lou Pinella. History buffs will find books on Lindbergh’s historic flight, Apollo 8, creation of the U.S. Army and Winston Churchill and George Orwell.

Also out are books about the last half-decade of Rolling Stone magazine, how the public buys food and healthy living. Look for comedian turned politician Al Franken’s new book and a book about horses by William Shatner.


Set to be released in June are books by Brad Thor, Lisa Wingate, Dean Koontz, Jane Green, Linda Greenlaw, Gena Showalter, Eric Van Lustbader, Karen Robards, Joseph Finder, Adriana Trigiani, Edward Kelsey Moore, Sharyn McCrumb, Janet Evanovich, Diana Palmer, Danielle Steel and Diana Gabaldon.

Hitting the market will be a book for coffee lovers who want to lose weight, a book about cheese and a cookbook for salad lovers. Those who love history will find books on female test pilots who worked for the Third Reich, the history of stock market crashes, and a man who escaped from slavery and became a Union hero.

Books set to be released in July explore the following: history and politics of the ocean, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., Joni Mitchell, Van Halen, the relationship between LGBT community and Catholic Church, fake news, the science of change and also the “secret history” of the iPhone.


Authors with books hitting the bookstores in July are Julie Garwood, Daniel Silva, Susan Mallory, Joshilyn Jackson, Suzanne Brockmann, Kathy Reichs, Linda Castillo, Alexander McCall Smith, M.J. Rose, Ace Atkins, Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen and C.J. Box.

Look for a book by Ben Mezrich on how science is trying to “de-extinct” the wooly mammoth and a biography on Sarah Vaughn.

Books due in July will explore the air we breathe, Jews who escaped Nazi Germany and returned to fight Hitler; and investing. Also to be released are books to make the most of summer cook-outs and book for fans of Archie comics.


August is scheduled to bring novels by J.R. Ward, Fiona Davis, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sgt. Jack Coughlin, Susan Wiggs, Debbie Macomber, Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall, Sandra Brown, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Andrew Gross, Robin Cook, T. Jefferson Parker, Erica Spindler, Sue Grafton (“Y is for…”), Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman, Danielle Steele and Louise Penny.

Look for Heather Harphum’s book on happiness. There’s a book due out about a college athlete and her tragic suicide and one about a female code-breaker in World War II.

Other books are set to deal with how to use a liberal arts degree, Buddhism, Alzheimer’s disease, how a father saved his son from ISIS, succeeding in business, American counter-intelligence, scandals at elite college and the joys adults experience by reading children’s literature.

Look for a book in which NFL players pay tribute to their first coaches and Al Roker’s book on the Johnstown flood.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is a freelance writer and frequent book reviewer.