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Rachel’s Reads – Summer Reads

Summer reading is right around the corner! I always look forward to the plethora of books that arrive during the course of the summer (and to hopefully having some extra time to read them). Here are just a few of the books that I am eagerly waiting to get my hands on.

The Margot Affair by Sanaë Lemoine, debuts June 16th
The secret daughter of a French politician and famous actress decides to expose her family’s truth to a journalist and sets into motion a chain of events she couldn’t have imagined.

The Lightness: A Novel by Emily Temple * June 16th
A year after her father disappeared after leaving home for a meditation retreat, Olivia runs away to find him and finds a group of girls learning to levitate. This promises to be a charged portrait of a girl growing up.

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh * June 23rd
In this highly anticipated new novel, a woman becomes obsessed with solving a murder that may have never happened.

Sensation Machines by Adam Wilson * July 7th
The failing marriage of a Brooklyn based couple sets the stance for what is said to be a brilliantly observed human frame that grapples with greed, automation, and many other issues.

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt: A Memoir by Duchess Goldblatt * July 7th
From the anonymous author of the Twitter account @DuchessGoldblatt, this new part memoir, part imaginative tale, promises to be incredibly original.

Natural History by Carlos Fonseca Suárez, translated by Megan McDowell * July 14th
A collaboration between a curator at a museum of natural history and a fashion designer ends abruptly. Seven years later, a package arrives at the curator’s door and contains the designer’s obituary, among other things, and the relationship begins again.

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell * July 14th
Set in the 1960’s London rock scene, this story tells the tale of the meteoric rise and then disappearance of a band. It looks to be a musical escape.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones * July 14th
Blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative, this novel follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth returns to cause problems for them now.

A Star Is Bored: A Novel by Byron Lane * July 28th
This juicy tale about a struggling journalist who becomes the assistant to a washed-up actress is made all the more interesting as it is written by Carrie Fisher’s former assistant. It makes you wonder how much is “based on a true story?”

Migrations: A Novel by Charlotte McConaghy * August 4th
This story follows a haunted young woman who is on a journey to track the migration of the last flock of Arctic terns from Greenland to Antarctica. It has been described as devastatingly beautiful.

Happy Reading!


Rachel became the publisher of The Independent in March of 2017 and then married her husband Jake in May. Their goldendoodle Einstein joined the family last year. Rachel is an avid reader and loves to share book recommendations. (Don’t miss her column, Rachel’s Reads in the Magazine!) She can always be found with a book nearby, especially while traveling (another of her favorite things).


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