12 new books to watch in June | Literary Arts | Pittsburgh


The chosen and the beautiful by Nghi Vo

Published June 1 via Tor
Historical/Fantasy Fiction, 272 pages
*A Pride Month Reading*

Big Gabby Fans, this one’s for you! Nghi Vo’s The chosen and the beautiful is a reimagining of the American classic, with Jordan Baker at the forefront of the tale. Except in this version, Baker is queer, Asian, and adopted.

The other black girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Published June 1 via Atria Books
Fiction/Thriller, 368 pages

Nicknamed “get out meets The Women of Stepfordthis first novel finds twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers – the only black employee at her publishing job in New York – suddenly receiving threatening and hostile messages from a new colleague. Her name is Hazel and she’s the other black girl.

One last stop by Casey McQuiston

Published June 1 via St. Martin’s Press
Romance, 432 pages

*A Pride Month Reading*

From the best-selling author of the 2019 LGBT romance novel Red, white and royal blue comes another romantic adventure to fulfill all your wellness needs. When 23-year-old August moves to New York, she unexpectedly meets the mysterious and charming Jane on a train. It sounds too good to be true, and that’s kind of because Jane is time-displaced from the 1970s.

someone’s daughter by Ashley C. Ford

Posted June 1 via Flatiron
Documentaries/Memoirs, 224 pages

An Oprah book, Ashley Ford’s memoir is the story of a childhood defined by the absence of her incarcerated father. Of the book, Oprah says, “I saw so much of my own story in this beautifully written book by Ashley, who – like me – also had to overcome a difficult childhood growing up as a poor black girl. Her remarkable memoirs about finding love, finding freedom, and finding yourself will move you.

There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness by Mr. Léona Godin

Posted June 1 via Pantheon
Non-fiction/disability, 352 pages

From Stevie Wonder to King Lear and star warsGodin, who began losing his sight at age 10, combines an analysis of blindness in art and culture with a study of the science of blindness to paint a vivid personal story of how blindness has shaped our culture.

rainbow milk by Paul Mendez

Out June 8 via Doubleday Books
Historical fiction, 336 pages
*A Pride Month Reading*

Imagine this: you are 19 years old and were raised as a Jehovah’s Witness at the turn of the century. But you’re also black and queer. rainbow milk is a coming-of-age story that follows Jesse McCarthy as he struggles against race, class, sexuality, freedom and religion.

Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Released June 8 via Avid Reader Press
Fiction/Thriller, 336 pages

#1 author New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon three women is back, this time with a book that will keep you hooked until the very end. Animal shows female rage, as Joan, who has spent her whole life enduring the cruel acts of men, is ready to fight back.

Everyone knows your mother is a witch by Rivka Galchen

Released June 8 via Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Historical fiction, 288 pages

It’s 1618 Germany, and when Katharina Kepler is accused of being a witch, her scientist son must focus on defending his mother.

Worship by Amanda Montell

Out June 15 via Harper Wave
Nonfiction, 320 pages

Jonestown. The Manson family. Even SoulCycle. Why are people constantly drawn into cults? And how do they become so powerful? Amanda Montel dives deep into the social science of cult influence and how language is the ultimate form of power.

bath house by PJ Vernon

Out June 15 via Doubleday Books
Fiction/Thriller, 320 pages
*A Pride Month Reading*

Sobriety. A love relationship. Oliver has everything he dreamed of. He has no reason to visit a gay bathhouse in Washington. But he does, and now everything is horribly, horribly wrong.

What White Can Do Next: From Alliance to Coalition by Emma Dabiri

Out June 22 via Harper Perennial
Nonfiction, 176 pages

“Stop the denial; Interrogate Whiteness; Let go of guilt; redistribute resources; Realize that this shit kills you too…” Twisted author Emma Dabiri offers practical ways to create lasting change.

survive the night by Riley Sager

Out June 29 via Dutton Books
Fiction/Thriller, 336 pages

New York Times best-selling author of acclaimed thrillers final girls, Home before dark, The last time I liedand Lock every door is back with another read on the edge of your seat. It’s November 1991 and a student, Charlie, finds herself in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.


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