‘Malibu Rising’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Reid’s latest is perfect for summer —t hink movie stars and surfing, flawed but loving siblings, and an epic party that ends in disaster. While the story unfolds during the course of a single day, flashbacks to when the siblings were kids and their rock star father abandoned them time and again reveal the complex dynamics still in force in their adulthood. “Malibu Rising” is a fun, unforgettable read. –Al Woodworth

‘The Other Black Girl’ by Zakiya Dalila Harris

This debut starts out as a simple, charming story about a young Black woman working at a prestigious publishing house and turns into something altogether different and unexpected. When another Black girl shows up to work at the publisher, the drama is set into motion. Are they allies? Enemies? Neither? And who is leaving threatening notes? This is one to think about, and talk about, for a long time after the last page is turned. –Chris Schluep

‘Songs in Ursa Major’ by Emma Brodie

Jane Quinn is a small-town singer-song-writer who steps in to replace folk legend Jesse Reid’s set at a local folk festival when he’s unable to perform. Her cover of his hit song propels her into the spotlight, as well as into the orbit of Reid. Jesse and Jane fall in love, tour together, and their stars continue to rise until she learns a secret from his past. “Songs in Ursa Major” is a fictionalized account of the relationship between Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, and it’s a romantic summer escape regardless of your connection to these folk greats and former loves. –Sarah Gelman

‘One Last Stop’ by Casey McQuiston

The author of “Red, White & Royal Blue” sets her sophomore novel in New York, where August doesn’t have expectations beyond earning her degree and enough to pay the rent. But soon she’s intrigued by Jane, an electrifying young woman she encounters on the Q train, and who seems too good to be real. “One Last Stop” leans into friendship, found families, and unexpected love, offering an unforgettable heart-warmer that makes even New York City’s subway seem magical. –Adrian Liang

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‘The Ugly Cry’ by Danielle Henderson

With wit and clarity, Danielle Henderson recounts her childhood growing up with her and grandmother — a ferocious and foul-mouthed woman who is not afraid to call it like it is. It is truly laugh-out-loud at points, which offsets the “the ugly cry” — the screaming, the racism, the violence — of Henderson’s experiences as a young Black woman finding her way in the world. An unforgettable and remarkable memoir that hits all the emotions of a life filled with love and heartache. –Al Woodworth

‘One Two Three’ by Laurie Frankel

Narrated by the Mitchell triplets, this smart and funny novel is grounded in the tight-knit town of Bourne, still reeling from an environmental poisoning 17 years ago. Now the company responsible wants to return. In alternating chapters, the triplets take us through the highly charged whirlwind of questionable loyalties and contradictions that grip the town, enriching the story with their unique perspectives and personalities. I fell hard for these very different siblings who share a keen sense of humor and a fierce loyalty to each other, their mother, and Bourne. –Seira Wilson

‘Somebody’s Daughter’ by Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford’s voice is what makes this memoir special: she’s candid, inquisitive, and present in the moments she shares — especially those of her childhood. From the absence of her father and the shocking revelation of his incarceration, to the grandmother she adored, and the men who both protected and hurt her, “Somebody’s Daughter” shows how people and the critical moments — both big and small — can become hardwired into our lives and affect the way we react to and experience the world. –Al Woodworth

‘Animal’ by Lisa Taddeo

After the success of “Three Women”, many of us have been wondering what Lisa Taddeo’s first foray into fiction would look like. “Animal” is about adventure, sexuality, and female rage, and it will not be for everyone. But I’m confident there is a fairly large cohort out there who will love this book. There is a drive and a beauty to “Animal” that feels rare. And if any book could ever be called a gut punch, it is this one. –Chris Schluep

‘Girl One’ by Sara Flannery Murphy

In the early 1970s, nine women live in a commune with one male scientist, who helps them conceive baby girls without male insemination. The resulting girls are controversial, and the commune is burned down when the eldest girl — Girl One — is six, killing one of her “sisters” and the scientist. Twenty years later, Josie (aka Girl One) is studying to be a doctor when she learns that her mother (Mother One) is missing. Josie sets out to find her mother, which involves tracking down the other Mother/Girl pairs. “Girl One” mixes thriller, science fiction, and feminism for a genre-bending, empowering, and just plain fun read. –Sarah Gelman

‘The Maidens’ by Alex Michaelides

Grieving widow Mariana is at Cambridge University to comfort her undergraduate niece, Zoe, after one of Zoe’s classmates is murdered. The murdered girl was one of the Maidens, a secret society of beautiful young students, acolytes of Edward Fosca, a smug, charismatic professor of Greek tragedy. Languidly-paced, dark, and brooding, the first third of the novel uses the campus setting to set the stage for a mesmerizing tale of misgivings, misdirection, and Greek mythology as Mariana’s response to the murder spirals from professional to personal, and then, obsessed. –Vannessa Cronin

‘Golden Girl’ by Elin Hilderbrand

One beautiful June day, Nantucket writer Vivi Howe is killed in a hit-and-run accident. She is now in the afterlife, being guided by her “Person,” who grants Vivi three nudges to push her grieving family and friends toward the right choices in the summer months following her death. While “Golden Girl” introduces more fantasy than previous Hilderbrand novels, it has her trademark style, wit, complicated characters, and drool-worthy food descriptions. –Sarah Gelman

‘Palace of the Drowned’ by Christine Mangan

For Frankie Croy, a writer suffering from an inability to recapture the success of her youth, a savage review — and the public meltdown it inspired — has driven her to Venice, where she hopes to regroup and wait out her public disgrace in a friend’s palazzo. Along comes Gilly, a young woman who insinuates herself into Frankie’s life. “Palace of the Drowned” adroitly depicts stylish, mid-century jet setters whose tightly-wound personalities are at odds with their exotic locales, and whose self-possession threatens to come undone in the face of messy personal relationships. –Vannessa Cronin