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Untied ’s collection of the best late-summer reads includes strong women traveling, managing their finances and careers, maintaining strong friendships, plotting revenge, holding their whiskey, and mixing up a mean pomegranate gimlet. Just what you need to savor the end of the season.

Fiction & Literature
The Woman Who PLayed With Fire The Girl Who Played with Fire
By Stieg Larsson
$25.95, Knopf
June 2009
Larsson captivates readers once again with this follow-up to his 2008 best-seller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In the sequel, journalist Mikael Blomkvist uncovers a sex-trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden. After two reporters are murdered, Lisbeth Salander, a genius hacker from the first novel, looks like the prime suspect.
Awakening
By S.J. Bolton
$25.95, Minotaur Books
June 2009
Originally from Lancashire, England, S.J. Bolton published her first thriller, Sacrifice, in 2008. In Bolton’s second novel, Awakening, Clara Benning works as a veterinary surgeon in a small English village. Because of a childhood accident that left her disfigured, Benning prefers animals to people. When a local man dies mysteriously of a snakebite, the amount of venom convinces Benning that the killer is human. She soon connects the dots to an abandoned house, an ancient ritual, and a 50-year-old event that caused witnesses to keep their silence. 

Awakening

The Scenic Route

The Scenic Route
By Binnie Kirshenbaum
$13.99, Harper Perennial
May 2009
If you consider Lifetime movies a guilty pleasure, then get ready for a juicy story. Sylvia Landsman tries to turn her life right-side up after going through divorce and unemployment. She travels to Italy for a change of pace, where she meets Henry, a middle-age married man. Henry uses his wife’s money to fund a trip through Europe for Sylvia and himself. Soon after the sparks fade away, their relationship takes an unimaginable turn.

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship
By Jeffrey Zaslow
$26.00, Gotham
April 2009
This book explores the true meaning of friendship and invites you to think deeply about its peaks and valleys. Jeffrey Zaslow explores the lives of 11 real childhood friends from Ames, Iowa, who now live in eight different states. Through college, careers, marriages, divorces, a child’s illness, and the death of one friend at 22, Zaslow digs deep to reveal the lives of these 40-something friends.

Ames

Other Rooms

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
By Daniyal Mueenuddin
$23.95, W.W. Norton & Company
February 2009
Daniyal Mueenuddin, a Pakistan-born, Ivy League-educated lawyer, quit his job, returned to his native country, and wrote this short-story collection. His spellbinding tales eloquently reveal the complexities of the ruling and servant Pakistani classes. Mueenuddin captures a melting pot of character voices — from a hardworking electrician raising 12 daughters to a maid who has an affair and a child with an older servant.

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