11 July Books That Belong in Your Tote Bag
What are Summer Fridays for if not catching up on your reading? Pack one of these July books in your tote and hit the beach/coffee shop/[insert preferred reading locale here]. Between in-depth biographies, royal historical fiction, and family dramas, there's something for everyone out this month.
Scroll down below for a preview of the July books we can't put down.
Family of Origin (July 16)
CJ Hauser's latest explores the ties that bind as estranged siblings Nolan and Elsa reunite after their biologist father's death. They soon find themselves face to face on an island, their father's colleagues and the search for a rare sea duck the only things standing between them.
America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. (July 9)
As a friend of the late JFK Jr., Steven M. Gillon intersperses personal anecdotes with insider interviews and extensive research in this comprehensive biography.
To buy: $20; amazon.com
The Gifted School (July 2)
Bruce Holsinger's tale of parents and students whose drive to get ahead begins to eclipse all else feels particularly relevant in light of the college admissions scandal. If Lori Loughlin ever decides to start a book club, this would be a smart first pick.
The Golden Hour (July 9)
Beatriz Williams's WWII-era follow up to the bestselling Summer Wives tells the story of Lulu, a reporter who finds herself ensnared in a traitorous plot involving the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
If You Want to Make God Laugh (July 16)
Bianca Marais's sophomore novel follows the seemingly disparate lives of three women — a former nun, a pregnant and poverty-stricken teen, and a well-off socialite — living in post-Apartheid South Africa.
Meet Me in Monaco (July 23)
Set against the glamorous backdrop of Grace Kelly's royal wedding, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb's work of historical fiction follows boutique owner Sophie Duval, whose chance encounter with the Princess-to-be changes the trajectory of her life.
Supper Club (July 9)
Lara Williams's debut trails unobtrusive Roberta, who's spent years suppressing her desires (for food, companionship). When she meets free-spirited Stevie the titular Supper Club is born — a bacchanalian-type celebration of food and the women who eat it. But is it all enough to leave Roberta sated?
Four Friends (July 9)
Bestselling author William D. Cohan documents the lives of four of his friends from boarding school who suffered untimely deaths — among them, John F. Kennedy Jr.
To buy: $20; amazon.com
We Came Here to Forget (July 2)
From Andrea Dunlop, the author of She Regrets Nothing, comes the story of Kate, a skier with Olympic dreams who flees to Buenos Aires to reinvent herself after learning a shocking secret about her family.
Lock Every Door (July 2)
Set within the walls of a wealthy N.Y.C. residence, Riley Sager's latest thriller shadows Jules, whose seemingly ideal apartment sitting job grows more and more foreboding as the days wear on.
The Enlightenment of Bees (July 9)
In Rachel Linden's latest, 26-year-old Mia goes on an Eat Pray Love-type humanitarian excursion after her longtime boyfriend drops the dreaded line, "I need some space." As her journey unfolds, Mia realizes her carefully planned future might not be the one she actually wants.
To buy: $12; amazon.com