14 New Books That Save Brain Cells This Summer

Essay anthologies, scorching family dramas, and more

A Summer’s Worth of Page-Turners

“It’s summertime, and the reading is easy. But DailyCandy’s picks for the season aren’t all fluff and cake; these books have real meat. I read five novels in July and hope to do the same in August, starting with one of these.” — Allison Hatfield, managing editor

A Summer’s Worth of Page-Turners “The Shining Girls” “Don’t Kiss Me” “I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow” “The Woman Upstairs” “Every Contact Leaves a Trace” “Sisterland” “Bobcat and Other Stories” “Mermaid in Chelsea Creek” “The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls” “Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence” “The Other Typist” “The First Rule of Swimming” “The Execution of Noa P. Singleton” “Kiss Me First”
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