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Catsup and mustard.

Cookies and milk. Salt and pepper. Dogs and kids. Hugs and kisses.

Yep, some things just naturally go together and if you've got a vacation coming up, you're going to want to take a good book with you, right?

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So look for these great reads coming up this summer....

MAY

Already on shelves by Memorial Day, these books are definitely worth a look...

Try The Last Gunfight by Jeff Guinn, a book about what really happened at the OK Corral. Grab Thank You Notes by Jimmy Fallon. Make your inner-scientist happy with The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer. Or look for the latest by Steve Martini, John Sanford, or Steve Berry.

JUNE

Okay, so you've got your beach towel and you've staked out a spot by the pool. Now you need a good book in your hands.

How about The Kingdom: A Fargo Adventure by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood? Or maybe you'd prefer the new Ann Patchett novel or the latest Laurell K. Hamilton? How about the latest by the late E. Lynn Harris, Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews, or Folly Beach by Dorothea Benton Frank?

David Baldacci has a new book out, and Ann Brashares comes out with Sisterhood Everlasting. You'll find a new James Rollins novel, a new Joseph Finder novel, a new release from Alexander McCall Smith, and a new Diana Palmer book.

There are diet books, finance books, and more science books due out in June, which will give you plenty to do while you work on that tan.

JULY

Summer is just halfway over, but there are lots of great books left to read...

Imagine the fireworks you'll find in the new novel by Catherine Coulter! The new Meg Cabot book might be explosive. There's a new Mary Janice Davidson due out in July, and a new Tess Gerritsen book.

You'll find Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner this month. Alex Kava is releasing a new Maggie O'Dell novel. Iris Johansen comes out with the latest in her popular series. There's a new Anne Rivers Siddons novel for you this month, a new J.A. Jance novel, and a new Danielle Steel book.

Singer Ricky Skaggs has a new biography out in July, and you'll find a new Terry Goodkind release, plus one by Eric Van Lustbader.

And if none of these are your cup of (iced) tea, there are dozens of new and varied puzzle books coming out for the summer.

AUGUST

So you used up your vacation already? So what? You've got lots of summer yet to enjoy, so why not enjoy it with these books...

Look for Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Find Cold Vengeance by Doug Preston and Lincoln Child, or the new C.J. Box release. Don't miss the new release by money guru Clark Howard. Grab the new Ron Kessler book on the FBI. Sleuth out the newest by the Kardashians.

Julie Garwood has a new book out this month too, and so does W.E.B. Griffin (with William E. Butterworth IV). Karrine Steffans has a new book for lovers due out, Penn Jillette and Celia Rivenbark will each make you laugh, and former "Punky Brewster" star Soliel Moon Frye will release a new memoir/parenting book.

There's a new Simpsons book due from Matt Groening, a new Kathy Reichs mystery, more puzzle books, and another William Kent Krueger novel to finish your fabulous summer.

Now remember: nothing is cast in stone and book titles can be changed or cancelled. Release dates are approximate. For final word, check with your bookseller or librarian. They get paid big bucks for knowing these things.

And have a great summer's reading!

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Terri Schlichenmeyer is the author of the Detroit Lakes Newspapers book review column, "The Bookworm Sez." Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was three years old, and never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in West Salem, Wis., with her two dogs and 9,000 books.

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