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It’s summer. It’s time to sit back and relax by the pool while soaking in the rays with a frosty beverage and a good book. But what to read? With so much going on in today’s busy world, it seems like new literature is getting lost in the shuffle. We took a look and found some of the best new books to read while you are taking it easy this summer.
Flieshman is in Trouble
By Taffy Brodesser-Akner
This book is about a father of two who has been abandoned by his wife and struggles to maintain a career while raising two kids. New York Times book reviewer Tom Rachman called this book, as “witty and observant” as well as “a mix of upsetting and satisfying.”
My Lovely Wife
By Samantha Downing
This book about a married couple who decide to liven up their marriage by committing murder might be a good read for crime aficionados. This book has been described as “giddily cynical” by Entertainment reviewer David Canfield.
The Gifted School
By Bruce Holsinger
At a time when scandals surround college admission this book is timely. This work of fiction is about four families all vying for one spot for their children at a prestigious school. The Kirkus Review says that “it’s acute observation of how social circles work [and] attention to detail” makes this one book worth reading.
by Helen Oyeyem
This fairy-tale-like book tells of the travels of three generations of women as they journey from the fictional land of Druhástrana and back. NPR reviewer Michael Schaub touts the author’s ability to not only get the reader to not only “suspend their disbelief but through it out of the window as well.”
Written by: Ted Chiang
This collection of science fiction short stories is perfect for when you are between activities. His stories invent crazy new technologies, ponder what it means to be human, and discuss the ramifications of artificial intelligence. Vox writer Constance Grady describes it as a “shining example of sci-fi at its best.”
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
By Casey Cep
This book chronicles the real-life murder of an Alabama family as well as To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee’s obsession with it. New York Times book reviewer Michael Lewis calls is a superbly written book that “captures both the fascinating details surrounding the true crime and also Lee’s heartbreaking coverage of it.”
By Lauren Wilkinson
This relatable spy novel is a tale that is a romance, a family drama, and thriller all wrapped into one. New York Journal of Books reviewer and author Jonathan Power lauds the author’s ability “to give a story just the right pace with enough twists and turns to encourage the reader to finish it in one sitting.”
If you love reading while you, while away your summer days check out some of these amazing page turners. Whether it’s by the pool, on an airplane bound for an exotic destination, or between visits with your family, check out one or all of these books.
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