7 (Fairly) New Books Every Middle-Aged Person Should Read This Summer

06/14/2015 08:11 am ET | Updated Jun 15, 2015

Now that nearly everyone in the world has finished The Goldfinch, we need some other book recommendations to get us through the summer.

Huff/Post50 turned to its Facebook community to find out what middle-aged readers have piled up on their bedside tables.

Here are seven books that come highly recommended.

  • 1 The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
    Simon & Schuster
    “Clever, intelligent, and believable on a subject few of us really understand. Lorrie is one of the most vivid—and complex—characters I've read in years. Wonderful.” -- Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You
  • 2 Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende
    Algonquin Books
    “Honest and simple yet full of lasting strength, the author’s prose demonstrates what makes a life better rather than worse--including something as simple as picking up heart-shaped stones on the beach with a grandchild. Optimistic, slightly humorous reflections on living a fully engaged, meaningful life.” -- Kirkus Reviews
  • 3 The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout
    Simon & Schuster
    "Totally involving from its very first words... a dangerous journey into the soul, an exploration of the relationships of men and women to each other, to their environments and—ultimately most devastatingly—to themselves." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • 4 All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    Fourth Estate Ltd.
    "In this elegant bestseller set during World War II, Guggenheim fellow Anthony Doerr uses radio’s ability to cross enemy lines as a device to weave together the fate of a young, blind French girl and an orphaned German boy. There is a fairytale quality to the book—the girl and her father must flee to a rickety old house by the sea; the boy must march with monsters and yet retain his humanity—that works perfectly with Doerr’s evocative prose." -- Barnes & Noble
  • 5 The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown
    Penguin Books
    “This riveting tale of beating the odds (and the Germans) at the 1936 Olympics is a rousing story of American can-do-ism. It’s also a portrait of the nine boys who first rowed together for the University of Washington, and of the one in particular who made the sport his family and his home.” -- Parade
  • 6 The Martian by Andy Weir
    Broadway Books
    “An impressively geeky debut…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?” -- Entertainment Weekly
  • 7 The Children Act by Ian McEwan
    “It’s a joy to welcome The Children Act. . . . [The novel’s] sense of life-and-death urgency never wavers. . . . Profound. . . . You would have to go back to Saturday or Atonement to find scenes of equivalent intensity and emotional investment.” -- The Wall Street Journal

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