The Best New Books to Read at the Beach, Pool, or Cabin This Summer

Now that it’s July, you’re probably in need of some new summer books for those jaunts to the pool, beach, or cabin.

So we’ve compiled a quick, foolproof guide to the season’s hottest new reads, cherry-picked for every interest.

Best for Fiction Junkies

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Whitehead follows up his Pulitzer-winning novel, The Underground Railroad, with a tale about two boys trapped at a hellish reform school in Jim Crow–era Florida.

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Best for Outdoorsmen

This Land by Christopher Ketcham

The author exposes how politics, energy development, and “corporate conservation” have affected the way public lands are managed—or not.

Best for Foodies

Hungry by Jeff Gordinier

Jeff Gordinier, Esquire’s food writer, follows the acclaimed chef René Redzepi to the Yucatán Peninsula, the Arctic, and beyond, in an epic hunt for the world’s finest flavors.

"They Bled Blue" by Jason Trubow
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Best for Sports Nuts

They Bled Blue by Jason Turbow

A vivid account of the L.A. Dodgers’ 1981 World Series–winning season, following some colossal screw-ups in the late 1970s.

Best for Thrill-Seekers

The Need by Helen Phillips

In this surreal novel, a woman tries to uncover the identity of an intruder who breaks into her home and creepily knows details about her life.

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