The 17 Best Summer Reads Of 2019


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 Nickel Boys: A Novel

If you thought Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad was a tour de force, wait until you get your hands on The Nickel Boys. In the depths of the Jim Crow South, two black boys—one a cynic and one an idealist—are sentenced to a segregated reform school where they are made to endure beatings and sexual abuse. As the two protagonists grow increasingly committed to their opposing world views, they are confronted with a decision, the consequences of which will reverberate for years to come.

Available July 16.

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