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18 new books to read on the beach this week.

Katie Yee

May 25, 2021, 4:44am

Eighteen new books coming in hot! Any book is a beach read if you read it on the beach, right?

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Salman Rushdie, Languages of Truth

Salman Rushdie, Languages of Truth
(Random House)

“Formidably erudite, engagingly passionate, and endlessly informative: a literary treat.”
–Kirkus

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Steven Rowley, The Guncle
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“A laugh-out-loud heartwarmer.”
–O, the Oprah Magazine

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Liv Stratman, Cheat Day
(Scribner)

“Stratman debuts with a sweet, smart account of one woman’s attempt to add some spark and direction to her humdrum everyday.”
–Publishers Weekly

Revival Season, Monica West

Monica West, Revival Season
(Simon & Schuster)

“Explosive … West does a fantastic job illuminating the struggles faced by women and girls in the Southern Baptist evangelical movement.”
–Publishers Weekly

Beyond, Catherine Wolff

Catherine Wolff, Beyond
(Riverhead)

“Spiritualists of any stripe will find much to ponder.”
–Publishers Weekly

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams
(Knopf)

“Flanagan writes movingly about environmental destruction.”
–The Times

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Jonathan Balcombe, Super Fly
(Penguin)

“In vivid prose, Balcombe perfectly illustrates the complexity of the natural world. Armchair naturalists will find this a stunning and welcome complement to similar volumes such as The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild or The Soul of an Octopus.”
–Publishers Weekly

Samantha Silva, Love and Fury
(Flatiron)

“Silva’s strong visual language enhances an otherwise matter-of-fact retelling of Wollstonecraft’s brief, eventful life.”
–Kirkus

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Veronica O’Keane, A Sense of Self
(W. W. Norton)

“…it’s an immersive and informative look at how memory works, and what happens when it doesn’t.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Edward-Isaac Dovere, Battle for the Soul
(Viking)

“A wide-ranging history of a tangled campaign—catnip for politics junkies.”
–Kirkus

Katherine Johnson_My Remarkable Journey

Katherine Johnson, My Remarkable Journey
(Amistad)

“The onetime ‘hidden figure’ recounts her extraordinary path from the Jim Crow South to the halls of NASA.”
–Washington Independent Review of Books

Kathy Wang_Impostor Syndrome

Kathy Wang, Impostor Syndrome
(Custom House)

“Like John le Carré filtered through Tom Wolfe, Impostor Syndrome encapsulates our Facebook anxieties perfectly.”
–The Millions

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J. B. MacKinnon, The Day the World Stops Shopping
(Ecco Press)

“A well-researched and provocative analysis offering hope and optimism for our future.”
–Kirkus

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Sam Apple, Ravenous
(Liveright)

“Memoirist Apple (American Parent) delivers a gripping account of biochemist Otto Warburg (1883–1970) and the origins of modern cancer science in his excellent latest.”
–Publishers Weekly

Leah Garrett_X Troop

Leah Garrett, X Troop
(Houghton Mifflin)

“This scrupulous history shines a well-deserved spotlight on its heroic subjects.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Gigi Georges, Downeast 
(Harper)

“Enriched by the author’s love of the area and deep admiration for her subjects, this is a worthy tribute to a group of stalwart young women committed to forging their own paths.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Anita Diamant, Period. End of Sentence.
(Scribner)

“For young women, especially, this will provide a fascinating look back and powerful impetus to work for a shame-free future.”
–Publishers Weekly

Brian Moylan, The Housewives
(Flatiron)

“…this book’s conversational tone and deep look at the history of this cultural phenomenon makes it an easy sell to anyone with even a passing interest in reality television.”
–Booklist

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