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20 Books To Read This Summer

20 Books To Read This Summer

Summer is here! Looking for your next beach read? These fiction and nonfiction selections are the hot books of Summer 2021.

1. The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave

“A ‘gripping’ (Entertainment Weekly) mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears.”

2. The Other Black Girl: A Novel by Zakiya Dalila Harris

“A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.”

3. An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang

“Award-winning New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang unveil the tech story of our times in a riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace.”

4. My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee

“An extraordinary book, acrobatic on the level of the sentence, symphonic across its many movements—and this is a book that moves…My Year Abroad is a wild ride—a caper, a romance, a bildungsroman, and something of a satire of how to get filthy rich in rising Asia.” – Vogue

5. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

“With its keen observations of creative life in America today, as well as the joys and complications of being a mother and a daughter, Seven Days in June is a hilarious, romantic, and sexy‑as‑hell story of two writers discovering their second chance at love.”

6. Impostor Syndrome: A Novel by Kathy Wang

“A sharp and prescient novel about women in the workplace, the power of Big Tech, and the looming threat of foreign espionage from Kathy Wang, ‘a skilled satirist of the northern California dream’ (Harper’s Bazaar).”

7. Leda and the Swan by Anna Caritj

“In Leda and the Swan, Anna Caritj’s riveting storytelling brings together a suspenseful plot; an intimate, confessional voice; and invaluable insights into sex, power, and contemporary culture.”

8. The Break Up Book Club by Wendy Wax

“With the help of books, laughter, and the joy of ever evolving friendships, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara find the courage to navigate new and surprising chapters of their lives as they seek their own versions of happily-ever-after.”

9. The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

“One good friend’s very bad decision is at the heart of this laugh-out-loud love story and unexpected tale of a woman finally finding herself in the strangest of places.”

10. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

“From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read comes a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.”

11. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

“Hailed as ‘breathtakingly suspenseful,’ Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.”

12. Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven

“An unforgettable memoir about the friendship between a solitary woman and a wild fox.”

13. Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder by Mikita Brottman

“Critically acclaimed author and psychoanalyst Mikita Brottman offers literary true crime writing at its best, taking us into the life of a murderer after his conviction―when most stories end but the defendant’s life goes on.”

14. What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl by Katherine Dykstra

“A riveting investigation into a cold case asks how much control women have over their bodies and the direction of their lives.”

15. Appleseed by Matt Bell

“Part speculative epic, part tech thriller, part reinvented fairy tale, Appleseed is an unforgettable meditation on climate change; corporate, civic, and familial responsibility; manifest destiny; and the myths and legends that sustain us all.”

16. The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

“This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain… and so much more. In Jeffers’ deft hands, the story of race and love in America becomes the great American novel.” —Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone and Another Brooklyn.

17. The President’s Daughter by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

“A rocket ride of a thriller—the new blockbuster by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson, ‘the dream team’ (Lee Child).”

18. A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

“With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge.”

19. Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story by Julie K. Brown

“Tracking Epstein’s evolution from a college dropout to one of the most successful financiers in the country—whose associates included Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and Bill Clinton—Perversion of Justice builds on Brown’s original award-winning series, showing the power of truth, the value of local reportage and the tenacity of one woman in the face of the deep-seated corruption of powerful men.”

20. The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans by Cynthia Barnett

“A compelling history of seashells and the animals that make them, revealing what they have to tell us about nature, our changing oceans, and ourselves.”

Related: 10 Reasons Why We Love Summer Reading and 15 Quotes Celebrating Reading On Vacation.


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