The Most Transporting Books of the Summer

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The Most Transporting Books of the Summer

Books on Culture and Travel

Do you need to get away this summer? With these new books set all around the world, be inspired for post-pandemic travel. These books will take you to faraway locations, whether you’re flying over Antarctica in Great Circle, solving the riddle of who truly summited Everest first in The Third Pole, or diving into a 1970s political noir set in Mexico City in Velvet Was the Night. —Kathleen Rellihan (Kathleen Rellihan (Kathleen Relli

Maggie Shipstead’s Great Circle | May | Knopf Antarctica

This novel is just what a lockdown tired planet needs to revive the explorer in our dormant imaginations after being grounded due to the virus. A narrative of an early adventurous female aviator circumnavigating the world is remade a century later in a film about her disappearance in Antarctica, with a Hollywood actor playing her.

Charlotte McConaghy’s Once There Were Wolves | August | Flatiron Books Scotland

The author of last summer’s best-selling climate-conscious novel, Migrations, is back with another fascinating narrative. As a tragedy strikes the area, an Alaskan biologist arrives in the isolated Scottish Highlands with her twin sister to reintroduce gray wolves into the wild. This gripping tale explores the complicated ties that exist between us and the animals with whom we share the natural world.

Tokyo Afternoon Flatiron Books | May | Emiko Jean Tokyo is the capital of Japan.

This YA novel with broad appeal—dubbed The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians—follows a Japanese-American girl on the ride of her life as she discovers her father is the Crown Prince of Japan—making her a modern-day princess. Amidst the backdrop of cherry blossoms, castles and royal life, she has real-world struggles trying to fit in to two cultures.

Of Women and Salt By Gabriela Garcia | March | Flatiron Books Cuba

From a 19th-century cigar factory in Camagüey, Cuba, to present-day Havana, Miami, El Salvador and Mexico, this novel spans five generations of Latina women as they struggle to find their own identities while belonging to more than one country. A forceful story that will urge readers to see both Cuba and all immigrants in a different light, as well as inspire them to dig into. This is a brief summary.

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