Summer 2019 Beach Read Guide

arrows212Here are 14 new book releases that are perfect for a day lounging at the beach or by the pool. Soak up some vitamin D, pour yourself a glass of rosé, and dive into one (or all) of these sensational summer reads. arrows212

Summer of ’69


by Elin Hilderbrand
Little, Brown and Company
June 18, 2019
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Chick-Lit: In her first “historical novel,” rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel. —Goodreads

The First Mistake 


by Sandie Jones
Minotaur Books
June 11, 2019
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Thriller/Suspense: From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend. —Goodreads

A Sand Book


by Ariana Reines
Tin House Books
June 18, 2019
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Poetry/Nonfiction: A Sand Book is a poetry collection in nine parts, a travel guide that migrates from wildfires to hurricanes, tweety bird to the president, lust to aridity, desertification to prophecy, and mother to daughter. . . .  In her long-awaited follow-up to Mercury, Reines has written her most ambitious work to date, but also her most visceral and satisfying. —Goodreads

Three Women


by Lisa Taddeo
Simon Schuster
July 9, 2019
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Nonfiction/Feminism: It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year. —Goodreads



by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
June 4, 2019
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Contemporary Fiction: A beautifully layered portrait of motherhood, immigration, and the sacrifices we make in the name of love from award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn. . . . Expertly evoking the jittery streets of New York and the languid rhythms of Jamaica, Patsy weaves between the lives of Patsy and Tru in vignettes spanning more than a decade as mother and daughter ultimately find a way back to one another. —Goodreads

The Nanny


by Gilly Macmillan
June 27, 2019
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Mystery/Thriller: In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie. —Goodreads

The Summer Country


by Lauren Willig
William Morrow
June 4, 2019
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Historical Fiction/Romance: When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts. Why would her practical-minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins? Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills—so eager that they invite Emily and her cousins to stay with them indefinitely? Emily finds herself bewitched by the beauty of the island even as she’s drawn into the personalities and politics of forty years before: a tangled history of clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom. —Goodreads

Mrs. Everything


by Jennifer Weiner
Atria Books
June 11, 2019
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Chick-Lit/Historical Fiction: From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes, comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through  history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives. —Goodreads

Is There Still Sex in City?


by Candace Bushnell
Grove Press
August 6, 2019
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Chick-Lit: Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book Sex and the City reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly on the wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty. —Goodreads

Girl in the Rearview Mirror


by Kelsey Rae Dimberg
William Morrow
June 18, 2019
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Mystery/Thriller: The young nanny for a prominent political family gets drawn into a web of deadly lies—including her own—in this stunning debut thriller with the menacing twists of Megan Abbott and the exquisite suspense of Laura Lippman. —Goodreads

More Than Enough:
Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)


by Elaine Welteroth
June 11, 2019
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Memoir/Self-Help: Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers. —Goodreads

City of Girls


by Elizabeth Gilbert
June 4, 2019
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Historical Fiction: Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. —Goodreads

I’ll Never Tell


by Catherine McKenzie
Lake Union Publishing
June 1, 2019
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Mystery/Thriller: What happened to Amanda Holmes? Twenty years ago, she washed up on shore in a rowboat with a gash to the head after an overnight at Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with a crime. Now, the MacAllister children are all grown up. After their parents die suddenly, they return to Camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate it’s sitting on. . . . Will they work together to solve the mystery, or will their suspicions and secrets finally tear the family apart? —Goodreads

The Most Fun We Ever Had


by Claire Lombardo
June 25, 2019
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Contemporary Fiction: Spanning nearly half a century, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, Lombardo’s debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us. In painting this luminous portrait of a family’s becoming, Lombardo joins the ranks of writers such as Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, and Jonathan Franzen as visionary chroniclers of our modern lives. —Goodreads


Updated: Just for fun, here is one more!


Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and You Too!


by Chelsea Handler
Spiegel & Grau
April 9, 2019
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Memoir/Humor: [Handler] embarks on a year of self-sufficiency–learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active–finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. —Goodreads

What are you reading this summer? Comment below & let us know!


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