The 17 Best Summer Reads Of 2019

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The weather’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the #bookstagram competition is fiercer than ever. Enter this summer’s new releases. Whether you’re into linguistics, historical fiction, or family sagas that span countries, there’s a title that’s tailor-made for your beach bag. And for the social media-minded among us, don’t worry; from riotously colorful to minimalist-chic, there’s a cover to match every outfit.

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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel

If you’re going through Elena Ferrante withdrawals, this is the book for you. A rich, sweeping tale of an Italian-American family and their long-buried secrets, Juliet Grames’ debut follows a probably-cursed Italian girl named Stella as she comes of age in 1920s Calabria, emigrates to America with her family in 1939, and turns her back on her once-beloved baby sister Tina. In the present day, an elderly Stella and Tina—as well as the younger generations of Fortunas—must reckon with the fallout from this enduring family feud.

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