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20 Best Books To Read in June

  • FICTION

    PARADE

    JUNE 18, 2024

FICTION

PARADE

by Rachel Cusk

Short and intense, crammed with desperately human characters and much food for thought. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MALAS

    JUNE 4, 2024

FICTION

MALAS

by Marcela Fuentes

A vibrant portrait of two strong women and their mixed feelings about home. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SWAN SONG

    JUNE 11, 2024

FICTION

SWAN SONG

by Elin Hilderbrand

Though Hilderbrand threatens to kill all our darlings with this last laugh, her acknowledgments say it’s just “for now.” 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 ROAD TO THE COUNTRY

    JUNE 4, 2024

FICTION

THE ROAD TO THE COUNTRY

by Chigozie Obioma

A top-tier war novel, inventive and cleareyed about the consequences of violence. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    GODWIN

    JUNE 4, 2024

FICTION

GODWIN

by Joseph O’Neill

Another exceptional entry in the O’Neill corpus. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    BEAR

    JUNE 25, 2024

FICTION

BEAR

by Julia Phillips

A bold and brilliant modern fable of sisterhood, class, and our relationship to the natural world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    HOMBRECITO

    JUNE 25, 2024

FICTION

HOMBRECITO

by Santiago Jose Sanchez

Heart-wrenching in its realism, this novel captures the recklessness of young lust and the enduring pain of familial love. 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 >
  • 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

    WHEN THE CLOCK BROKE

    JUNE 18, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

WHEN THE CLOCK BROKE

by John Ganz

A significant, provocative work that joins an ugly past to an uglier present in American democracy’s continued decline. 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

    BECOMING EARTH

    JUNE 25, 2024

  • NONFICTION

    THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB

    JUNE 11, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB

by Griffin Dunne

A poignant love letter and evidence that through it all, genuine love is the backbone that keeps a family strong. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    TRAVELING

    JUNE 11, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

TRAVELING

by Ann Powers

A top-notch music critic set loose on a worthy subject. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    FROSTBITE

    JUNE 25, 2024

NONFICTION

FROSTBITE

by Nicola Twilley

A literate treat for tech- and history-inclined foodies. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE TRUTH ABOUT IMMIGRATION

    JUNE 4, 2024

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

THE TRUTH ABOUT IMMIGRATION

by Zeke Hernandez

A highly readable, potentially influential contribution to the literature on immigration. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    CODE DEPENDENT

    JUNE 18, 2024

  • NONFICTION

    THE GARDEN AGAINST TIME

    JUNE 25, 2024

NONFICTION

THE GARDEN AGAINST TIME

by Olivia Laing

An intellectually verdant and emotionally rich narrative journey. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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