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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Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language

Sometimes it seems like there’s no “right” way for a woman to talk. If we’re blunt or assertive, we’re called rude—but if we apologize, equivocate, or use the word “like” more than once, we’re dismissed as frivolous and unprofessional. Fortunately, feminist linguist and journalist Amanda Montell has a book for that. In Wordslut, Montell takes readers on a dirty-sexy-funny romp through the history of language and offers insights on reclamation of fraught terms like “bitch” or “nasty woman.” If you, too, are ready to free the vocal fry, this title is unmissable.

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