FP Staff Picks: Summer Reads

'Tis the season for summer reading!

We feel a little badly for books in the summertime. From sand in the spine to a splash of sunscreen on the cover—this FP staffer once left a book outside in a summer thunderstorm (whoops!)—our summer picks often take a hit when the temperature reaches 80. This list features the new books we can't wait to devour and the older ones we keep turning back to, with a preemptive apology for any popsicle dribbles, exploded water bottles, or pages that may get lost at the pool.

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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, translated by Thomas Teal (NYRB Classics)


You Don't Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown and Company)


Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang (Lenny)


Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng  (Europa Editions)


The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta (Allison & Busby) and Efuru by Flora Nwapa (Heinemann)


Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape by Jessica Luther (Akashic Books)



The Answers by Catherine Lacey (FSG)


Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris (Little, Brown and Company)


Shifting by Miracle Jones (Instar Books)


Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue, translated by Natasha Wimmer (Riverhead Books)


The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)


Fire Muse: Poems from the Salt House by Cynthia Huntington (Dartmouth College Press)

Lucia Brown