… under your beach umbrella
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
A woman with no filter and minimal social skills learns how to eschew her lonely lifestyle and make real human connections. Reese Witherspoon has snapped up the movie rights for this buzzy, life-affirming novel.
… at the watercooler (or on Slack)
In this novel, a world-famous trend forecaster who predicted “the swipe” realizes that, much to her employer’s chagrin, the world is ready to turn away from technology and reconnect person to person.
… at book club
The Bad Feminist author’s new memoir explores her relationship with her weight and the trauma of her rape. She calls the brutally honest account “the most difficult writing experience of my life.”
… during graduation parties
WHAT WE LOSE
A college student with an American father and a South African mother feels torn between two worlds after her mom dies of cancer. Her soul-searching continues through her early adulthood as she becomes a mother herself.
… during a bridal shower
ONCE AND FOR ALL
The beloved YA author’s latest novel stars a wedding planner’s daughter who is disillusioned by love; her first boyfriend died unexpectedly. But her faith in romance might be restored when a young heartthrob joins the business.
… at a backyard barbecue
THE END OF EDDY
Louis has been hailed as the French J.D. Vance, explaining the social forces of working-class France in a post-Brexit world. This autobiographical novel documents the life of a young gay boy trying to fit in in a tough, industrial town in the north of France.
This appears in the June 12, 2017 issue of TIME.