With continuing travel restrictions and closed borders, this summer is not like the summers of the past, but these books still offer ultimate escapes that cannot be undone. On these pages you can travel to places all over the world – from the remote coasts of Greenland to the distant mid-century landscapes of Mexico and the culinary haute cuisine of France. Let these new books be your ticket to worlds beyond the four walls you’ve been staring at.
1st Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Set in a remote country house, this atmospheric thriller takes you to a mid-century Mexico where a glamorous debutante becomes an amateur detective. She reveals dark and treacherous secrets behind the walls of the crumbling, once-great high place that a wealthy mining empire family calls home.
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Publication date: 30 June. Buy here: Amazon.com, Bookstore.org
2 Rockaway: Surfing headfirst into a new life by Diane Cardwell
Queens, New York
The memoirs of a born New Yorker who finds the wild world of waves and the sense of community on the edge of the metropolis. This story of reinvention will inspire you to find urban adventures close to home – and maybe even pick up a surfboard this summer.
Release date: July 7th. Buy it here: Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com
3. hikes by Charlotte McConaghy
In an ode to our disappearing nature, a lifelong wanderer sets out on a mission to the ever socially distant Greenland to find the world’s last flock of Arctic terns and follows them on their last migration to Antarctica.
Publication date: August 4th. Buy it here: Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com
4. it is wood, it is stone by Gabriella Burnham
This debut novel by a young Brazilian-American author follows a restless American, her smart housekeeper and a charming artist whose lives overlap in São Paulo. The psychological thriller takes you on a tortuous journey through uprootedness, history, class, privilege, sexuality, and more.
Release date: July 28. Buy it here: Amazon.com, Penguin Random House
5. sex and vanity by Kevin Kwan
East Hampton, New York, to Capri, Italy
This modern love story by the author of Crazy Rich Asians hops back and forth between the summer playgrounds of the ultra-rich with decadent food and exaggerated fashion, and it could be just the perfect frothy escape for this summer.
Release date: June 30. Buy it here: Amazon.com, Bookshop.org
6th dirt: Adventure in Lyon as a cook in training, father and sniffer dog in search of the secret of Bill Buford’s French cuisine
A humorous exploration of the esteemed culinary capital Lyon, with a family in tow, this cooking adventurer will take you on a journey. We are all hungry, and these hilarious memoirs will satisfy the appetite of any gourmet for a taste of French cuisine and culture.
Release date: 5 May. Buy here: Amazon.com, Bookshop.org
7. all the way to the tigers of Mary Morris
Morris transforms a personal catastrophe into a travel memory modeled after Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, heals from a devastating ice-skating accident and embarks on a three-year odyssey in search of the world’s elusive big cat – and discovers the untamed power within himself.
Release date: 9 June. Buy here: Amazon.com, Penguinrandomhouse.com
8th The island of the seafarers of Lisa Lake
This multi-generational family saga traces the history of this matriarchal collective, some in their 80s, while following the friendship of two girls, the next generation of Haenyeo, the brave, all-female freedivers who run the small island of Jeju.
Release date: 10 March. Buy here: Amazon.com, Bookstore.org