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    21 new books to keep your summer reading going strong.

    Katie Yee

    July 7, 2021, 4:52am

    Remember when you were a kid and you went to the library during the summer for the free AC, and they would give you this chart where you could track your reading? I miss that. In adult life, no one gives you stickers or pencils or cheap branded drawstring backpacks for reading 25 books over the summer, and that’s a shame.


    The Comfort Book

    Matt Haig, The Comfort Book

    “With Haig’s trademark empathy and celebration of the resilience of the human heart, this is a book we all need and deserve.”

    The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

    Miranda Cowley Heller, The Paper Palace

    “Heller’s prose is full of lush atmospheric details. This will keep the reader guessing all the way to the end.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    the brilliant abyss

    Helen Scales, The Brilliant Abyss
    (Atlantic Monthly)

    “Its overall effect is not to clarify the waters—to create something as bright and blue as a Cameron scene—but to insist that what’s already down there matters, even or especially when it is hidden from our view.”
    –The New Republic

    this is your mind on plant_michael pollan

    Michael Pollan, This Is Your Mind on Plants
    (Penguin Press)

    “A wide-ranging investigation that will interest anyone curious about consciousness-altering substances and their varying legality.”
    –Library Journal


    Cai Chongda, Vessel

    “a tantalizing portrait of a changing China in his dazzling English-language debut … It’s in this space that his writing glows, juxtaposing the beauty of both small-town living and urban life. This shines with the bright talent of an excellent storyteller.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

    Violet Kupersmith, Build Your House Around My Body
    (Random House)

    “Kupersmith proves herself a fearless driver who revels in the daunting challenge she has set for herself. There are so many ways this novel could have lost its balance; instead, its too-much-ness makes for a thrilling read, acrobatic and filled with verve.”
    –The New York Times Book Review

    The Stranger Times_CK MCDonnell

    C.K. McDonnell, The Stranger Times
    (Bantam Press)

    “McDonnell packs jokes into every layer of his writing — narration, description, dialogue — and they always propel, rather than hold up, the business of storytelling, which is the real test of a comic author.”
    –The Times

    amy sohn_the man who hated women

    Amy Sohn, The Man Who Hated Women
    (Bantam Press)

    “By any standard, this is a fascinating group of women. Sohn is a vivid writer with an eye for detail, and she is clearly inspired by her subjects’ fervent beliefs and dramatic lives.”
    –Washington Monthly

    Wayward_Dana Spiotta

    Dana Spiotta, Wayward

    “So much contemporary fiction swims about in its own theories; what a pleasure to encounter not just ideas about the thing, but the thing itself—descriptions that irradiate the pleasure centers of the brain, a protagonist so densely, exuberantly imagined, she feels like a visitation.”
    –The New York Times

    Saved By a Song_Mary Gauthier

    Mary Gauthier, Saved By a Song
    (St. Martin’s)

    “Her book invites seasoned artists to deeper authenticity, new artists to deeper craft and all readers to deeper self-reflection.”

    The Very Nice Box by Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett

    Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett, The Very Nice Box
    (Houghton Mifflin)

    “Blending comedy, thriller, and romance to great and surprising effect, this should have wide appeal.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

    Emily Austin, Everyone in This Room Will Someday be Dead

    “As funny as the novel is, it’s equally dark and intensely harrowing. This debut is profound for its honest portrayal of mental health in a chaotic modern world.”
    –The Skinny

    Tim Parks, The Hero's Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna

    Tim Parks, The Hero’s Way
    (W.W. Norton)

    “This gripping account of Italy’s visionary past serves as a revealing window into its clouded present.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Mikita Brottman_Couple Found Slain

    Mikita Brottman, Couple Found Slain
    (Henry Holt)

    “This thought-provoking book adds to conversations about the role of psychiatric institutions and how society can offer solutions.”
    –Library Journal

    Dan Fesperman_The Cover Wife

    Dan Fesperman, The Cover Wife

    “An absorbing tale of terrorism with a tantalizing what if at its core.”

    After Cooling_Eric Dean Wilson

    Eric Dean Wilson, After Cooling
    (Simon & Schuster)

    “The author hangs a fascinating, troubling story—several, actually—on the history of Freon.”
    –The New York Journal of Books

    fox and i

    Catherine Raven, Fox and I
    (Spiegel & Grau)

    “Rich and meditative, Raven’s musings on nature and solitude are delightful company.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    a shock

    Keith Ridgway, A Shock
    (New Directions)

    “There is a special kind of reading pleasure in books that feature seemingly disconnected stories of interlocking lives.”
    –The Irish Times

    Nobody Somebody Anybody, Kelly McClorey

    Kelly McClorey, Nobody, Somebody, Anybody

    “With beautiful subtlety, McClorey conveys warping loneliness as Amy anthropomorphizes the world around her, seeing raspberries and deli packages as companions.”

    the tiger mom's tale_lyn liao butler

    Lyn Liao Butler, The Tiger Mom’s Tale

    ” If you’re looking for a quick story to devour, give this a gander, especially if you love a good family drama, and one that includes learning something about our Asian culture and Taiwanese food!”
    –The Nerd Daily

    Books Promiscuously Read_Heather Cass White

    Heather Cass White, Books Promiscuously Read

    “A book that encourages the reading of other books, preferably with abandon.”

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