When the weather warms up, so does our mood. Whether you have a beach holiday on the way or just want to spend a sunny afternoon in the park, there is no better time than now to replenish our vitamin D stores, and no better way to do it than with a book in hand . Below are twenty new and upcoming titles with perfect moods in hot weather, perfect for the jet-setters among us – as well as those of us for whom the term “beach reading” is a bit more hopeful.
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A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barach
It’s a classic story: boy meets girl, boy and girl make it official, girl gets engrossed in her obsession with the boy’s ex-boyfriend. In Barach’s withering debut, the protagonist Naomi takes it a step further. Not content with just pursuing Rosemary, her boyfriend’s ex, Naomi begins to write a novel about her – but when she decides to befriend Rosemary for “research”, her lies quickly get out of control.
Tell me all: The story of a private investigation by Erika Krouse
True crime fanatics will devour this memoir of Krouse’s time on a contract job for a private detective agency. When a young lawyer orders her to investigate a sexual assault, the case takes over her life and goes into the air in a landmark legal battle.
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
Beatriz’s family lost everything in the Mexican War of Independence, so when the wealthy and beautiful Don Rodolfo Solórzano asks for her hand, she does not think twice about saying yes. But there’s something eerie lurking in her new husband’s country estate. Described as “Mexican Gothic meetings Rebecca”(Sign us up!), Cañas’ first novel is a tale of romance, fear and supernatural threats.
Just by looking at him by Ryan O’Connell
Behind the shining veneer of his life as a TV writer in Los Angeles, Elliott is a mess: his alcoholism is getting out of control, he can not stop being unfaithful to his girlfriend, and living with cerebral palsy in an intensely skilled the world is no picnic. But turning his life around is easier said than done. Fans of O’Connell’s Netflix series Particular (RIP) will not be surprised to hear that his literary debut is as deserving of the title as his work on screen.
Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
Ava Wong is a successful lawyer with a beautiful family, but behind the scenes, her marriage – and life – is falling apart. Join Winnie Fang, Ava’s classmate, with a suggestion for Ava: Help Winnie run her wildly successful counterfeit luxury wallet business. But as the consequences unfold, Winnie disappears, leaving Ava with the bag.
The Girls in Queens by Christine Kandic Torres
Ever since they grew up together in Queens, childhood neighbors Brisma and Kelly have been best friends for life. As they reunite as adults with the baseball phenomenon Brian, Brisma’s first love and the third member of their teenage trio, it seems like a reason to celebrate – until Brian is accused of sexual assault and the girls each have to decide where they stand. .
The Last Resort: A Chronicle of Paradise, Profit, and Peril at the Beach by Sarah Stodola
What could be a better beach reading than an exploratory deep dive into the dark underbelly of the beach resort industry? With expert precision, Stodola weaves travel notes, climate journalism, and shattering critiques of capitalism together into a cultural history that explores why we all flock to the beach in the first place.
Honey & Spice from Bolu Babalola
The bestselling author from the 2020s Love in colors is back with his first original novel, a toothache sweet rom-com that takes place on a university campus. Student radio host Kiki Banjo is an expert on her school’s residents in the relationship – so when she gets caught up in an argument with campus player number one, Malakai Korede, the only way to save her reputation is by pretending she and Malakai are seriously dating . But their fake relationship soon gives rise to real emotions.
One hundred other girls by Iman Hariri-Kia
Take the job or leave it; a hundred other people would kill to take your place. It is a common chorus in “glamorous” occupations such as television production and book publishing, often used to bully low-income workers into accepting unaffordable wages and degrading work environments. And that’s the situation Noora finds herself in when she’s hired as an assistant to Loretta James, editor-in-chief of Vinyl magazine. As her supposed dream job quickly turns out to be a waking nightmare, Noora is forced to decide where she stands – and what she stands for.
Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou
29-year-old Ingrid Yang is nearing the end of her PhD thesis on the poet Xiao-Wen Chou, when an unexpected discovery in her university archives destroys her entire life. What follows is a rolling, whip-smart ride through academia – an outrageously fun adventure that makes Ingrid reconsider her relationship with the white institutions to which she has dedicated her life.
Birds of California by Katie Cotugno
After years of tabloid intimidation and a very public collapse, adult child star Fiona St. James finally got his life back on track. The last thing she needs is her ex-brother on screen, Sam Fox, resurrecting in her life to suggest a revival of their show. Birds of California. As Fiona reluctantly agrees to meet Sam, both are surprised to feel a strong spark between them – but will the truth behind Fiona’s breakdown derail their infancy before it even begins?
Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley
The acclaimed essayist Crosley deals with thought control and self-created mystics in her new novel about a New Yorker at a crossroads in her life. Lola is newly engaged, but suddenly she encounters her exes everywhere she goes. Lola suspects the sudden attack may have something to do with her best friend, a former magazine editor who became a self-proclaimed spiritual guru. But what is her friend’s endgame? And how can Lola surpass the reach of this woman’s budding cult?
In Sensorium: Notes for My People by Tanaïs
Tanaïs’ deeply intimate new book is constructed as the base, heart and main notes of a perfume, and is no ordinary memoir. By weaving their own personal narrative along with an immersive cultural history of fragrance, the author and perfumer’s genre-defying work offers a truly multi-sensory reading experience.
In Yoruba, “wahala” means trouble – and that’s exactly what Londoners Ronke, Simi and Boo get when they welcome a new girl into their group of friends. Isobel is glamorous, mysterious and charismatic, and at first she seems like the kind of uplifting presence all three women have been waiting for, inspiring each of the ladies to be their best selves. But the excitement over new friendship soon leaves room for mistrust, with potentially deadly consequences.
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Having written the 2020 thriller that must not be missed, The guest list, Foley lifts its suspense play to staggering new heights in its latest release. After losing her bartender job in Brighton, England, Jess does not ask as much to go down to her older brother Ben’s apartment in Paris as to tell him when to expect her arrival. But when she arrives, Ben is nowhere to be found, and Jess begins to suspect that the other occupants of the building know more about his disappearance than they let on.
Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman
When she was in her twenties, author Chani Horowitz’s profile of movie star Gabe Parker put her on the map – largely because readers everywhere were obsessed with finding out if the two shared as much chemistry in real life as they did on the side. Ten years and a messy divorce later, Chani is back in LA trying to relaunch her career when Gabe’s representatives ask her to reunite with the actor for another interview. Chani reckons she has nothing to lose and says yes. After all, it’s not like old feelings between her and Gabe might reappear … well?
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
Perfect son, star student, occasional artist – Harvard senior Will Chen is the ideal 22-year-old. But after accepting a shady job offer from a mysterious Chinese patron, Will finds out he’s adding another title to his list of identifiers: robber leader. The goal? To steal five priceless sculptures that were originally looted from Beijing and returned to their country of origin. Expert balancing high octane number Ocean’s 11-style excitement with a lyrical meditation on the legacy of colonialism, Li’s debut novel offers us the fictional deceiver we deserve in 2022.
Florida Woman by Deb Rogers
Jamie is a woman from Florida: she has the experience of walking on the beach, the hurricane survival expertise and – now – the embarrassing viral arrest history to prove it. But she does not know that this is only the beginning. As Jamie takes a community service at a monkey sanctuary to avoid jail time, she is drawn into the sinister web of the three women who run the animal boarding school where she works.
Who is wellness for? by Fariha Roisin
Partly memoirs and partly intricately researched revelations of the wellness industry, the acclaimed author Roisin’s vital new book dives headlong into the wide world of 21st century “self-care”. In particular, Roisin explores the dilution and commodification of culturally specific practices for mass consumption. You will never look at turmeric the same way again.
Six Days in Rome by Francesca Giacco
In this sensual novel about rage, heartache and lust, a young artist named Emilia travels to Rome to reckon with the end of a relationship. As a meeting with an American expat sets in motion a new connection, Emilia begins to see herself in a new light – both as a woman and as an artist.
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