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24 Hottest Summer Reads of 2024

  • FICTION

    THE MINISTRY OF TIME

    MAY 7, 2024

FICTION

THE MINISTRY OF TIME

by Kaliane Bradley

This rip-roaring romp pivots between past and present and posits the future-altering power of love, hope, and forgiveness. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BLUE RUIN

    MAY 14, 2024

FICTION

BLUE RUIN

by Hari Kunzru

A dark, smart, provocative tale of the perils of art making. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LIES AND WEDDINGS

    MAY 21, 2024

FICTION

LIES AND WEDDINGS

by Kevin Kwan

Still more brilliant escapism among Kwan’s 1 percenters. Too much is never enough. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    YOU LIKE IT DARKER

    MAY 21, 2024

FICTION

YOU LIKE IT DARKER

by Stephen King

The disturbing stories in King’s latest collection will seep into your psyche and haunt you. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    ISABEL AND THE ROGUE

    JUNE 4, 2024

FICTION

ISABEL AND THE ROGUE

by Liana De la Rosa

A satisfying sequel in a great historical romance series. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE UNWEDDING

    JUNE 4, 2024

FICTION

THE UNWEDDING

by Ally Condie

A gorgeous murder mystery that explores what it means to be human—the pain and the love. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    FAMILIARIS

    JUNE 11, 2024

FICTION

FAMILIARIS

by David Wroblewski

For all the eons it may take to read it, this colossus of a book will own you. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MARGO'S GOT MONEY TROUBLES

    JUNE 11, 2024

FICTION

MARGO'S GOT MONEY TROUBLES

by Rufi Thorpe

Terrific characters, rich worldbuilding, deep thoughts about fiction and morality, a love story, and a happy ending. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    ONE OF OUR KIND

    JUNE 11, 2024

FICTION

ONE OF OUR KIND

by Nicola Yoon

A bracing tale of the perils of groupthink and willful ignorance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE STARDUST GRAIL

    JUNE 11, 2024

  • FICTION

    THE MEMO

    JUNE 18, 2024

FICTION

THE MEMO

by Rachel Dodes & Lauren Mechling

So sharp, so funny. You might feel better or worse about your own life, but you'll definitely be laughing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SANDWICH

    JUNE 18, 2024

FICTION

SANDWICH

by Catherine Newman

A moving, hilarious reminder that parenthood, just like life, means constant change. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE BRIGHT SWORD

    JULY 16, 2024

FICTION

THE BRIGHT SWORD

by Lev Grossman

Astoundingly, a fresh take on an extremely well-trodden legend. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BEVERLY HILLS SPY

    FEB. 13, 2024

NONFICTION

BEVERLY HILLS SPY

by Ronald Drabkin

Strap in for a narrative that demands a suspension of disbelief—and richly rewards it. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    I WILL SHOW YOU HOW IT WAS

    MAY 7, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

I WILL SHOW YOU HOW IT WAS

by Illia Ponomarenko

A revelatory portrait of the horror and absurdity of the conflict spiked with much-needed threads of humanity and hope. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THRONE OF GRACE

    MAY 7, 2024

NONFICTION

THRONE OF GRACE

by Tom Clavin & Bob Drury

A lively account of the remarkable life of one of the men who led the U.S. into the vast West. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    CACTUS COUNTRY

    MAY 21, 2024

NONFICTION

CACTUS COUNTRY

by Zoë Bossiere

Bossiere’s hopeful, powerful life story also serves as a memorable study of gender and home. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    A WALK IN THE PARK

    MAY 28, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

A WALK IN THE PARK

by Kevin Fedarko

Vivid armchair travel through a haunting and forbidding landscape. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    HIP-HOP IS HISTORY

    JUNE 11, 2024

HISTORY

HIP-HOP IS HISTORY

by Questlove with Ben Greenman

Questlove’s instincts as a superfan and artist take this history beyond the hype to something very special. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ORIGIN STORY

    JUNE 11, 2024

NONFICTION

ORIGIN STORY

by Howard Markel

Darwin’s two iconic years rendered masterfully by a highly knowledgeable chronicler. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    T-SHIRT SWIM CLUB

    JUNE 11, 2024

NONFICTION

T-SHIRT SWIM CLUB

by Ian Karmel & Alisa Karmel

The Karmels serve up a comic and philosophical exploration suffused with hard-won wisdom and charming wit. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ADVENTURES IN VOLCANOLAND

    JUNE 18, 2024

NONFICTION

ADVENTURES IN VOLCANOLAND

by Tamsin Mather

Mather combines a personal story with an era-spanning scope, turning esoteric information into a colorful, engaging account. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    DIE HOT WITH A VENGEANCE

    JULY 9, 2024

NONFICTION

DIE HOT WITH A VENGEANCE

by Sable Yong

Yong’s take on beauty and fashion is revealing, playful, and heartfelt. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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