SUMMER READS

part one

by Kathryn Brooks, Fiona Clarke and Sarah Robertson

Whether it’s on a vacation to a remote locale or lazy days by the pool, these new page-turners will help you beat the heat.

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

A newly-single, professionally frustrated thirty-something witnesses her father, a once-idolized professor of history, gradually and ironically lose his ability to remember the past in this light-as-air yet powerful debut. At turns both tenderly poignant and blisteringly funny, it’s a story of a young adult who travels back to her roots hoping to take solace in their constancy—only to find that home is about to deal her her greatest obstacle yet.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins 

The anxiously-awaited second thriller by the author of The Girl on the Train has finally arrived, and it contains just as many hair-raising plot twists as the first. This time, Hawkins’ absorbing and chilling cast of mothers, daughters and sisters grapples with the implications of memory, exploring what happens when our conflicting  recollections of personal  histories collide to destroy the present.

 

My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul

The editor of the New York Times’s books coverage pens a narrative of her own—a personal account of her life as told through the books she read at its most pivotal junctures. Spoiler alert: “Bob” is not a partner, colleague, or family member, but her “Book of Books,”—a journal in which she simply records every title she has read since her teenage years—constitutes a presence in her life no less animated or vital than that of a living, breathing companion.

 

Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

The celebrated cultural critic and brutally honest memoirist collects 40 years’ worth of his own diary entries, revealing everything from his suburban American upbringing and complex relationships with his sisters and parents to his struggles with drug addiction and his well-deserved rise up the ranks of American literary stardom. Expect tears and laughter in equal measure, and ample pearls of life wisdom along the way.

 

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

The New Yorker writer stages a daring feat of literary courage by exposing her deeply intimate recollections of the infidelity that upended her marriage—and life as she knew it. Despite the singularity of her confessional style, Levy’s is a memoir with universal relevance, mining by way of her own trials the general conditions of modern life’s social and gender expectations.

 

Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms by Maureen Chiquet

The former CEO of Chanel outlines her inspiring path to success, from literature major to global fashion executive, filled with vivid anecdotes and memorable tidbits of advice along the way. The result is a passionate treatise on determination and life balance that applies to aspiring professionals in any field.