The 9 new books you must read in July 2022

meexactly what constitutes a read on the beach has inspired much debate, but perhaps the answer is no more complicated than whether it’s easy to get lost in a book. By that definition, the best new books coming out in July are great for the beach (or the couch, or the plane, or the hammock). elizabeth kaplan novel NSFWfor example, it’s a heady exploration of male-dominated workplaces, and Bolu Babalola’s honey and spices it will fog up your sunglasses. Our wives under the seaby Julia Armfield, is a claustrophobic story centered around a queer couple’s frayed marriage after an underwater expedition goes awry. These books and more will transport, distract and absorb you this summer. Here, the nine best new books to read in July.

honey and spicesBolu Babalola (July 5)


Kiki Banjo is a young black woman who runs a college radio show about women’s empowerment, dating and relationships, a bit ironic since she herself tends to avoid romantic attachments. After condemning a new student as a playboy on the airwaves, Kiki accidentally, and very publicly, ends up kissing him. To save her reputation, the pair take the only obvious course of action: fake a relationship. Expect sizzling chemistry and well-developed characters in this Bolu Babalola’s first novela pop culture scholar who previously authored the short story collection Love in colour.

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scholarship pointAlice Elliott Dark (July 5)


Agnes and Polly are octogenarians who have been best friends their entire lives, though each has made different choices: Agnes is a popular author who never married, while Polly’s identity revolves around being a wife and mother. They meet at Fellowship Point, a retreat in Maine, but the future of that land is now in limbo and the women can’t agree on what should happen to it. When a pushy publisher urges Agnes to write a memoir, long-buried secrets are uncovered, further testing Agnes and Polly’s friendship. scholarship point it is long, almost 600 pages, but it is a fascinating and sweeping piece of work.

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NSFWElizabeth Kaplan (July 5)


The anonymous narrator in Isabel Kaplan’s adult debut, after the novel YA hancock park—recently graduated from Harvard and landed a coveted job on network television. Readers are immersed in the life of the protagonist when she realizes that her Workplace exemplifies misogyny, and sexual misconduct is rampant. As she ponders what to do, she is also balancing unhealthy relationships with food and her mother. NSFW is gripping, with a lot to unpack, making it excellent fodder for book clubs.

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Night of the Living RezMorgan Talty (July 5)


Morgan Talty grew up as part of the Penobscot Indian Nation, a small community in Maine, and that’s where the 12 stories in her debut collection are set. Night of the Living Rez offers a mesmerizing insight into the lives of people discovering what it means to survive after legacy tragedies. There is pain and addiction in these stories, but there is also friendship and family, beautifully tinged with sadness and humor.

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Our wives under the seaJulia Armfield (July 12)


Marine biologist Leah’s submarine recently sunk, and though she survived, she’s irretrievably changed. Leah’s wife, Miri, who had declared herself a widow, is desperate to understand what happened on that ship. As the relationship between the two women deteriorates, Julia Armfield, the author of the short story collection salt slowShe alternates between two voices: Leah’s, in the form of diary entries she wrote while stranded in the deep, dark sea, and Miri’s, today. Our wives under the sea is a haunting and evocative novel that juxtaposes the horrors beneath the waves with the life and love that exist on earth.

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The end of Hollywood: Harvey Weinstein and the culture of silenceKen Auletta (July 12)


Two decades ago, and long before the metoo movement took off in 2017, journalist Ken Auletta wrote a New Yorker profile that exposed some of harvey weinsteinThe violent and volatile tendencies of . In this nearly 500-page biography, Auletta delves deeper into the Hollywood mogul’s life, examining the forces that allowed him to become a convicted sex offender. hollywood ending—The thirteenth book of Auletta, followed by titles like World War 3.0: Microsoft and its enemies—It’s a difficult but important read.

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any other familyEleanor Brown (July 12)


Three sets of parents adopted four biological siblings and vowed to keep their children as connected as possible. It is as complicated as it sounds. In Eleanor Brown’s novel, each of the adoptive mothers faces their own insecurities and expectations about parenting when the group goes on summer vacation to Aspen. While there, the children’s biological mother calls with the news that she is pregnant again, so the parents begin sorting through applications from potential adopters to find out who will join her makeshift family. Brown, who previously wrote the weird sisters Y the light of parisoffers a character study that delves into boundaries and belonging.

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Big girlMecca Jamilah Sullivan (July 12)


Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s debut novel transports readers back to the 1990s harlem, where Malaya, an obese 8-year-old black girl, longs for many things: to be able to eat whatever she wants instead of being dragged to Weight Watchers meetings; fit in at her predominantly white Upper East Side high school. To be accepted no matter what she looks like. Over the course of about 10 years, Malaya grows older, as she seeks to free herself from the limitations of her body.

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Calling a blanket danceOscar Hokeah (July 26)


Each chapter of Oscar Hokeah’s debut novel is told from the point of view of a family member, one of several generations of natives whose lives are deeply intertwined. At the center of it all is Ever Geimausaddle, an angry young man with a propensity for violence. Hokeah deftly recreates the years before and after Ever’s birth, capturing the traumas and complexities that shaped who he is and may determine who he becomes.

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