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PBS Books Presents: What to Read this Summer with Booklist Reader

Join PBS Books and Booklist as we dive into all the must-read adult fiction books this summer. Whether you’re on the hunt for a quick weekend read, looking for a new series, or thinking about re-discovering a favorite author, there will be no shortage of great picks in this can’t-miss episode. So, grab a pen as we help you create your Summer Reading List! Watch the recording above or on the PBS Books Facebook page.

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Free the Land: How We Can Fight Poverty and Climate Chaos
by Audrea Lim

​In this provocatively titled exploration of land ownership in the U.S., journalist Lim does an excellent job of showing just how complicated the topic of private property can be.

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Born in New Zealand, Sarah now lives on the Gold Coast with her husband and three young children. When she’s not reading or tapping away at her keyboard, she’s spending time with her friends and family, her plants, and enjoying trips to the snow.

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