The 7 Books You Have to Read This Summer

Stories to pack no matter where you're going.

It's not really summer unless you have a good book in your bag. Here, the best vacay reads for every destination.

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein

After both experiencing loss, Yasha and Frances find solace in each other in the unlikeliest of places: the Arctic Viking Museum. Plus, it's funny!

$20; (available June 2)

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

The idyllic life of Georgia Ford is crashing down— oh, and it's just days before her wedding. Cue cold feet.

$18; (available June 2)

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

The very first chapter: Exes accidentally hurl themselves into the sea (talented Nichols makes this plausible, not cheesy).

$19; (available May 26)

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick

Portia Kane has had it with her cheating husband— so she returns to her childhood home to reconnect with a high school teacher even worse off than she is.

$20; (available June 16)

Closer by Michael Clinton

See the world though 192 pages of electrifyingly colorful snapshots—like a travelogue, only prettier.

Closer, $19;

Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen

A gripping story of racial profiling, PTSD, and the threads that hold people together. You'll forget it's fiction.

$12; (available May 26)

The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

A magazine editor learns her former assistant has co-opted the very fabric of the publication. A battle of longevity (and style, and tech) ensues.


A version of this article appears in the June issue of Marie Claire, available now.

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