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6/2/2021: 20 of the Best New Summer Books from Oprah Magazine

20 of the Best New Summer Books to Pick Up This June.
Beach reading season has officially begun.

 

The column with the list and reviews of each title is here.

"There is no best life without books," Oprah recently told the virtual crowd during her keynote speech at the inaugural U.S. Book Show. So as we kick off summer (finally!) we're heeding Oprah's mantra and spending the first weeks of the season in the exhilarating company of some of June's best new reads.

Craving excitement? Debut novelist Zakiya Delila Harris's "The Other Black Girl" is glam, creepy, and funny as it skewers the mostly white book publishing industry. For a dose of hometown nostalgia, Beck Dorey-Stein's "Rock The Boat" imagines what happens when unforeseen heartbreak drives a 30-something Manhattanite back to Jersey, which is "as awkward as trying to wiggle back into a wet bathing suit." And, "The Silent Patient" author Alex Michaelides returns with a Greek mythology-inflected mystery.

If non-fiction's more your jam, we've got some meaty works for your brain to chew on. Among them: poet and magazine columnist Clint Smith's reckoning with the history of slavery in America; "White Rage" author Carol Anderson's deep-dive into the Second Amendment; Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright's exploration of how the coronavirus impacted our lives; and the latest release on Oprah's book imprint, "Somebody's Daughter"—an inspiring memoir about family, trauma, and triumph by Ashley Ford.

There is a luxuriousness to summer reading—even if you're not on the beach—that makes us look forward to the steamy temps all year. So break out the pool floats and margaritas and settle in with some of our latest faves. Happy reading!

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The Other Black Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982160135
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Published: Atria Books - June 1st, 2021

Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

Kin: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635574555
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 8th, 2021

Malibu Rising: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524798659
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 1st, 2021

The Sweetness of Water: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780316461276
Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 15th, 2021

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635574258
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 1st, 2021

Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450543
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 1st, 2021

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu Cover Image
By Tom Lin
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316542159
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984854995
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - June 8th, 2021

Rock the Boat: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509158
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Published: The Dial Press - June 29th, 2021

Skye Falling: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801609
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Published: Random House - June 22nd, 2021

Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280468
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 8th, 2021

One Last Stop Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

The Woman in the Purple Skirt: A Novel Cover Image
By Natsuko Imamura, Lucy North (Translated by)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780143136026
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Published: Penguin Books - June 8th, 2021

With Teeth: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593191507
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2021

The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593320723
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Published: Knopf - June 8th, 2021

The Maidens Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250304452
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Published: Celadon Books - June 15th, 2021

Filthy Animals Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538912
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 22nd, 2021

Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374603663
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 15th, 2021