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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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Tiananmen Square
by Lai Wen

​Debut author Lai (a necessary pseudonym, given Beijing’s continued hostility to critics of the 1989 crackdown) writes with candor and vulnerability as personal and social anxieties blur into political unrest. In its unabashed affection for twentieth-century classics, this tale also reminds us that literature remains a vital means of resistance to anti-democratic forces.

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