2018 Summer Reads From The Book Channel Online


  Are you planning on a deep beach tan or taking a much-needed vay-cay…or just planning some quiet ‘me’ time this summer? 

We have some great Summer reads for you.

Some are new; some, not so new – but they’re all sure to heat you up while you sip that seaside mango martini smoothie!  

Have you ever had a bitter rival that you could never get rid of, no matter how hard you tried? Well…that’s what’s up in The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

Hortensia and Marion are neighbors. Both are successful women with impressive careers. But both are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And they each have something the other woman deeply wants. Sworn enemies, the two share a deliberate hostility. 

But, one day, an unexpected event forces them together. Can they discover common ground or must scorned women forever live the hell of their fury?

Your Summer will get steamy hot with our next pick — STRATEGIC SEDUCTION 

Cheris Hodges dazzles readers with a memorable romantic sizzler featuring two headstrong characters – the heir of a hotel empire and a Public Relations pro – who come together for business…and pleasure.

Alicia needs a major career boot and has no time for romance. Richmond is on a make-or-break project. But she and Richmond can’t see eye-to-eye on anything – except that the reckless attraction between them is sizzling, off-the-charts, trouble.

Take a deep dive into colonial history

Never Caught: The Washington’s Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge 

Ona was once the prized property of President George Washington and his wife Martha. When Ona escaped, an intense, years-long manhunt – organized by Washington himself – began. The attempt to capture Ona – by any means necessary – lasted even beyond Washington’s presidency. Author Erica Dunbar reveals the story of a woman who made the decision to run for her life, leaving behind her family, friends and life in the President’s house. 

How’s that for getting your cherry tree chopped, George? Never Caught is not just another freedom story; it’s a portrait of a Washington few people knew.


If you love family sagas (and the melodrama they bring), No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Watts was made for you.


Long Island’s gold coast goes black in this brilliant recasting of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby. 

JJ returns home after seventeen years gone. He plans to build his dream home and marry is childhood sweetheart, Ava. But everything and everyone has changed. Ava is now married and wants a baby more than anything else. JJ’s wealth brings a meddling cast of characters to consider what more they want and deserve from life – and how they might go about getting it.

As you work on your outer glow, get your inner glow to shine too! 

Kristi Watts, a former co-host of The 700 Club, has written Talk Yourself Happy to help get you through those tough times.

After her marriage dissolved and she left her high-profile position at The 700 Club, Kristi was excited to walk into a new season of her life. Soon, though, she stumbled into emotional pitfalls that left her discouraged and disappointed. Empowering readers with practical “Steps to Talk Yourself Happy”, she provides a road map to the transformation of readers’ hearts and encourages them to “take it, speak it, and live it.”

I’m Kahille for The Book Channel Online. 

Thanks for watching and Keep those pages turning!


I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons By Kevin Hart

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: theaforabove, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. 

The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way). 

But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the listener on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he's overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. 

And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion. 

He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself. 

"Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter," he says. "So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?"

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating By Alan Alda

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Award-winning actor Alan Alda tells the fascinating story of his quest to learn how to communicate better, and to teach others to do the same. With his trademark humor and candor, he explores how to develop empathy as the key factor.

Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? is the warm, witty, and informative chronicle of how Alda found inspiration in everything from cutting-edge science to classic acting methods. His search began when he was host of PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers, where he interviewed thousands of scientists and developed a knack for helping them communicate complex ideas in ways a wide audience could understand—and Alda wondered if those techniques held a clue to better communication for the rest of us.

In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling—especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.

Drawing on improvisation training, theater, and storytelling techniques from a life of acting, and with insights from recent scientific studies, Alda describes ways we can build empathy, nurture our innate mind-reading abilities, and improve the way we relate and talk with others. Exploring empathy-boosting games and exercises, If I Understood You is a funny, thought-provoking guide that can be used by all of us, in every aspect of our lives—with our friends, lovers, and families, with our doctors, in business settings, and beyond.

Praise for If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

“In this charming, witty, and thought-provoking book, full of rich anecdotes, Alan Alda describes some of the tools of communication that he teaches in his work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and shows how everyone—from lovers to politicians to scientists—can benefit from being better communicators. The issues he touches on are more important now than ever.”—Lawrence M. Krauss, author of The Greatest Story Ever Told . . . So Far

“I’ve spent a lifetime trying to understand and use the art of communication. And then comes this fellow Alda—actor, interviewer, academic, and, mostly, student—who teaches me new, useable ideas. Communicating is at the heart of connectedness. Alda, with his laudable curiosity, has learned something you and I can use right now.”—Charlie Rose 

“Sit back and enjoy Alan Alda’s scientific journey of communication.”—Barbara Walters

“Alda, who has made a distinguished and valuable career out of empathy—in acting, writing, and political thinking—now gives us a book that shows empathy to be the key to understanding, and thus to a much improved life. The exchange of feeling of one person with another makes it possible for each to grasp something different and larger than both: a delightful and useful surprise of knowledge. Alda proves his theory almost casually, with self-effacing good fun, but it is a true revelation. You wonder, How has one done without such a book?”—Roger Rosenblatt, author of Thomas Murphy

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