The Best New Books to Read at the Beach, Pool, or Cabin This Summer

From left to right, Colson Whitehead's "The Nickel Boys," Christopher Ketcham's "This Land," and Helen Phillips' "The Need"
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It’s July, so the odds are high that you will be plopping yourself down beside a pool or hitting up a summer cabin sometime in the immediate future. And unless you’re a philistine, you’ll have a book in tow. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a quick, foolproof guide to the season’s hottest new reads for every interest.

Best for Fiction Junkies

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Whitehead follows up his Pulitzer-winning novel, The Underground Railroad, with a tale about two boys trapped at a hellish reform school in Jim Crow–era Florida.

"This Land" by Christopher Ketcham
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Best for Outdoorsmen

This Land by Christopher Ketcham

The author exposes how politics, energy development, and “corporate conservation” have affected the way public lands are managed—or not.

Best for Foodies

Hungry by Jeff Gordinier

Jeff Gordinier, Esquire’s food writer, follows the acclaimed chef René Redzepi to the Yucatán Peninsula, the Arctic, and beyond, in an epic hunt for the world’s finest flavors.

"They Bled Blue" by Jason Trubow
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Best for Sports Nuts

They Bled Blue by Jason Turbow

A vivid account of the L.A. Dodgers’ 1981 World Series–winning season, following some colossal screw-ups in the late 1970s.

Best for Thrill-Seekers

The Need by Helen Phillips

In this surreal novel, a woman tries to uncover the identity of an intruder who breaks into her home and creepily knows details about her life.