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.

7 of 17

City of Girls: A Novel

When she started work on her new novel, Elizabeth Gilbert set out to write a book in which no female characters would be punished for promiscuity. The result: City of Girls, a deliciously frothy novel set amid the glamour of the 1940s theatre world in New York City. Now 89, Vivian Morris reflects on the year she was kicked out of college and sent to live in Manhattan with her flamboyant Aunt Peg—a decision destined to change the fate of the then-19-year-old’s life.

Available June 4.

7 of 17