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FICTION | In Straub’s infectiously warm fourth novel, an acerbic widow grapples — for the first time — with what kind of parent she was and how that shaped her three kids, and their kids, decades later.
FICTION | While most major book releases were pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic, the debut of Weiner’s 14th novel was moved up, because the sooner readers had this dose of summer fun in their hands, the better. Weiner takes a breezy romp through online influencer culture, leveling a withering gaze at the Instagram fake-it-till-you-make-it crowd.
The City We Became
FICTION | File this one under prescient fiction: In the Hugo Award winner’s sprawling and provocative new novel, New York City and its denizens battle an alien force intent upon eradicating them.
Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking
MEMOIR | The author of “Heat” uprooted his family and moved to Lyon, France — the so-called world capital of gastronomy — to learn the secrets of French cooking. It’s an education all right, both in the country’s cultural history and the high-pressure, nitty-gritty reality of working in a Michelin-caliber kitchen.
Friends and Strangers
FICTION | The author of “Maine” and “Saints for All Occasions” brings together two very different characters: a new mother struggling to adjust to small-town life and a college senior moonlighting as a babysitter. The story offers an insightful examination of everything from social media’s magnetic pull to the power dynamics between domestic workers and their employers. (Available June 30)
Hidden Valley Road
Inside the Mind of an American Family
NONFICTION | Kolker offers a deeply compassionate and chilling account of how one mid-century family of 14 — including six brothers with schizophrenia — navigated illness, violence and the crushed promise of the American Dream.
The Mirror and the Light
FICTION | Mantel caps her Booker Prize-certified Thomas Cromwell trilogy with a masterful finale that charts the undoing of Henry VIII’s scheming right-hand man.
NONFICTION | Underneath Ball’s smart, solid biography of the first female speaker of the House lies an important lesson: Despite our fixation on political showmanship, politics works best in our complicated democracy when its practitioners can navigate their way through the byzantine cloakrooms of power. Nancy Pelosi certainly can.
FICTION | This dystopian novel, set in a starkly stratified version of the United States, follows a husband and wife — second-class citizens with a history of fighting their corrupt government. But what will they do when they have the opportunity to change their circumstances, thanks to a daughter who turns out to be a baseball prodigy?
FICTION | After fictionalizing the life of Laura Bush with “American Wife,” Sittenfeld focuses on another first lady, with a novel told from the perspective of Hillary Rodham. But in this alternate history, Hillary never marries Bill, which means her life turns out differently — even if the misogyny remains the same.
Simon the Fiddler
FICTION | Jiles follows her National Book Award finalist, “News of the World,” with another Civil War-era western. This one focuses on Simon, a spunky redheaded musician who is no weepy sentimentalist. Yet when he sees Doris, a pretty Irish nanny, he can’t hold his emotions in check.
Such a Fun Age
FICTION | Reid’s entertaining debut poses thorny questions about race and class. When a grocery store security guard accuses a young black woman of kidnapping the white child she babysits, the fallout upends several lives.
MEMOIR | There’s an unsettling undercurrent throughout Wiener’s propulsive memoir of life in Silicon Valley, where she was magnetically drawn to the tech scene, even as the red flags multiplied.
FICTION | What begins like a thriller about a Texas girl escaping from a rapist blossoms into a poignant and complex story told from the perspectives of several women forced to negotiate a culture of masculine brutality in a 1970s oil town.
Writers & Lovers
FICTION | King’s joyous and romantic tale of a 31-year-old writer clinging to her dream of a creative life perfectly balances heartbreak and hope when a slew of setbacks suddenly reveal a promising path forward.