Bookmark This: Beach Reads to Last You All Summer Long
The best part of summer is getting away. The worst part? Getting there. Whether you’re riding a train to visit your family for the weekend or hopping on a cross-country flight to an exotic locale, we encourage you to pass your travel time by disappearing into one of this month’s stellar new reads. From a novel that challenges the very notion of a “beach body” (yes, please!) to some revolutionary mediation on sex in 2016, these books will hook you, entertain you, and stick with you long after you reach your final destination. Scroll down for some of our must-read picks for summer.
Sex is one of those life’s pleasures that is so radically primitive and complicated at the same time. No longer is sex a simple P-in-V maneuver—in fact, there are still plenty of nuances to untangle and social taboos to debunk—and Amy Rose Spiegel, a self-proclaimed queer sex–positive advocate, has written an enlightening half-guide/half-memoir of everything you need to know about the deed in 2016. From how to perform orgasmic foreplay to how to approach threesomes to how to handle getting intimate with a victim of rape—nothing’s off-limits in this comprehensive bedfellow.
YouTube cook Laura Miller probably never thought that her online videos would turn her into a bona fide food star, but alas, here she is five years later with over 87K subscribers and nearly 1.5M views to her name. And now, Miller can also add her first cookbook to her list of accomplishments. Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. is the perfect kitchen companion for non-meat, non-dairy foodies who seek a healthier diet. With yummy recipes like ginger maple granola, lavender cheesecake, and sweet potato curry compiled into a 224-page bound book, this keepsake is like holding a delicious viral sensation.
Growing up is hard to do when it seems impossible to escape the ghosts of your youth. In her follow-up to 2014’s Majorca-set The Vacationers, Emma Straub stays close to home by following Elizabeth, Zoe, and Andrew, three musically inclined, Brooklyn-dwelling friends now decades away from the rock shows they played in their 20s. (These days, their attempts at jamming happen between conversations about paying for their kids’ college.) When a former bandmate re-enters their lives, the trio begins to reexamine every aspect of their bougie middle-aged lives—from their creative-class day jobs to the decorated Ditmas Park homes they own.
In this chilling tale, author Sarai Walker takes a jab at society’s obsession with weight and vanity through the eyes of Plum Kettle, a 300-pound woman saving up for a drastic weight-loss surgery. But when Plum unexpectedly gets pulled into a group of feminists who teach her how to be more body-accepting, she slowly begins to value and love herself for the first time, even as a “fat” woman. Dietland is a great reminder that there is much more to life than the numbers on the weight scale.
In this heavily researched book of anecdotes and interviews, former MacArthur “genius” Angela Duckworth makes a strong case for grit and why people who have it are destined to succeed more in life. It’s an encouraging read for any young professional woman who may not necessarily feel she’s the smartest or most talented—this book argues that passion and perseverance could be considered more important traits to leadership. For a boost of self-confidence or major career inspiration, bookmark this title immediately.
It’s hard to imagine, but before Meryl Streep turned into the silver-screen queen we know her as today, she was a young and ambitious actress from New Jersey who hustled her way into the NYC theater scene with her unbridled talent. In this heavily researched biography, author Michael Schulman examines the life of Streep in an homage of sorts—dissecting her feminist roles in 1970s American cinema as well as the personal decisions she made as a working mother—to uncover a fascinating career of one of America’s most legendary and celebrated actresses.