Three books for summer reading lists

Posted Sunday, Jun. 30, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Here’s what’s new in bookstores:

•  The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner (Dutton, $26.95) — The author of the Evan Delaney series and an Edgar Award winner goes the stand-alone route in her latest thriller. Skip tracer Sarah Keller’s life is upended when an accident sends her 5-year-old daughter, Zoe, to the emergency room, revealing a secret: Zoe isn’t her daughter — she’s the child of Sarah’s sister, who was murdered when Zoe was a baby. When Sarah becomes the hunted and goes off the grid, she must use her job skills in an attempt to evade her pursuers — police, feds and her sister’s murderers.

•  Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books, $24.99; out Tuesday) — It’s the summer of 1963 in rural Mississippi and 9-year-old Starla, our feisty narrator, has had enough. She runs away from home and her grandmother to go in search of her momma — “a famous singer in Nashville.” Starla was 3 the last time she saw her (and her daddy works far away), but her big dream is for the three of them to be a family again. Her ticket out is Eula, a black woman traveling with a white baby, who gives Starla a ride and opens her color-blind eyes to a scary world.

•  Butterfly Gardening for Texas by Geyata Ajilvsgi (Texas A&M University Press, $35) — The author ( Wildflowers of Texas) is a top butterfly and butterfly plant expert in Texas. This hefty 448-page book has been called “the very best book on butterfly gardening” by American Butterflies magazine — and it should know. In addition to 268 beautiful color photographs, the author’s useful guide presents more than 50 butterfly profiles and plant lists (with substitutions) for maximum attraction. Ajilvsgi’s do-it-yourself landscape plans offer additional inspiration for your yard.

— Celeste Williams

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