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Spring has sprung and it's time to get our reading lists in order for the warmer months. Whether you're taking a spring vacation at home this year or are in need of a good read to transport you elsewhere, you're in luck.
New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, who recently released his latest novel "Win," stopped by TODAY to share some of his current favorites for every kind of reader, including a pick he hasn't been able to put down. There's even a find for younger readers, too.
From meaningful memoirs to enthralling thrillers, read on for all of Coben's picks on what's hot off the press right now.
Fans of psychological thrillers like Patricia Highsmith’s "The Talented Mr. Ripley" will love Andrews' debut novel. Centered around the story of Florence Darrow, an aspiring bestselling novelist, and her assistantship to "Maud Dixon," a popular-but-anonymous novelist, the story is full of twists and turns that will leave you hooked. When Florence and "Maud" (who's real name is Helen) venture on a research trip to Morocco, a deadly accident leaves Florence to imagine where she can take her writing career — potentially under the pseudonym of her former boss.
What Harlan's reading now
What Coben describes as a "pure hit of modern-day noir," this novel is the work that is bringing Stroby to the spotlight. Set on the Jersey shore, the novel brings you right into the story on the very first page. Protagonist Joette Harper, who is already struggling to pay for her mother's medical expenses, witnesses a fatal car accident — but also discovers a bag full of nearly $300,000 worth of hundred and fifty dollar bills; just enough to cover the bills. The original owner of the money, however, is on the hunt to get back what is his, and it is up to Joette to decide how far she is willing to go to keep it.
Nearly 50 years ago, Sharon Stone suffered a stroke that cost her more than just her health. Now, she's taking readers back to recount the story of her life and how she built herself back up after the catastrophic event in what Coben describes as a "candid, heartfelt, poignant story with grace and sardonic humor." Stone reminds us that it's never too late to stand up and speak out in this celebration of strength.
Best children's read
In a book that little ones are sure to enjoy (and adults, too), Wade's poetry and Lucie de Moyencourt's illustrations combine to demonstrate that it is okay to wander down the wrong path sometimes — as long as we keep going.
Best collection of short stories
Currently available for pre-order, McCracken's collection of short stories deal "with family, redemption, and intimacy, are wonderfully written and thought-provoking," Coben says. The stories stay true to McCracken's signature wit and will lead you down complex tales of characters that leave not only them feeling changed, but readers too.
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