6 Great Reads for Every Type of Summer Getaway

New books for the beach, the lake, and the mountains.

By Gina DeCaprio Vercesi

Whether you’re lounging under an umbrella with your toes in the sand, swinging in a hammock beneath shady pines, or dangling your feet off the dock, summertime means losing yourself in a good book. So take your pick of these new page-turners and settle in—lazy days are on the horizon.

On the Beach

The High Season by Judy Blundell

Ruthie Beamish co-owns a gorgeous house on Long Island’s North Fork with her ex-husband but rents it out each summer to foot the bills. When this season’s socialite tenant gets too close for comfort, Ruthie realizes that the über-rich widow is angling for far more than a summer getaway.

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Following a breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Lucy agrees to house-sit for her sister in Venice Beach while dragging out work on her dissertation and attending therapy. But when she dives into a relationship with Theo, a mysterious swimmer who wanders the beach at night, things start to get fishy.

In the Mountains

Look Big: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds by Rachel Levin

Ever wonder how you’re really supposed to handle meeting a mountain lion? In this humorous mix of animal facts, survival tips, and storytelling, Levin offers helpful advice for interacting with various forms of wildlife at a time when the boundaries between human and animal habitats have grown increasingly blurred.

We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed

In this tale of ethics, humanity, and the complexities of marriage, we follow Sol, an aspiring young cyclist, as he races in the Tour de France. Along the route, Sol becomes entangled in the world of performance-enhancing drugs. His wife, Liz, an ambitious geneticist, is drawn into the scheme as well.

At the Lake

Florida by Lauren Groff

Ogres, snakes, and hurricanes all make an appearance in this compelling 11-story collection by the author of Fates and Furies. Groff’s dispatches follow a diverse cast of characters as they struggle to make sense of both their lives and the natural world within the “damp, dense tangle” of the Sunshine State.

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

After her husband, Rory, is killed in action in Iraq, Lauren retreats to her family’s home on the Jersey Shore. When a documentary filmmaker begins to expose secrets from Rory’s past, Lauren strives to reconcile them with the memories she has of both her husband and their relationship.

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  • Published: July 2018