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Editor’s Picks

Eight Books To Escape With This Summer

We could all use a mental break right about now. Dip into one of these engrossing reads and forget about the world for a little while.

Written By
Marnie Schwartz

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

With scenes dripping in decadence, the latest from the author of Crazy Rich Asians is a modern love story you can happily get lost in. Funny and insightful, it will transport you to East Hampton, Capri, a privileged slice of New York City—and a time when weddings were still a fixture of summer.

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

With romantic, gorgeous writing, this book will take you straight into nature. A debut novel by a 70-year-old scientist, the unlikely hit has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 96 weeks and counting, and will be made into a movie by Reese Witherspoon’s production company.

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My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

You might not expect a book about a serial killer to be funny, but this sharp and funny novel will engross you, and leave you with laughter (something we could all use more of these days).

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

A timeless love story, told through intersecting narratives and set in an underground world, this fantasy novel—complete with pirates, swords, and hidden doors—is a true escape.

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The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

Funny and flirty, this modern rom-com will pull you in and make you smile. And with the descriptions of restaurant life, Indian food, and office drama, you’ll almost forget about the current WFH, outdoor-dining-only times.

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Dear Girls by Ali Wong

If you loved Wong’s Netflix specials you’ll find yourself LOLing through her hilarious (and completely unfiltered) collection of letters to her daughters, which tell her stories of everything from fighting to the top in a male-dominated field to being a new mom.

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All Adults Here by Emma Straub

Full of feel good moments, you can happily get sucked into this funny family drama. While the story of adult siblings, aging parents, and more isn’t all warm and fuzzies and tackles some big topics, it is full of hope—something we could all use right now.

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Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Jane Austen fans, this one's for you: a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but set in modern-day Pakistan. Go along for the ride with Kamal’s fun experiment, ending in a charming and creative twist on a classic.

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