Amazon’s book editors have done it again. Here’s a list of 10 must-read books for June, with a bonus Debut Spotlight to finish the list.
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
On a foggy summer night, eleven people – ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter – depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.
Barkskins: A Novel by Annie Proulx
Award-winning author Annie Proulx tells the stories of two families over three hundred years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions – the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation.
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries―panic, exhaustion, heat, noise – and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see America’s defenders in the same way again.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
In this smart, suspenseful, and intense literary thriller, debut novelist Iain Reid explores the depths of the human psyche, questioning consciousness, free will, the value of relationships, fear, and the limitations of solitude. Tense, gripping, and atmospheric, this novel pulls you in from the very first page and never lets you go.
Security: A Novel by Gina Wohlsdorf
Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. It’s about to open its doors, and the world – at least those with the means to afford it – will be welcomed into a palace of opulence and unparalleled security. But someone is determined that Manderley will never open. The staff has no idea that their every move is being watched, and over the next twelve hours they will be killed off, one by one.
End of Watch by Stephen King
The spectacular finale to the bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty: A Novel by Ramona Ausubel
From the award-winning author of No One Is Here Except All of Us, an imaginative novel about a wealthy New England family in the 1960s and ’70s that suddenly loses its fortune – and its bearings.
Never A Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth
A rollicking look at 1971 – the busiest, most innovative and resonant year of the ’70s, defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni Mitchell.
Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti
Hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the most visible and successful feminists of her generation,” Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a memoir that Publishers Weekly calls “bold and unflinching,” Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes on women’s lives, from the everyday to the existential. From subway gropings and imposter syndrome to sexual awakenings and motherhood, Sex Object reveals the painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s adolescence and young adulthood in New York City.
This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society by Kathleen McAuliffe
In this mind-bending book, McAuliffe reveals the eons-old war between parasites and other creatures that is playing out in our very own bodies. And more surprising still, she uncovers the decisive role that parasites may have played in the rise and demise of entire civilizations.
The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.