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5 Must-Read Books for Summer

A curated list of this month's top reads


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The pleasures and dangers of growing up female and African American in 1970s Brooklyn is the subject of National Book Award–winning author Jacqueline Woodson’s first adult novel in 20 years. Another Brooklyn is already being praised for its lyricism and power.

A young woman whose sisters were kidnapped as children is the protagonist of Arrowood, Laura McHugh’s latest thriller. As in her first hit novel, The Weight of Blood, McHugh revels in the characters and secrets of small town life.

Nathan Hill’s debut novel The Nix may center around the strained relationship between a son and the mother who abandoned him, but Hill manages to throw in politics, mass media, and the history of racial protest in the U.S. with humor and insight.

Dream about summer travel with acclaimed novelist and lifelong explorer Russell Banks, who publishes a collection of travel writing called Voyager, including stories from the Caribbean, the Himalayas, Scotland, and more.  

Art book powerhouse Taschen is out with a super-designed two-volume tribute to the TV show Mad Men. It includes show stills, interviews, on-set photographs, costume designs, and notes from the writers’ room. Dry martini not included.

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