Whether you're off to the shore for the weekend or cooling off indoors, these new releases will have you excited to bury yourself in a story. Here, five engaging books to include on your summer reading list:
If you want a book that will make you laugh and cry all at once, look no further. In his debut novel, Steven Rowley tells the story of Ted Flask, a young writer unable to find love with anyone other than his aging dachshund, Lily. Together, the two friends face the truths of love and loss, as they confront an unrelenting mythical sea creature that threatens the existence of their relationship. This hilarious, quick read is guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings, and will instantly strike a chord with all dog lovers.
Music journalist David Hepworth offers a look back into 1971—a revolutionary year for Rock 'n' Roll—in his latest summer release. The British author takes readers on a tour of critical music moments and artists who defined the coming decade, and the forces that shaped the genre's lasting influence. From music maniacs to history buffs, this is one summer read for everyone.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada brings us a new novel this season about a beautiful tennis prodigy who makes a pact to work with notorious tennis coach, Todd Feltner. Ultimately, Charlotte "Charlie" Silver—who doesn't like to play by the rules—finds herself catapulted into a world of headlines for her actions both on and off the court. Keep up with the characters in this sizzling, fast-paced story with all the makings of a perfect beach read.
Tracing over 300 years of Ghanaian history, author Yaa Gyasi explores how both time and circumstance shape families and nations. The story begins with half-sisters Effia and Esi, who are born in different villages, and raised in different lifestyles and comforts in 18th century Ghana. The author traces each of the sisters' descendants through years of war, slavery, and love, bringing readers up to present day. If you enjoy character-packed story lines, and books that inspire you to speak about it at the dinner table, Homegoing is the pick for you.
Finding herself back in her childhood home to care for her mother, Roz, Betsey Lerner confronts the woman she spent years avoiding. Expecting frustration and boredom, she instead spends a week with the "Bridge Ladies," crossing generational divides to discover common ground. Crack open this wonderful mother-daughter read the next time you find yourself bored on the beach.