It’s that time of year again—time to make the great summer escape! Whether you’re vacationing or stay-cationing, there is always an adventure to be had within the pages of a book. From the glamour and gossip of Kevin Kwan’s Sex and Vanity to the imagination and intrigue of Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea, we can’t wait to immerse ourselves in these suspenseful sagas and literary love stories. So grab your sunglasses and settle into your pool chair because we have a captivating list of must-reads to transport you into a world outside of your own. Happy reading!
Sex and Vanity
The iconic author of Crazy Rich Asians is back with an even more glamorous, gossipy, and irresistible story, spanning from the isle of Capri to the island of Manhattan.
The Golden Cage
Revenge is a dish best served gold. Faye is the perfect wife: poised, glamorous, supportive, submissive. But when she discovers her husband, Jack, is having an affair, her facade cracks — and the brilliant, vengeful woman within begins to plan her deliciously perfect payback.
Friends and Strangers
The bestselling author of Maine is back with a new drama about a new mother, the young babysitter she befriends, and the betrayal which threatens them both.
The Nickel Boys
This Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is a devastating narrative of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. Based on the true story of a school that operated for 111 years, The Nickel Boys showcases an American novelist at the height of his powers.
The Starless Sea
From The New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus comes a timeless love story set in a secret underground world — a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.
Looking for the perfect escape? John Grisham, #1 bestselling author and master of the legal thriller, sweeps you away to paradise for a little sun, sand, mystery, and mayhem.
What’s Left of Me Is Yours
Based on a true crime, a striking debut that explores family, love, and morality, as a young woman in Tokyo seeks to uncover the truth about her mother’s violent death — and mysterious life.
Florida man ain’t got nothing on the wild world of Carl Hiaasen. Squeeze Me — featuring a deceased socialite, vacationing President, love-struck Secret Service agent, and hungry pythons — is irreverent, ingenious, and perfectly absurd.
Wow, No Thank You.
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, this rip-roaring essay collection draws on the raw, hilarious particulars of Samantha Irby’s new middle-aged life. Edgy and unabashedly raunchy, Wow, No Thank You. is unflinching, riotous, and relatable.
Memoirs and Misinformation
“None of this is real and all of it is true.” Take a tour through the mind of legendary actor Jim Carrey in this semi-autobiographical novel about acting, Hollywood, agents, celebrity, privilege, friendship, romance, and a cataclysmic ending of the world.
I Give It to You
While spending the summer at a Tuscan villa, American academic Jan finds herself suddenly drawn into another tale—a rich family history with a strange and mysterious death. But the further she delves into the past, the more involved her own story becomes with the one she’s researching.
After a catastrophe strikes on a train traveling through India, three strangers’ lives become inexorably entwined, in this masterful, propulsive story of class, fate, corruption, justice, extremism, and dreams. A #ReadWithJenna Book Club pick!
The End of October
Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright—author of The Looming Tower and Going Clear—turns his keen eye and meticulous research to fiction with a terrifyingly smart and prescient story about a global pandemic.
The Secrets We Kept
Combining a literary love story with a narrative of intrigue and risk, this New York Times bestseller celebrates the belief that art can change the world. Told with soaring intensity and captivating historical detail, The Secrets We Kept is an unforgettable debut.
Chances Are …
In this absorbing saga, the distant past confounds the present when a lifetime of relationships and secrets converge on Martha’s Vineyard. With Russo’s trademark comedy and humanity, Chances Are . . . introduces a new level of suspense and menace.