Whether you're sitting poolside or parking it on the couch, there's no denying that finding the right book can be the best part of summer. Fortunately, there's no shortage of good reads being released in 2016. Better get your bookmarks, because this summer is as much about your favorite lines as it is your tan lines.
Out June 14
Culture bloggers have been talking about Emma Cline's book The Girls since word first circulated about the $2 million book deal back in 2014. Set primarily in 1960s northern California, The Girls follows a teenage girl who becomes involved in a cult of young women. Based loosely on the Manson murders, The Girls will have everyone drinking the Emma Cline Kool-Aid.
You Are Having a Good Time
If you're a devoted Vice follower, you're probably already familiar with the writing of the publication's fiction editor, Amie Barrodale. The edgy writer is no stranger to exposing the gritty underbelly of society, and takes her fiction one step further with a solo book of short stories.
You'll Grow Out of It
Out July 12
If you're a fan of Inside Amy Schumer, this summer is a two-for. Not only is the famous comedian coming out with her own debut memoir, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, this August, her head writer, who's also a frequent Moth storyteller, former SNL writer Jessi Klein, is also releasing her first memoir. Readers of You'll Grow Out of It can look forward to Klein's usual comedic stylings of self-deprecating punchlines and anecdotal catastrophes.
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
Pro tip: When NPR describes a book as "flawless," it's in your best interest to add it to that Amazon cart, stat. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is the third and latest book by British author Helen Oyeyemi. It features nine short stories centered around the theme of keys. Described as winning in words, originality, and humor, Oyeyemi's newest offering seems to be part book, part work of art.
If you're in the mood for quasi-science fiction that doesn't stray too far from the very near future, Don DeLillo has you covered. The acclaimed writer, who's already known for such books at Underworld, White Noise, and Cosmopolis, has been getting positive reviews from The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The New York Times for his latest work, Zero K. In a world where cryogenic freezing allows us to manipulate our own mortality, DeLillo uses his characters to explore the fear of dying and what it really means to embrace life.
The Sport of Kings
C. E. Morgan
A tale of horse racing in Kentucky takes on much larger issues, including racism, social class, and the lasting impact of slavery in C. E. Morgan's latest novel, The Sport of Kings. The southern-set story has been described as even more ambitious than Morgan's last book, All The Living, and is already getting summer buzz from online reviewers including The New Yorker.
Under the Harrow
Out June 14
If you're a suspense lover who's looking to fill that Gillian Flynn-size void on the nightstand, Flynn Berry's debut novel, Under the Harrow, should do the trick. The psychological thriller followers Nora, a woman with a past that haunts her, determined to solve the brutal murder of her sister.
How to Set a Fire and Why
Out July 5
In How to Set a Fire And Why, a quick-witted misfit teenager who's already taken on her fair share of hard knocks finds unexpected belonging in an underground arson club. Written by the poetic Jesse Ball (Silence Once Begun and A Cure for Suicide), this book is for anyone who's ever been an outcast — or just really into lighting shit up.
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Before the Fall
Are you fan of the writing on FX's Fargo? Then you might just like the award-winning creator's latest work, Before the Fall. Noah Hawley's summer thriller turns an airline tragedy into a tale of conspiracy, suspense, and unexpected bonds. According to Deadline, the novel is already set for a screen adaptation, making this summer the perfect chance to read the book before the movie comes out.
My Heart Can't Even Believe It
New Times managing editor Amy Silverman tackles love, science, and her daughter's Down syndrome in a heartfelt hybrid of investigative journalism and exposing memoir. Blending medical research with personal anecdotes, Silverman creates a book ideal for anyone who has encountered what it is to be different and searched for answers in the aftermath of the unexpected.