Summer is here. It’s the season for swimming and boating and picnicking and eating ice cream and playing baseball and lolling in a lawn chair or on a beach towel reading a good book.

Yeah, about that book part…

Vermont is big on books. The Vermont Book Shop website lists a couple dozen independent bookstores from St. Albans in the north to Bennington down south. The state has a few top-selling authors, too, whose books you can find in those stores, and on this list that follows.

The books detailed here have all been released in the past few months, or are going to be published this summer. They are either written by Vermont authors or have a lot to do with the state. All are likely to help you spend your summer days most wisely.

Fiction

Chris Bohjalian, “The Lioness” – The Addison County author’s 23rd novel came out last month and did quite well for itself, hitting number six on The New York Times bestseller list in its first week. “The Lioness” tells the story of a 1960s Hollywood star on a posh African safari where, if you’ve ever read any of Bohjalian’s previous thrillers, you can guess that things don’t really go all that well.

Megan Mayhew Bergman, “How Strange a Season” – This literature and environmental-writing instructor at Middlebury College is also is director of the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Bergman’s novella and short stories in this collection deal with the challenges faced by both women and nature.

Author and Middlebury College instructor Megan Mayhew Bergman.

Liz Parker, “The Family Compound” – The head of publishing for the Verve Talent & Literary agency splits her time between Vermont and Los Angeles. “The Family Compound,” Parker’s second novel (due to be published Aug. 23), details the tales of five cousins who come together in the mountain town of Stowe to consider their collective futures.

Amy Klinger, “In Light of Recent Events” – Escape from the every-day-ness of your job with this book about … the workplace. The Burlington-area author’s novel is centered on a middle-manager named Audrey whose hush-hush relationship with a married supervisor is thrown a monkey wrench by the arrival of an old friend who’s now a Hollywood star.

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