Summertime is almost here, which means lazy weekends at the beach and afternoons in the garden. If you’re looking for the perfect book to read while lounging in the sunshine, look no further. Here are fifty of the most exciting books hitting stores in June, July, and August! (#1-25 are fiction; #26-50 are nonfiction.)
Note: The book synopses in this post are from Amazon.com. Most have been abbreviated and/or paraphrased to keep the total word count down to a reasonable level. This post contains affiliate links. Complimentary copies of some of the books mentioned here were sent to me by the publishers.
June 6 | Algonquin
In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie’s father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease-ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions.
2. Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou, Translated by Helen Stevenson
June 6 | The New Press
It’s not easy being Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko. There’s that long name for a start. Then there’s the orphanage where he lives, where he’s terrorized by two fellow orphans—the twins Songi-Songi and Tala-Tala. But after Moses exacts revenge on the twins by lacing their food with hot pepper, they take him under their wing, escape the orphanage, and move to the bustling port town of Pointe-Noire, where they form a gang that survives on petty theft. What follows is a tale that chronicles Moses’ ultimately tragic journey through the Pointe-Noire underworld and the politically repressive world of Congo-Brazzaville in the 1970s and 80s.
June 6 | Riverhead
When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The adults are lulled by the ship’s comfort and ease. The four children—ages six to eleven—love the nonstop buffet and their newfound independence. But when they all go ashore for an adventure in Central America, a series of minor misfortunes and miscalculations leads the families further from the safety of the ship. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone. The parents, accustomed to security and control, turn on each other and blame themselves, while the seemingly helpless children discover resources they never knew they possessed.
4. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
June 6 | Custom House
While visiting coastal Essex in the wake of her husband’s death, Cora Seaborne learns of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is certain that this magical sea beast may actually be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors but unlike Cora, he is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic. These seeming opposites soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart—an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected.
June 6 | Knopf
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond. The tale begins with Anjum unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved her. We meet Tilo’s landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.
June 6 | Harper
During a heat wave in 1991, ten-year-old Anton has been locked in an apartment in the projects, alone, for seven days, without electricity. He shatters a window and climbs out and is covered in blood when the police find him. A scion of Northeastern privilege, Judge David Coleman uses his connections to keep his new foster son, Anton, with him and his wife—actions that will have devastating consequences in the years to come. Eventually, Anton, too, rises within the establishment. But when he discovers the truth about his birth mother and his adopted parents, he must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most.
June 6 | Blue Rider Press
Grad student Will Dillard has largely buried memories of the summer he spent at a camp intended to “cure” homosexuality. But when he finds out a horror movie based on the camp is hitting theaters, he’s forced to face his past—and his role in another camper’s death. As he recounts the events surrounding his “failed rehabilitation,” Will strikes out on an impromptu road trip back home to Mississippi, eventually returning to the abandoned campgrounds to solve the mysteries of that pivotal summer.
June 13 | Putnam
Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her father kidnapped her mother and kept her in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her father…until she learned precisely how savage he could be. More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has escaped from prison and disappeared into the marshland once more. Helena knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King—because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.
June 13 | MCD
Deeply enmeshed in the 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square, Mariam and Khalil move through Cairo’s surging streets and roiling political underground, their lives burning with purpose, their city alive in open revolt, the world watching, listening, as they chart a course into an unknown future. They are―they believe―fighting a new kind of revolution; they are players in a new epic in the making.
June 13 | William Morrow
Nikki, the progressive daughter of Indian immigrants, takes a job teaching a creative writing course in the heart of London’s Punjabi community. When one of the proper Sikh widows who signs up finds a book of sexy stories and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that her students have a wealth of fantasies. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories. Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s “moral police.” But when some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.
June 13 | Scribner
A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, Lydia Smith keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling regular kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. When she flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?
June 27 | Putnam
Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the U.S. embassy in Jordan, but that’s all the women have in common. After two years, Cassie’s become an expert on the rules, but Margaret sees only her chance to explore. So when a fender-bender sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie reluctantly agrees to watch Margaret’s toddler son. As the hours pass, Cassie’s frustration turns to fear: Why isn’t Margaret answering her phone and why is it taking so long to sort out a routine accident? Snooping around Margaret’s apartment, Cassie begins to question her friend’s whereabouts and her own role in Margaret’s disappearance.
13. Before Everything by Victoria Redel
June 27 | Viking
Before Everything is a celebration of friendship between a group of women who have known each another since they were girls. They’ve faced everything together. Now, as Anna, the group’s trailblazer and brightest spark, enters hospice, they gather to talk and laugh and help each other make choices and plans in Anna’s rural Massachusetts home. The friends revel in the hilarious mistakes they’ve seen each another through, the secrets kept, and adventures shared. But now all sense of time has shifted, and the pattern of their lives together takes on new meaning.
July 4 | Pegasus
Estranged at the age of six from her mother, brilliant architect Afroze Bhana has carved out an impressive life for herself in Cape Town. But when she receives word that her aging mother is desperately ill, she finds herself compelled to return to her birthplace to find answers. Afroze arrives in Brighton to find that her mother, Sylvie, is a shadow of her formidable self, but Sylvie has still retained her anger toward the daughter she sent away. She is cared for by the fiercely protective Halaima, a Malawian refugee. Especially painful for Afroze is the love and affection that Sylvie showers on Bibi, Halaima’s daughter―love which she could never give her own daughter.
15. Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco
July 4 | Riverhead
A young boy has fled his home. He’s pursued by dangerous forces. What lies before him is an infinite, arid plain, one he must cross in order to escape those from whom he’s fleeing. One night on the road, he meets an old goatherd, a man who lives simply but righteously, and from that moment on, their paths intertwine. Out in the Open tells the story of this journey through a drought-stricken country ruled by violence. In this landscape the boy—not yet a lost cause—has the chance to choose hope and bravery, or to live forever mired in the cycle of violence in which he was raised.
16. The Tower of Antilles by Achy Obejas
July 4 | Akashic
The Cubans in Achy Obejas’s story collection The Tower of the Antilles are haunted by an island: the island they fled, the island they’ve created, the island they were taken to or forced from, the island they long for, the island they return to, and the island that can never be home again.
17. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
July 11 | Viking
Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. In What We Lose, we watch Thandi’s life unfold, from learning to live without the person who has most profoundly shaped her existence to her own encounters with romance and unexpected motherhood.
July 11 | Putnam
The parents of Robin Conrad, a ten-year-old white girl, are killed and the daughter of Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman, goes missing in the Soweto Uprising in 1970s South Africa under Apartheid. After Robin is sent to live with her aunt, Beauty is hired to care for her and the two forge an inextricable bond. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection.
19. Refuge by Dina Nayeri
July 11 | Riverhead
An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over twenty years, as she transforms from confused immigrant to overachieving Westerner, daughter and father know each other only from four crucial visits over two decades, each in a different international city. The longer they are apart, the more their lives diverge, but also the more each comes to need the other’s wisdom. Meanwhile, refugees of all nationalities are flowing into Europe. Wanting to help, but also looking for a lost sense of home, our grown-up transplant finds herself quickly entranced by a world that is at once everything she has missed and nothing that she has ever known.
July 11 | W.W. Norton
A young woman in an arranged marriage awakens one day surprised to find herself in love with her husband. A retired divorcé tries to become the perfect partner by reading women’s magazines. A man’s longstanding contempt for his cousin suddenly shifts inward when he witnesses his cousin caring for a sick woman. Tender and darkly comic, the protagonists in A Life of Adventure and Delight deceive themselves and engage in odd behaviors as they navigate how to be good, how to make meaningful relationships, and the strengths and pitfalls of self-interest.
July 11 | Algonquin
When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community. Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?
22. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
July 25 | Scout Press
On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”
23. Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka
August 1 | Simon & Schuster
When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.
24. Yesterday by Felicia Yap
August 1 | Mulholland
Imagine a world in which classes are divided not by wealth or religion but by how much each group can remember. Monos, the majority, have only one day’s worth of memory; elite Duos have two. In this stratified society, Claire and Mark are a rare mixed marriage. Clare is a conscientious Mono housewife, Mark a politician Duo on the rise. They are a shining example of a new vision of tolerance and equality—until…A beautiful woman is found dead, her body dumped in England’s River Cam. The woman is Mark’s mistress, and he is the prime suspect in her murder.
25. The Mountain by Paul Yoon
August 15 | Simon & Schuster
In The Mountain, Paul Yoon gives us six thematically linked stories, taking place across several continents and time periods and populated with characters who are connected by their traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace in their futures. Though they exist in their own distinct worlds (from a sanatorium in the Hudson Valley to an inn in the Russian far east) they are united by the struggle to reconcile their traumatic pasts in the wake of violence, big and small, spiritual and corporeal.50 Amazing New Books You Need to Read This SummerClick To Tweet
26. Loving by Sheryll Cashin
June 6 | Beacon Press
Drawing from the earliest chapters in U.S. history, legal scholar Sheryll Cashin reveals the enduring legacy of America’s original sin, tracing how we transformed from a country without an entrenched construction of race to a nation where one drop of non-white blood merited exclusion from full citizenship. In vivid detail, she illustrates how the idea of whiteness was created by the planter class of yesterday, and is reinforced by today’s power-hungry dog-whistlers to divide struggling whites and people of color, ensuring plutocracy and undermining the common good.
27. The Long Haul by Finn Murphy
June 6 | W.W. Norton
More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker’s-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.
28. Sea Power by Admiral James Stavridis
June 6 | Penguin Press
From the time of the Greeks and the Persians clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power. In Sea Power, Admiral Stavridis takes us with him on a tour of the world’s oceans from the admiral’s chair, showing us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has in a real sense made the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.
June 13 | Little, Brown, & Co.
Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie’s bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It’s these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.
30. Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif
June 13 | Simon & Schuster
Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca. In her adolescence, she was a religious radical but what a difference an education can make. By her twenties she was a computer security engineer, one of few women working in a desert compound that resembled suburban America. That’s when the Saudi kingdom’s contradictions became too much to bear: she was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues and she was forbidden from driving down city streets behind the wheel. Daring to Drive is the memoir of an accidental activist, a story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men—and won.
June 13 | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Not since the atomic bomb has a technology so alarmed its inventors that they warned the world about its use. Not, that is, until the spring of 2015, when biologist Jennifer Doudna called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of the new gene-editing tool CRISPR—a revolutionary new technology designed to make heritable changes in human embryos. The most effective way of manipulating DNA ever known, CRISPR may well give us the cure to innumerable diseases. Yet even the tiniest changes to DNA could have myriad, unforeseeable consequences—to say nothing of the ethical repercussions of intentionally mutating embryos to create “better” humans.
June 13 | Henry Holt
For her whole life, reporter Souad Mekhennet, who was born and educated in Germany, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing—Muslim and Western. In this memoir, we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in France, Belgium, and her native Germany, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization.
June 20 | Simon & Schuster
What would it be like to see everyone as a friend? Twelve-year-old Eli D’Angelo has a genetic disorder that obliterates social inhibitions, making him irrepressibly friendly, indiscriminately trusting toward everyone he meets. It also makes him enormously vulnerable. Eli lacks the innate skepticism that will help his peers navigate adolescence more safely—and vastly more successfully. Journalist Jennifer Latson follows Eli over three critical years of his life as his mother, Gayle, must decide whether to shield Eli entirely from the world and its dangers or give him the freedom to find his own way and become his own person.
34. A Paris Year by Janice MacLeod
June 20 | St. Martin’s Griffin
Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first day in Paris, Janice MacLeod, the author of the best-selling book, Paris Letters, began a journal recording in illustrations and words, nearly every sight, smell, taste, and thought she experienced in the City of Light. The end result is more than a diary: it’s a detailed and colorful love letter to one of the most romantic and historically rich cities on earth.
35. Into the Gray Zone by Adrian Owen
June 20 | Scribner
Into the Gray Zone takes readers to the edge of a dazzling, humbling frontier in our understanding of the brain: the “gray zone” between full consciousness and brain death. People in this middle place have sustained traumatic brain injuries or are the victims of stroke or degenerative diseases. Many are oblivious to the outside world, and their doctors believe they are incapable of thought. But a sizable number have intact minds adrift deep within damaged brains and bodies. What is life like for these patients? What are the ethical implications for religious organizations, politicians, the Right to Die movement, and even insurers?
June 27 | Harper Wave
Nearly twenty-six years after receiving her first heart transplant, Amy Silverstein’s donor heart plummeted into failure. If she wanted to live, she had to take on the grueling quest for a new heart—immediately. When her friends heard of her plans, there was only one reaction: “I’m there.” Nine remarkable women put demanding jobs and pressing family obligations on hold to fly across the country and be by Amy’s side. Empowered by the kind of empathy that can only grow with age, these women, banded together to provide her with something that medicine alone could not. They saw the true measure of their friend’s strength, and they each responded in kind.
37. Woolly by Ben Mezrich
July 4 | Atria
A group of young scientists, under the guidance of Dr. George Church, the most brilliant geneticist of our time, works to make fantasy reality by sequencing the DNA of a frozen woolly mammoth harvested from above the Arctic circle, and splicing elements of that sequence into the DNA of a modern elephant. Will they be able to turn the hybrid cells into a functional embryo and bring the extinct creatures to life in our modern world? More than a story of genetics, this is a thriller illuminating the ethical quandary of cloning extinct animals. Can we right the wrongs of our ancestors who hunted the woolly mammoth to extinction—and at what cost?
July 11 | Simon & Schuster
Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The Chickenshit Club—an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs—explains why. A character-driven narrative, the book tells the story from inside the Department of Justice. The complex and richly reported story spans the last decade and a half of prosecutorial fiascos, corporate lobbying, trial losses, and culture shifts that have stripped the government of the will and ability to prosecute top corporate executives.
39. Saving Charlotte by Pia de Jong
July 11 | W.W. Norton
On a still summer night in Amsterdam’s old quarter, Pia de Jong gives birth to a delicate, bright-eyed baby girl with a riddle on her back―a pale blue spot that soon multiplies. Soon, a doctor reveals the devastating answer: it is a rare and deadly form of leukemia, often treated with chemotherapy, a cure nearly as dangerous to a newborn as the disease itself. Pia and her husband Robbert decide not to subject Charlotte to chemotherapy. Instead, they transform their canal house into a sanctuary where Charlotte can live surrounded by love, where Pia can give her a chance to live. In return, Charlotte gives her mother the greatest gift of all: purpose.
July 11 | Arcade
In 1962, eighteen-year-old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Anaïs Nin’s Village apartment. The chance meeting would change the course of her life and begin her years as Anaïs’s accomplice, keeping her mentor’s confidences―including that of her bigamy―even after Anaïs Nin’s death and the passing of her husbands, until now. From personal memories to dramatized scenarios based on Anaïs’s revelations to the author, Apprenticed to Venus blurs the lines between novel and memoir to bring to life a seductive and entertaining character―the pioneer whose mantra was, “A woman has as much right to pleasure as a man!”
41. Hunger by Roxane Gay
July 13 | Harper
In Hunger, Roxane Gay explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. Hunger is a deeply personal memoir that tells a story that hasn’t yet been told but needs to be.
42. Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky
July 18 | Ten Speed Press
A richly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than forty sports. The athletes featured include well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, as well as lesser-known champions like Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a professional men’s league, and skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee.
43. The Stars in Our Eyes by Julie Klam
July 18 | Riverhead
Julie Klam admits, “I’ve always been enamored with celebrities. They are the us we want to be.” Celebrities today have a global presence and can be, Klam writes, “some girl on Instagram who does nude yoga and has 3.5 million followers, a thirteen-year-old ‘viner,’ and a Korean rapper who posts his videos that are viewed millions of times.” In The Stars in Our Eyes, Klam examines this phenomenon. She delves deep into what makes someone a celebrity, explains why we care about celebrities more than ever, and uncovers the bargains they make with the public and the burdens they bear to sustain this status.
44. The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich, Translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
July 25 | Random House
In The Unwomanly Face of War, Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. These women—more than a million in total—were nurses and doctors, pilots, tank drivers, machine-gunners, and snipers. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten. Alexievich traveled thousands of miles and visited more than a hundred towns to record these women’s stories. Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war—the everyday details of life in combat left out of the official histories.
45. Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man by Martin Corona with Tony Rafael
July 25 | Dutton
Martin Corona, a US citizen, fell into the outlaw life at twelve and worked for a crew run by the Arellano brothers, founders of the the Tijuana drug cartel that dominated the Southern California drug trade. How does someone become evil, a murderer who can kill without hesitation? This story is an insight into how it happened to one human being and how he now lives with himself. He is no longer a killer; he has asked for forgiveness; he has made a kind of peace for himself. Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man is a cautionary tale, but also one that shows that evil doesn’t have to be forever.
46. Zapped by Bob Berman
August 8 | Little, Brown, & Co.
Zapped tells the story of all the light we cannot see, tracing infrared, microwaves, ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays, radio waves and other forms of radiation from their historic, world-altering discoveries in the 19th century to their central role in our modern way of life, setting the record straight on health costs (and benefits) and exploring the consequences of our newest technologies.
47. Wild Things by Bruce Handy
August 15 | Simon & Schuster
In Wild Things, Bruce Handy revisits the classics of every American childhood, from fairy tales to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and explores the back stories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most insightful, creative, and witty authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces. Along the way, Handy learns what The Cat in the Hat says about anarchy and absentee parenting, which themes are shared by The Runaway Bunny and Portnoy’s Complaint, and why Ramona Quimby is as true an American icon as Tom Sawyer or Jay Gatsby.
August 22 | Avery
In this book, Dale Bredesen, M.D., offers hope to anyone looking to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Revealing that AD is not one condition, but three, The End of Alzheimer’s outlines 36 metabolic factors that can trigger “downsizing” in the brain. The protocol shows us how to rebalance these factors using lifestyle modifications. Of the first 10 patients on the protocol, 9 displayed significant improvement with 3-6 months; since then the protocol has yielded similar results with hundreds more. Now, The End of Alzheimer’s brings new hope to a broad audience with a complete step-by-step plan that fundamentally changes how we treat AD.
49. To Siri with Love by Judith Newman
August 22 | Harper
When Judith Newman shared the story of how Apple’s electronic personal assistant, Siri, helped Gus, her son who has autism, she received widespread media attention and an outpouring of affection from readers around the world. Judith’s story of her son and his bond with Siri was an unusual tribute to technology. While many worry that our electronic gadgets are dumbing us down, she revealed how they can give voice to others, including children with autism like Gus—a boy who has trouble looking people in the eye, hops when he’s happy and connects with inanimate objects on an empathetic level.
50. Quakeland by Kathryn Miles
August 29 | Dutton
Earthquakes. You need to worry about them only if you’re in San Francisco, right? Wrong. We have been making enormous changes to subterranean America, and Mother Earth, as always, has been making some of her own…The consequences for our communities will be huge because they will include earthquakes most of us do not expect and cannot imagine. Kathryn Miles descends into mines in the Northwest, visits the South to see what the Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis is learning about the next major US quake, uncovers the horrific risks of an earthquake in the Northeast, and interviews the people around the country who are addressing this ground shaking threat.
Which books are you most excited to read this summer?