The 13 Best New Books to Read This Summer

Escape reality with one of our favorite new novels.

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Even if you can't literally escape to a sun-drenched beach this summer, you can still take a vacation into the world of a really good book. (opens in new tab) We've rounded up the top summer reads that will make you want to spend a precious OOO day finishing them, cover to cover. (opens in new tab) From the eerily clairvoyant Death in Her Hands from lit-genius Ottessa Moshfegh to the zany prose of Jean Kyoung Frazier in her debut Pizza Girl, we have a pick for every bookworm. And once you get through these picks, join our virtual book club, #ReadWithMC, (opens in new tab) and dive into a great new pick every month with us.

Megan DiTrolio is the editor of features and special projects at Marie Claire, where she oversees all career coverage and writes and edits stories on women’s issues, politics, cultural trends, and more. In addition to editing feature stories, she programs Marie Claire’s annual Power Trip conference and Marie Claire’s Getting Down To Business Instagram Live franchise.