Buzzfeed chose eight excellent books from Macmillan as part of their “Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer” feature:
THE ANSWERS by Catherine Lacey
Catherine Lacey’s novel THE ANSWERS centers around people looking for the answers to love, to emotions, to ailing bodies. Mary, a young woman in New York City, is desperate for a cure for her paralyzing pain when she finally finds an effective treatment that she can’t afford. To pay for it, she joins eccentric actor Kurt Sky’s “Girlfriend Experiment” — a project for which Sky has recruited multiple women to fulfill different roles in an attempt to create the perfect romantic relationship — and becomes his “Emotional Girlfriend,” along the way learning more about herself and the nature of connection.
GOODBYE, VITAMIN by Rachel Khong
Heartbroken after her engagement is called off and feeling that her life has become a mess, 30-year-old Ruth quits her job and goes home to her parents to take care of her father, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. As his condition grows worse, Ruth devotes herself to researching supplements and meals that might restore his memory. Tender yet funny in turns, GOODBYE, VITAMIN offers poignant insight into family, memory, marriage, parenthood, love, and loss.
THE CITY ALWAYS WINS by Omar Robert Hamilton
Omar Robert Hamilton’s THE CITY ALWAYS WINS is a vivid, powerful portrait of Egypt’s failed revolution in 2011. Through the eyes of Mariam and Khalil, two young people fighting at the front lines of the revolution in the streets of Cairo and its political underground, THE CITY ALWAYS WINS is an urgent and relevant work that captures the realities of class friction, war, torture, and dictatorships.
MY LIFE WITH BOB by Pamela Paul
MY LIFE WITH BOB is the ultimate book about reading books — New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul has kept a journal (named Bob) for 28 years, meticulously tracking every book she’s ever read. The result is an intimate look into her interior life and the ways in which the stories she has read have changed her own story. Clever and heartfelt, MY LIFE WITH BOB will appeal to anyone with a deep love for reading.
SO MUCH BLUE by Percival Everett
Percival Everett’s SO MUCH BLUE is a novel written with Everett’s signature humor about a man reckoning with the past and the secrets he has kept from his family. Ten years ago, Kevin Pace had an affair with a young painter in Paris. In present day, he is working on a painting that he won’t allow his wife or children to see: an enormous canvas covered in different shades of blue.
EAT ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY by Lindsay Hunter
Lindsay Hunter treats addiction with empathy and honesty in EAT ONLY WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY, a novel about an overweight 58-year-old man who rents an RV and drives from West Virginia to Florida in search of his missing addict son. Along the way, he comes to realize that his excessive eating and drinking may not be so different from his son’s addictions, and he must reckon with his past mistakes and failings as a parent and as a husband.
DEAR CYBORGS by Eugene Lim
Eugene Lim’s genre-bending DEAR CYBORGS follows two drastically different storylines: In one, two outcast Asian-American boys in the Midwest bond over their love for comic books before their friendship falls apart; in another, superheroes in a future or alternate universe contemplate the state of society. The result is a smart, inventive, highly unconventional novel that explores themes of resistance, art, capitalism, and contemporary culture.
LIFE IN CODE: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
Ellen Ullman’s LIFE IN CODE is an insightful account of the past 20 years of change in technology, which has transformed both our economy and our culture. Through her expert lens, Ullman shares the story of the rise of digital technology, computers, and the internet into the mainstream as experienced in her extensive career as a programmer and software engineer.