Summer is coming. Bring a book.
‘The president’s daughter, ‘ by James Patterson and Bill Clinton
After the success of their first political thriller, “The President Is Missing,“ Patterson and Clinton teamed up for one another. When former President Matthew Keating’s daughter is kidnapped, he draws on all of her experience – as a world leader, parent, and Navy SEAL – to bring her home.
Knopf / Little, Brown, June 7
‘Dear Senthuran, ‘by Akwaeke Emezi
Think of this as an epistolary memoir from the author of “The Death of Vivek Oji” and “Freshwater”: In a series of letters to friends, former lovers, family members and others, Emezi traces their creative training, drawing inspiration from Igbo belief systems and more.
Riverhead, June 8
‘Young ladies, ‘by Alex Michaelides
After the death of a Cambridge student, Mariana, a grieving psychotherapist in London, is drawn into the murder investigation. The dead woman was one of the young girls, a group of college students enslaved to a charismatic teacher who is Mariana’s prime suspect. Take this novel if you’re looking for a bookish thriller with stunning settings – the rarefied Cambridge campus, the seascapes of the Aegean Sea – dotted with clues in ancient Greek.
Celadon, June 15
‘A slow fire that burns, ‘by Paula Hawkins
In his latest novel, Hawkins, the bestselling author of “The Girl on the Train” and “Into the Water”, focuses on the murder of a young man on his barge in London. Could his killer be Laura, the quirky woman who came home with him and was then seen covered in blood? Miriam, her weird, uncomfortable neighbor on the river trying to play Miss Marple? And what about his aunt Carla, with whom he shared a life of grief? Each character’s flaws will surprise and perhaps even enchant you – and only a clairvoyant could anticipate the end of the book.
Riverhead, August 31
– JOUMANA KHATIB
I’m happiest with a stack of non-fiction
‘Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Against Same-Sex Marriage, ‘by Sasha Issenberg
It has been six years since the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. Issenberg’s new book chronicles the 25 years leading up to this moment. He began in Hawaii, in 1990, when Genora Dancel met Ninia Baehr. They would continue to challenge the state’s ban on their marriage, but before Issenberg brings us to the courtroom, he writes full mini-biographies of the two women. With over 900 pages (including 100 pages of endnotes), this is a complete story. But he transmits social history like the great drama that it really is, full of intimate details, of personalities in struggle, of passionate lawsuits, of public persuasion.
Pantheon, June 1
‘Everything she’s worn: Ashley’s bag journey, a black family memory, ‘ by Tiya Miles
Historian Tiya Miles’ new book was inspired by a modest element: a bag passed from mother to daughter. The mother, a slave named Rose, gave the bag – containing a dress, pecans, and a braid of her hair – to her daughter Ashley in 1852. Ashley was 9 years old and was sold and estranged from Rose. Tracing this artifact through the generations of Ashley’s family, Miles, a Harvard professor, writes about “the recovery of vital things which hold the deep meaning of our lives.” The central story leads her to consider the larger arc of African American women and their crafts throughout history, including in her own family, and how they have expressed their love, hope, and desire. continuation.
Random House, June 8