Summer has finally arrived! Warmer weather, flip flops, bike rides, tanks and shorts, sprinklers, veggie gardens and more time to read! Here are some new releases for June 2014 and what a list it is. A long and varied list but doesn’t even scratch the surface of new reads on the horizon for this month. I’ve featured titles that I was fortunate to receive advance copies of as well as scour the internet to see what’s all abuzz. ( I narrowed it down to sixteen!) As you can see from release dates, I didn’t request too many since most are due out June 3rd. And with BEA, there was no way I’d have them all read in time. Click on each title and it will link you to IndieBound with longer summaries and where to find them in your area. (All blurbs taken from Edelweiss)
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez (June 3). I can’t stress enough how wonderful and important this novel is.
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu (June 3). I had mixed feelings about this YA book dealing with bullying, blatant lying and slut shaming. But it doesn’t mean you have to pass it up.
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (June 3) “Rakoff paints a vibrant portrait of a bright, hungry young woman navigating a heady and longed-for world, trying to square romantic aspirations with burgeoning self-awareness, the idea of a life with life itself. Charming and deeply moving, filled with electrifying glimpses of an American literary icon, My Salinger Year is the coming-of-age story of a talented writer. Above all, it is a testament to the universal power of books to shape our lives and awaken our true selves.”
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman (June 10) “Tooly Zylberberg, the young American owner of an isolated bookstore in the Welsh countryside, fills her life with much reading material but few human beings. After all, books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life.”
The Quick by Lauren Owen (June 17) “Lauren Owen’s thrilling first novel introduces an utterly beguiling world. London, 1893: James Norbury is a shy would-be poet, newly down from Oxford and confounded by the sinister, labyrinthine city at his doorstep. Taking up lodging with a dissolute young aristocrat, he is introduced to the drawing rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter.”
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (June 26) “A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.”
__________________________________________________________________________________________ The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank (June 3) “Dorothea Benton Frank once again takes us deep in the heart of the magical Lowcountry—a sultry land of ancient magic, glorious sunsets, and soothing coastal breezes, where three generations of strong women wrestle with the expectations of family while struggling to understand their complicated relationships with each other.”
Say What You Will by Cammie Mc Govern (June 3) “In her teen debut, Cammie McGovern gracefully crafts a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them. Incredibly honest and insightful, Say What You Will wonderfully illustrates the redemptive power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit.”
Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories by Stuart Dybek (June 3) “A new book of stories—some very short, some slightly longer—exploring the human appetite for rapture and trust”.
Problems with People : Stories by David Guterson (June 3) “Ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories from the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars: stunning explorations of the mysteries of love and our complex desire for connection.”
Euphoria by Lily King (June 3) “Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice.”
Summerhouse with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch (June 3) “When a medical mistake goes horribly wrong and Ralph Meier, a famous actor, winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser is forced to conceal the error from his patients and family. After all, reputation is everything in this business. But the weight of carrying such a secret lies heavily on his mind, and he can’t keep hiding from the truth…or the Board of Medical Examiners.”
China Dolls by Lisa See (June 3) “In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive “Oriental” nightclub, the Forbidden City. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her?”
Take This Man : A Memoir by Brando Skyhorse (June 3) “From PEN/Hemingway award winner Brando Skyhorse comes this stunning, heartfelt memoir and the true story of a boy’s turbulent childhood growing up with five stepfathers and the mother who was determined to give her son everything but the truth. His extraordinary literary memoir captures a son’s single-minded search for a father wherever he can find one, and is destined to become a classic.”
What is Visible: A Novel by Kimberly Elkins (June 3) “A vividly original literary novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller.”
We Are Called To Rise by Laura McBride (June 3) “This is a story about families—the ones we have and the ones we make. It’s a story about America today, where so many cultures and points of view collide and coexist. We Are Called to Rise challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other and reminds us that no matter how cruel life can be in a given moment, it is ultimately beautiful to live, and live fully.”
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (June 10) “In this darkly riveting debut novel—a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging—an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.”
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman (June 10) “Bestselling author Susan Jane Gilman’s debut novel is an epic story of a fierce young immigrant’s rise to become the greatest ice cream maker in America… and the events that threaten to destroy her.”
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum (June 10) “This reverse love story set in Paris and London is about a failed monogamist’s attempts to answer the question: Is it really possible to fall back in love? Skillfully balancing biting wit with a deep emotional undercurrent, debut novelist Courtney Maum has created the perfect portrait of an imperfect family—and a heartfelt exploration of marriage, love, and fidelity.”
Chasing The Milky Way by Erin E. Moulton (June 12) “A powerful story about the way a mother’s mental illness affects her children–and they way those children bind together to get through it. In a book that pairs science with mental illness and heart with adventure, Erin E. Moulton brings us a story about family, friendship and the lengths we go for the people we love.”
The Fever by Megan Abbott (June 17) “The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.”
Now I see You : A Memoir by Nicole C. Kear (June 24) “A funny and poignant memoir from a woman who, at the age of nineteen, is told she’ll be blind by thirty, and how she chooses to hide her blindness, until she no longer can.”
What books are you looking forward to reading this month? New releases or still tackling your previous piles?