10 Great Reads for Summer 2019

Pop the umbrella under some summer sun, then crack open one of these great new reads.


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The over for The Golden Hour by Beatriz WilliamsThe Gold Hour

by Beatriz Williams

A young woman arrives in the Bahamas in 1941 to cover the duke and Duchess of Windsor for a society magazine but stumbles into a world of spies, lies, and intrigue.

(William Morrow)

The cover for the book "The Nickel Boys," by Colson WhiteheadThe Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

The Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author imagines the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.


The book cover for "Hollow Kingdom" by Kira Jane Buxton.Hollow Kingdom

by Kira Jane Buxton

A pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.

(Grand Central)

The cover for the book, "At Briarwood School for Girls", by Michael Knight.At Briarwood School for Girls

by Michael Knight

When the threat of a theme park intrudes on the lives of students and faculty at Briarwood, unexpected alliances form.

(Grove Atlantic)


The book cover for "The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America"The Code

by Margaret O’Mara

An in-depth examination of Silicon Valley and the revolution that changed technology, economies, and the world.

(Penguin Press)

The book cover for "Three Women," by Lisa TaddeoThree Women

by Lisa Taddeo

The author spent eight years researching the sex lives of three American women to write this book, sure to be one of the most talked about of 2019.

(Avid Reader Press)

The book cover for "Crisis in the Red Zone," by Richard PrestonCrisis in the Red Zone

by Richard Preston

The author of The Hot Zone details the gripping account of the Ebola outbreak of 2013-2014 and warns us that outbreaks continue.

(Random House)

The book cover for "The Ghosts of Eden Park" by Karen AbbottThe Ghosts of Eden Park

by Karen Abbott

The story of a prohibition kingpin taken down by a woman hired to the U.S. Attorney’s office right out of law school, told with all the detail and plot twists of a novel.


The cover for the book "Barnum" by Robert Wilson.Barnum

by Robert Wilson

The first major biography of P.T. Barnum in a generation, and a vivid account of the greatest showman the world has ever seen.

(Simon & Schuster)

This article is featured in the July/August 2019 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. Subscribe to the magazine for more art, inspiring stories, fiction, humor, and features from our archives.

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