Best Books for Your Summer Reading

Add these bestsellers to your summer reading list!

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cover for the book One Last Stop

One Last Stop

by Casey McQuiston

From the bestselling writer of Red, White & Royal Blue comes the perfect summer rom-com: a heartfelt and sometimes raw story about finding friends, self-confidence, and love, with a bit of the supernatural to add to the fun.

(St. Martin’s Griffin)

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All Our Shimmering Skies

by Trent Dalton

Against the backdrop of WWII-era Australia, Molly Hook, with only a map, the sky, and two unlikely companions, chases down the sorcerer who cursed her family in this mesmerizing read about connection and dreams.


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The President’s Daughter

by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

A madman abducts the president’s daughter and sets off a special opps mission that will test everything about the leader of the free world.

(Little, Brown and Co. and Knopf)

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Count the Ways

by Joyce Maynard

A mesmerizing epic story of a family — from the exuberance of marriage to a divorce — that examines the small fissures that make up a life. Moving and intimate, this is a heartbreaker, but one to savor.

(William Morrow)

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Razorblade Tears

by S.A. Cosby

Two middle-aged men — one Black, one white — set out to track down their sons’ killers. In their quest for revenge, they form an unlikely friendship that expands their minds and their hearts.

(Flatiron Books)


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This is Your Mind on Plants

by Michael Pollan

From the bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, this new book challenges how we think about drugs — specifically opium, caffeine, and mescaline.

(Penguin Press)

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The Ugly Cry

by Danielle Henderson

This heartfelt memoir of a young Black woman finding her place in the world is the laugh-out-loud story of growing up with a mother and grandmother who are ferocious, foulmouthed, and not afraid to call it like it is.


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The Plague Year

by Lawrence Wright

For those ready to read about the pandemic, you couldn’t find a better steward than Wright, author of Going Clear (about Scientology), The Looming Tower (Al-Qaeda), and the novel that seemed to predict these times, The End of October.


cover for the book Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

by Danny Trejo

Whether you’re a fan or not, this celebrity memoir will surprise you. From growing up dirt poor in L.A. to being thrown in jail and struggling with addiction, Trejo shares it all.

(Atria Books)

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Till the End

by C.C. Sabathia

From the tragedy, addiction, and pain of his childhood arose an extraordinarily talented MLB pitcher who was Rookie of the Year, a Cy Young Award winner, a World Series champion, and a six-time All-Star.

(Roc Lit 101)

This article is featured in the July/August 2021 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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