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The Best Books to Read This June

Five standout new releases of the month-and one old favorite to revisit.
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This month, dive into unforgettable short stories, enjoy a dark debut, pour over a book an exceedingly delicious cookbook, and revisit a classic by a dearly departed master.

1. The Novel: Visible Empire


In 1962, Air France Flight 007 crashed upon takeoff and all 122 passengers—a group of prominent Atlanta citizens taking an inaugural jaunt on a route from Paris to Georgia—died. In this, the latest novel from Listen to Me author Hannah Pittard, that real-life crash kicks off a fictional series of events that changes a city and its people forever.

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2. The Short Stories: Florida


From Fates & Furies author Lauren Groff comes this collection of 11 stories, which speak to each other not in the light of the Sunshine State, but in the shadows. Groff’s world is a dark, strange one of tempests and terrors. Her characters—whether a solo traveler caught in a hurricane, a mother who suffers a head injury, or two girls stranded on an island— fall into loneliness and self-ruin at each turn.

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3. The Debut: Tell Me Lies


This dark, exhilarating coming-of-age story from Carola Lovering charts both sides of a very imperfect relationship from a California campus to an ambition-and anxiety-ridden New York City. There might be no better addition to your beach bag this month.

4. The Coffee Table Book: Friends* *Bearing Gifts


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Everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Prince Charles and Joan Rivers have left their mark on Joseph Cicio, a former retail executive whose gorgeous new tome explores the extraordinary relationships he’s had over the years—and the remarkable items, and memories, that have come with them. It’s a great book to pour over, but perhaps even better as—you guessed it—a gift

5. The Cookbook: Levant


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Tanoreen, in the Bay Ridge neighborhood in Brooklyn, is one of New York City’s best-loved restaurants. Here, chef Rawia Bishara—previously the author of Olives, Lemons & Za’atar—shares more than 100 of the recipes (we’re partial to the triple almond cake) that have made the eatery a destination for more than two decades.

6. The Classic: Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers


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As famous for his liberal use of punctuation as for his signature white suits, Tom Wolfe—who recently died at the age of 88—cut a striking figure on the page and in life. Pay homage to the recently departed provocateur with a new look at Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, published in 1970, which features Wolfe’s seminal article about Leonard Bernstein’s Black Panthers party, as well as his examination of the effect of anti-poverty programs on minorities in San Francisco.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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