There as many types of books as there are types of readers. But the idea of Summer Reading conjures up a specific kind of book—something fun or scary; maybe a read that’s lighter (or scarier) than what we might choose during other times of the year. You could even search out a cover that highlights people running on the sand, or maybe one that features a lovely beach house, as a way to be sure it’s a book fit for summer.
And yet there’s not just one type of summer reader. So we came up with a list of some of our favorite new and upcoming summer reads, and then matched those books with eight personas.
Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
FOR THE BABY BOOMER: Widely accepted as the queen of the summer read, Elin Hilderbrand takes us back 50 summers to a time when the country was in flux. With a son in Vietnam, a daughter about to have twins, and another daughter out protesting the war, Kate Levin is at her mother’s house, seeking much-needed summer solace with her 13-year-old daughter from a second marriage. But even the island of Nantucket cannot escape the drama of the times, and the drama of the Levin family, in the summer of ’69.
Window on the Bay: A Novel by Debbie Macomber
FOR THE EMPTY NESTER: Jenna Boltz’s children have just moved out of the house to attend college. As a single mom, she finds herself wondering what her own future holds. But her best friend, Maureen, is wondering about Jenna’s dating life, which — unbeknownst to Jenna — is about to find new life.
Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel by Jean Kwok
FOR THE BOOK CLUB READER: The older daughter of a Chinese immigrant family has left for Europe and not returned. When Sylvie’s younger sister goes searching for her, she uncovers secrets that say as much about their family as they do about Sylvie.
Lock Every Door: A Novel by Riley Sager
FOR THE PERSON WHO THINKS EVERYONE IS OUT TO GET THEM: Jules Larsen accepts a new job as an apartment sitter in a glamorous New York building, where she is told she may not have visitors and that she cannot spend a night away from the apartment. Then one of the building residents disappears. Seems like a little paranoia might be in order.
The Chain by Adrian McKinty
FOR THE HELICOPTER PARENT: Imagine one day you get a call from a stranger who tells you your child has been kidnapped. If you ever want to see your kid again, you need to go out and kidnap someone else’s child. You are now part of the chain.
Recursion: A Novel by Blake Crouch
FOR THE PERSON WHO CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE THEY PUT THEIR CAR KEYS: Barry Sutton is a New York City cop investigating False Memory Syndrome, a condition that drives its victims mad with memories of a life never lived. But Barry is realizing something: Memory makes reality.
Montauk: A Novel by Nicola Harrison
FOR THE FISH OUT OF WATER: In the 1930s, Beatrice Bordeaux is sequestered at the Montauk Manor for the summer while her banker husband remains in Manhattan. But she does not feel comfortable among the well-heeled ladies vacationing in Montauk, instead gravitating toward the more grounded locals and the natural beauty of the area. As the summer of 1938 draws to an end, she faces a choice between true love and returning to the riches awaiting her back in New York City.
Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell
FOR THE SERIAL DATER: It has been more than 20 years since Bushnell’s breakout Sex in the City exposed what lurked in the urban dating jungle of New York. In this new book, she explores dating after 50 (and after divorce), as Sassy, Kitty, Queenie, Tilda Tia, Marilyn, and Candace shuttle between Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a country retreat known as The Village.
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