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44 Hottest Summer Reads of 2023

  • FICTION

    CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS

    MAY 2, 2023

FICTION

CHAIN-GANG ALL-STARS

by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Imagine "The Hunger Games" refashioned into a rowdy, profane, and indignant blues shout at full blast. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE FERRYMAN

    MAY 2, 2023

  • FICTION

    GOOD NIGHT, IRENE

    MAY 30, 2023

FICTION

GOOD NIGHT, IRENE

by Luis Alberto Urrea

Top-shelf historical fiction delivered with wit and compassion. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE FIVE-STAR WEEKEND

    JUNE 13, 2023

FICTION

THE FIVE-STAR WEEKEND

by Elin Hilderbrand

The people in her books may screw up, but Hilderbrand always gets it right. Kind of amazing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MRS. S

    JUNE 20, 2023

FICTION

MRS. S

by K. Patrick

An erotic yet high-minded literary achievement. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    CROOK MANIFESTO

    JULY 18, 2023

FICTION

CROOK MANIFESTO

by Colson Whitehead

It’s not just crime fiction at its craftiest, but shrewdly rendered social history. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE HEAVEN & EARTH GROCERY STORE

    AUG. 8, 2023

FICTION

THE HEAVEN & EARTH GROCERY STORE

by James McBride

If it’s possible for America to have a poet laureate, why can’t James McBride be its storyteller-in-chief? Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    IN SARDINIA

    MAY 16, 2023

NONFICTION

IN SARDINIA

by Jeff Biggers

Neither holiday postcard nor dry ancient history, this is a fascinating journey around Sardinia. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BANANA BALL

    MAY 16, 2023

NONFICTION

BANANA BALL

by Jesse Cole with Don Yaeger

Anyone who can think outside the diamond will enjoy Cole’s entertaining yarn. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BRAVE THE WILD RIVER

    MAY 23, 2023

  • NONFICTION

    DIARY OF A TUSCAN BOOKSHOP

    MAY 30, 2023

NONFICTION

DIARY OF A TUSCAN BOOKSHOP

by Alba Donati ; translated by Elena Pala

Readers beware: will cause the irresistible desire to open a small bookstore. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE LAST ACTION HEROES

    JUNE 6, 2023

NONFICTION

THE LAST ACTION HEROES

by Nick de Semlyen

A joyful romp featuring larger-than-life characters, iconic movies, and plenty of behind-the-scenes info. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    AMERICAN JOURNEY

    JUNE 6, 2023

NONFICTION

AMERICAN JOURNEY

by Wes Davis

A rare account of brilliant minds as they set off in search of America. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WHAT AN OWL KNOWS

    JUNE 13, 2023

NONFICTION

WHAT AN OWL KNOWS

by Jennifer Ackerman

Fascinating food for thought for owl seekers and sure to please any lover of immersive treks into the lives of birds. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    100 PLACES TO SEE AFTER YOU DIE

    JUNE 13, 2023

NONFICTION

100 PLACES TO SEE AFTER YOU DIE

by Ken Jennings

An entertaining, amusing collection of a wide variety of visions of the afterlife. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BEASTLY

    JULY 18, 2023

NONFICTION

BEASTLY

by Keggie Carew

Beautiful nature writing, the usual horrors, and modest optimism. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE UNDERWORLD

    AUG. 1, 2023

NONFICTION

THE UNDERWORLD

by Susan Casey

Space exploration gets the headlines, but Casey makes a convincing case that the deep ocean is more interesting. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    RUBI RAMOS'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

    MAY 16, 2023

  • TEEN

    THE GRIMOIRE OF GRAVE FATES

    JUNE 6, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE GRIMOIRE OF GRAVE FATES

edited by Hanna Alkaf & Margaret Owen

Eighteen heroes, individual yet not alone, beautifully find self-respect and force their school to change. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    AN ECHO IN THE CITY

    JUNE 20, 2023

  • TEEN

    A GUIDE TO THE DARK

    JULY 18, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A GUIDE TO THE DARK

by Meriam Metoui

Introspective, character-driven, and—most importantly—haunting. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ONE OF US IS BACK

    JULY 25, 2023

  • TEEN

    I AM NOT ALONE

    JULY 18, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

I AM NOT ALONE

by Francisco X. Stork

An illuminatingly powerful story about mental illness, young love, faith, and hope. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ACCOUNTABLE

    AUG. 22, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    LEI AND THE FIRE GODDESS

    JUNE 6, 2023

CHILDREN'S

LEI AND THE FIRE GODDESS

by Malia Maunakea

An exhilarating, adventure-filled celebration of Hawaiian culture. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CAMP SYLVANIA

    JUNE 6, 2023

CHILDREN'S

CAMP SYLVANIA

by Julie Murphy

A fun and spooky celebration of fat kids and friendship. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GINNY OFF THE MAP

    JUNE 20, 2023

CHILDREN'S

GINNY OFF THE MAP

by Caroline Hickey ; illustrated by Kelly Murphy

It’s hard to write with such simple authenticity: The world needs more stories like this. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    HOW TO CATCH A POLAR BEAR

    JUNE 27, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE BOY WITH WINGS

    JUNE 27, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    WHERE THE WATER TAKES US

    JULY 4, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    HOPE IN THE VALLEY

    JULY 11, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF DERELICTION

    JULY 18, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    BARELY FLOATING

    AUG. 29, 2023

CHILDREN'S

BARELY FLOATING

by Lilliam Rivera

A body-positive story of growing up that’s sure to make a splash. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WHEN YOU CAN SWIM

    MAY 2, 2023

CHILDREN'S

WHEN YOU CAN SWIM

by Jack Wong ; illustrated by Jack Wong

A gorgeously rendered love letter to swimming and the magical experiences that it can unlock. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SUMMER IS FOR COUSINS

    MAY 16, 2023

CHILDREN'S

SUMMER IS FOR COUSINS

by Rajani LaRocca ; illustrated by Abhi Alwar

A gorgeous ode to change, growth, togetherness, and family. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TINY BARBARIAN CONQUERS THE KRAKEN!

    AUG. 22, 2023

CHILDREN'S

TINY BARBARIAN CONQUERS THE KRAKEN!

by Ame Dyckman ; illustrated by Ashley Spires

A humorous and empowering introduction to swimming basics for those ready to test the waters. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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