Summe reading

Young woman on grass reading book. (Tim Robberts / May 27, 2012)

Editor's Choice: "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy" by Christopher Hayes (June 12)

Crown Publishing, 304 pages, $26

More sadness and despair is in store for America, although Hayes (MSNBC's"Up with Chris Hayes") offers a social commentary infused with solution and possibilities for renewal. After all, if we survived the 2000s, what Hayes calls the "fail decade," there has to be hope. Right?

Overseas vacation fare

"A Hundred Flowers" by Gail Tsukiyama (Aug. 7)

St. Martin's Press, 304 pages, $24.99

A family suffers gravely after the father is hauled off to a labor camp at the beginning of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Tsukiyama, the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award, has a moving and lyrical style.

"The Hypnotist's Love Story" by Liane Moriarty (June 14)

Penguin, 416 pages, $25.95

The author of "What Alice Forgot" returns with a twisted tale of an Australian hypnotherapist who becomes involved in a romantic triangle when she discovers her new boyfriend has a stalker ex-girlfriend.

"Capital" by John Lanchester (June 11)

Norton, W.W. & Co., 528 pages, $26.95

A diverse group of people in modern London is connected by a threatening postcard.

"The Red Chamber" by Pauline A. Chen (July 10)

Knopf, 400 pages, $26.95

This is a creative reworking of "Dream of the Red Chamber," a classic Chinese novel written in the mid-18th Century. The novel follows the lives of three cousins who live — and scheme — in Beijing.

Editor's Choice: "The Kingmaker's Daughter" by Philippa Gregory (Aug. 14)

Touchstone, 432 pages, $26.99

Two sisters grow up as political pawns and fierce competitors in an old British royal court. Sound familiar? Set in the court of King Edward IV, the book promises to be as intriguing and sexy as Gregory's best-selling "The Other Boleyn Girl."

For the road-tripper who would rather time travel