USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Mary Cad­den, Brian Truitt

Breezy read­ing: Elin Hilder­brand’s lat­est beach read, The Iden­ti­cals (Lit­tle, Brown), de­buts at No. 2 on USA TO­DAY Best­Selling Books list this week. It is the high­est de­but and rank for the au­thor, who has pre­vi­ously had 13 nov­els and one short story make the list. Of­ten dubbed the “Queen of Sum­mer,” Hilder­brand’s books are be­com­ing a sea­sonal sta­ple, as im­por­tant to beach read­ing as sun­screen and sand. In­spired by watch­ing The Par­ent Trap with her daugh­ter, Hilder­brand did a lit­tle is­land hop­ping this time around, set­ting the book on both Nantucket and Martha’s Vine­yard.

The Iden­ti­cals is about es­tranged adult twin sis­ters raised separately af­ter their par­ents’ divorce who must de­cide whether to rec­on­cile when their fa­ther dies.

The Em­pire’s side: Tales of Star Wars’ great­est good guys — Han, Luke, Leia and the rest — are now leg­end, but there were he­roes on the other side as well. The new novel Star Wars Bat­tle­front II: In­ferno Squad (Del Rey Books, out July 25) fo­cuses on Iden Ver­sio and other Im­pe­rial sol­diers whose no­bil­ity de­pends on if you’re a part of the Rebel Al­liance or fancy your­self a devo­tee of Darth Vader. “It was won­der­ful to be able to ex­plore the Em­pire’s side of things through the eyes of some­one who is a strong, lik­able per­son who firmly be­lieves in what she’s been taught the Em­pire es­pouses,” says au­thor Christie Golden ( Star Wars: Dark Dis­ci­ple). Read an ex­clu­sive ex­cerpt from the pre­quel to the Bat­tle­front II video game at­ato­


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