Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

5 Best Books of July: Amazon Editors' Favorite Picks

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

5 Best Books of July: Amazon Editors' Favorite Picks

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Some of this summer's most interesting books will take you places - all the way from the moon to Korea to the seemingly placid Midwest, and from tales of masked vigilantes to the inside workings of the Church of Scientology. Here are five of the July 2011 titles that are drawing the most enthusiastic thumbs-up from the editors at Amazon.com.

Some of this summer's most interesting books will take you places - all the way from the moon to Korea to the seemingly placid Midwest, and from tales of masked vigilantes to the inside workings of the Church of Scientology. Here are five of the July 2011 titles that are drawing the most enthusiastic thumbs-up from the editors at Amazon.com.

#7 Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, by Ben Mezrich

From the writer of the book behind the Oscar- winning movie "The Social Network," comes this viciously funny novel based on the real- life story of Thad Roberts, an astronaut in training who took the idea of giving his girlfriend the moon way, way too far. Cracking security codes, breaking into NASA to steal moon rocks - there's a dash of "Ocean's 11" in this hilarious and thrilling novel.

#6 The Devil All The Time, by Donald Ray Pollock

Following a small cast of characters in rural Southern Ohio and West Virginia from the end of World War II to the 1960's may not sound like the premise of a shocking novel. But the characters of The Devil All The Time have dark, even bloody, secret lives (like a husband and wife pair of serial killers), and this gritty, tense novel by Donald Ray Pollock (author of the acclaimed and equally gritty novel "Knockemstiff") will have you on the edge of your seat.

#5 This Burns My Heart, by Samuel Park

In This Burns My Heart novelist Samuel Park explores the question of what happens when we let a moment - a love-at-first-sight moment - slip by us. Does it hang over us for the rest of our lives? …

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