Best Books to Read Summer 2021
Just in time for the summer kick off, we have put together a list of the Best New Books to read this summer, a couple of new releases we can't wait to dig into ourselves and some great (easy) beach reads!
by Julianna Margulies
Known for her outstanding performances on TV series The Good Wife and ER, Julianna Margulies chronicles her life and work in this compelling memoir. From her parent's messy divorce and being shuttled back and forth, often on different continents, to her middle-aged mother's relationship with a 21-year-old lover, to her rise to fame, and of course, George Clooney. Sunshine Girl is deeply personal, filled with intimate stories and moments.
Throughout, there were complicated relationships, difficult choices, and overwhelming rejections. But there were also the moments where fate, faith, and talent aligned, leading to the unforgettable roles of a lifetime, both professionally and personally—moments when chaos had finally turned to calm.
by Matthew McConaughey
This is a book to listen to, so if you have a long road trip planned this summer, download the audiobook and enjoy the ride. Part memoir, part self-help book, the award-winning actor has been keeping diaries for 35 years, which is impressive! He shares his story in his familiar swaggered drawl; lessons learned and forgotten, successes and failures, joys and sorrows, poems, and bumper stickers he had saved. "I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life's challenges - how to get relative with the inevitable - you can enjoy a state of success I call "catching green lights." All right, all right, all right...
The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? In The Midnight Library, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
The Last Thing He Told Me
by Laura Dave
A gripping mystery about a woman who thinks she's found the love of her life—until he disappears. But his disappearance and a visit from federal agents conjures up more questions as Hannah Hall realizes her husband isn't who he said he was. With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and twisted family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, sure to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.
by Melissa Broder
Rachel is twenty-four, a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion. By day, she maintains an illusion of existential control through obsessive food rituals while working as an underling at a Los Angeles talent management agency. At night, she pedals nowhere on the elliptical machine. Rachel is content to carry on subsisting—until her therapist encourages her to take a Ninety-Day Communication Detox from her mother, who raised her in the tradition of calorie counting. "A scathingly funny, wildly erotic, and fiercely imaginative story about food, sex, and god".
The Ugly Cry: A Memoir
by Danielle Henderson (out June 1)
An uproarious, moving memoir about a grandmother's ferocious love and redefining what it means to be family. Television writer Danielle Henderson reflects on growing up Black in a mostly white part of upstate New York, where she was raised by her grandparents after being abandoned by her drug-addicted mother. With humor, wit, and deep insight, Danielle shares how she grew up and grew wise--and the lessons she's carried from those days to these. In the process, she upends our conventional understanding of family and redefines its boundaries to include the millions of people who share her story.
The Other Black Girl
by Zakiya Dalila Harris
This debut novel from Harris is a novel about tension, privilege, and racism in the world of publishing. Editorial assistant Nella Rogers is the only Black employee at Wagner Books, and so she's relieved when Hazel joins the team. Finally, she has someone to connect with inside this frustrating, isolating workspace full of micro-aggressions. But strange things start happening, and threatening notes begin to appear on Nella's desk; she realizes something sinister is at play. 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.
"This is the funniest, wildest, deepest, most thought-provoking ride of a book," The New York Times.
The Rose Code
by Kate Quinn
If you love historical fiction, you'll love The Rose Code by one of the best historical fiction writers, Kate Quinn. The New York Times best-selling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network (two of our favorite books), returns with another remarkable World War II story of three female code-breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.
Sex and Vanity
by Kevin Kwan
The man behind Crazy Rich Asians brings readers an all-new family dynamic, this time off the coast of Capri, Italy. As the daughter of a white man and a Chinese-American woman, she finds herself trying to figure out which of two suitors is best for her: The man who will fit in with her American family, or the man she's infatuated with. It's a story about making your own decisions and following your heart.... with family hijinks thrown in.
The People We Meet on Vacation
by Emily Henry
Poppy and Alex have been going on summer vacays together for the past decade. After a rather bad spat, the two haven't exactly spoken for the last two years. Deciding she needs to fix her relationship with Alex, she takes him on a week-long vacation, determined to mend their differences... and maybe spark something more?
"Beach Read fans, assemble. Emily Henry is back with another smart, steamy romance….Warning: you will feel all the feels. And probably shed a few tears."—The Skimm
The Guest List
by Lucy Foley
Yes, we know it came out last year but if you didn't have a chance to read it yet, add it to your summer reads. On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star, and the bride: beautiful and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It's a wedding for a magazine or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty, and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be well executed. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn't wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?
by Steven Rowley
Patrick or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short) loves his niece Maisie and nephew Grant. And loves spending time with them, that is, when they come to visit him in Palm Springs or see them over the holidays in Connecticut. But, when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother, Patrick finds himself as their primary guardian. He loves them, but he's very overwhelmed. "With the humor and heart we've come to expect from bestselling author Steven Rowley, The Guncle is a moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family in even the most trying of times."
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