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SPY Guide: 6 Essential Reads for National Read a Book Day

* September 6 is National Read a Book Day
* Celebrate by picking up one of these new releases
* There’s something for everyone, from romance, to thrillers, to non-fiction

Bibliophiles rejoice! National Read a Book Day is upon us once again, and it’s time to show your appreciation for those wonderful cover bound papers we call books.

To help you celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of must-reads to get pulses racing, brains bulging and hearts skipping. From thrillers to non-fiction, these recently released books have something to offer every reader. (And yes, you can get the books in print or for your tablet or Kindle, too).

1. A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age

If flame-throwing trumpets, outfoxing Vegas casinos and a fleet of customized unicycles grabs your attention, it may be time to read Claude Shannon. This fascinating book about one of the world’s foremost intellects will have you spellbound with tales of discoveries significant enough to see him compared to the likes of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.


2. Final Girls: A Novel

You know when legendary thriller specialist Stephen King is touting a book to be one of this year’s greatest, you’re onto something good. In Todd Rittler’s first published outing, you’ll be shown on a death-riddled journey to find out exactly what it takes to become one of the “Final Girls.”


3. Beach House for Rent

The latest addition in Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House series, Beach House For Rent can also be taken as a stand-alone read. This summer novel works on several levels and will immerse you in a journey of self-discovery and environmental awareness. This is all presented in a compelling human story that will keep you turning the page.

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4. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

What happens when you mix an award-winning comedian and government office? In Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, we gain insight into many of the political processes and schedules that form American political life. Add witty comedic commentary (especially about the current political climate), and you’ve got yourself a laugh-out-loud, can’t-put-it-down type of book.


5. Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

Take a seat and enjoy a journey into the development of America’s pre-eminent humor writer. In the first of two volumes, you’ll see David Sedaris go from a drug-abusing dropout to a job-centric comedic writer through his private writings.


6. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For

As the most honored historian in the United States, David McCullough boasts Pulitzer prizes, National Book Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Inside Who We Are and What We Stand For, you’ll find a collection of his timely speeches that serve to remind readers of American principles and give a written path to rediscovering exactly what it is to be American.

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