9 Books to read over Labor Day weekend

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Celebrated as the last official weekend of summer, Labor Day weekend gives readers the perfect excuse to stay home, travel abroad or hang by the pool with the best new books. Pick up a few of these Labor Day weekend books to read over your long weekend!

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When Rowan Caine sees an ad for a live-in nanny promising a big salary, she jumps at the opportunity. As perfect as the home and the family look on the outside, she quickly begins to learn that the job is not what it appeared to be. When a child dies and she is accused of murder, she tries to explain her innocence, wondering about the bigger question: if she didn’t kill the child, who did?


Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

In this literary debut from Pitchaya Sudbanthad, the lives of five people, all living in different decades, collide in the ever-changing city of Bangkok. From the 18th century to post World War II, the age of rock, the present and the future, this novel brings together multiple worlds and unique experiences, all set around one luminous city.


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

This inspiring holiday weekend read, written by The New Yorker critic Jia Tolentino, takes readers through the ways in which we put importance on self-delusion. Told through nine original essays, Tolentino uncovers the things that shape us and how hard it is to see our worth in a culture that entirely revolves around the self. Through topics on the damaging effects of social media, the idea that we have to constantly be better and more beautiful, she brings an enlightening new perspective to living a full and happy life.


Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

In 1966 Baltimore, Maddie Schwartz has just left her marriage in the hopes of pursuing her dreams. Now working for the city’s newspaper, the Star, Maddie is on a mission to uncover the truth behind what happened to a missing woman whose body was found in the fountain of a city park lake. Through her investigation, she comes to meet both friends and foes who will alter the investigation, for better or for worse.


The Perfect Son by Lauren North

After the death of her husband, the only thing that’s holding Tess Clarke’s life together is her son, Jamie. But when she wakes up in the hospital after Jamie’s eighth birthday after having been stabbed, she’s left without any answers and a world’s worth of confusion. Unable to trust those closest to her, Tess must figure out what happened in the time between her husband’s death and her son’s birthday party if she wants to save Jamie.


The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel

It’s 1940 in Champagne, France when newlyweds Inès and Michel see their world change forever. Now that German forces have invaded, Michel begins to make risky maneuvers, hiding munitions in his famed champagne house, Maison Chauveau. Meanwhile, Inès makes a mistake that could put everyone she loves in danger. Almost 80 years later, Liv Kent has just seen her life fall apart when her grandmother insists on a trip to France. The trip will lead Liv to the Maison Chauveau and the traumatic past that it holds.


The Warehouse by Rob Hart

As much as Paxton doesn’t want to work for the mega tech company Cloud, he can’t turn down the opportunity because no one else is offering him anything better. Now living in their live-work facilities and working full-time for the company every day, everything changes when he meets Zinnia, a woman trying to infiltrate the company and expose its inner workings. Together, the two will discover the dark things Cloud will do in order to achieve their mission of making the world a better place.


All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

Waking up in a hospital in Paris with no memory of her past, Caroline immediately tries to piece together the memories that are slowly coming back to her. As she begins to remember certain people in her life, she also feels like she’s in danger. Then she finds letters in her apartment from a woman who used to live in Nazi-occupied Paris, bringing her to realize her apartment’s dark past and her similarities to the mysterious woman from the past.


The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

The Great Exhibition has just sprung up in London in 1850, bringing Iris and Silas together for a chance meeting. After their first encounter, Iris goes onto work with an artist as a model and painting apprentice, expanding her life and bringing her true happiness. But everything changes when Silas reappears in her life with his dark obsessions.

(Feature image courtesy of @snowerybrand)

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Ashley Johnson

Content Editor + Producer

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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