12 best new books of June 2022, according to Amazon editors – Business Insider
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- Amazon’s book editors round up the best new releases every month.
- June’s picks include a range of beach reads, spellbinding debuts, and a poignant parenting book.
- For other book recommendations, check out some of the most anticipated book releases of 2022 here.
If you’re gearing up for days spent sprawled out on the beach with a good book, you’ve come to the right place.
Every month, Amazon’s book editors publish their favorite new book releases. June’s book picks range from an excellent debut novel that will kick off a new trilogy (“The Final Strife” by Saara El-Arifi), a parenting book on raising antiracist children (“How to Raise an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi), a delicious beach read (“Hotel Nantucket” by Elin Hilderbrand) and a new, remarkable American epic by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author (“Horse” by Geraldine Brooks).
The 12 best new books of June 2022, according to Amazon’s book editors:
Descriptions are provided by Amazon and lightly edited for clarity and length.
“Half-Blown Rose” by Leesa Cross-Smith
It’s impossible to not feel giddy with the excitement of falling in love when you read “Half-Blown Rose.” Vincent has left her lying American husband for the freedom of Paris. As she begins to uncover more about her husband’s deceit she also begins to fall hard for a student in her class. Filled with love, lust, music, and the sparkle of Paris, “Half-Blown Rose” is perfect summer reading. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
“Cult Classic” by Sloane Crosley
A young woman discovers she’s the unwitting guinea pig in a New Age-y experiment whereby a combination of rumination and social media manipulation attract former paramours for you to confront and find closure. This story could easily veer into too-kooky territory; instead, it’s a wry, insightful, laugh-out-loud funnyon one of the riskiest things any of us can undertake: falling in love. “Cult Classic” is a little on the fantastical side. And just plain fantastic. —Erin Kodicek, Amazon Editor
“How to Raise an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi writes with the cadence of a pastor delivering a sermon. He cranks up the speed and power of his words, and then pulls back slowly into a personal story about his daughter, or an unexpected connection between two thoughts. He doesn’t mince words, but he’s not judgmental — he too struggles to be antiracist, and you read this as if on a shared journey. A poignant read for all parents, or for people who want to examine the way they were raised. —Lindsay Powers, Amazon Editor
“Nightcrawling” by Leila Mottley
An unflinching, mesmerizing, and bruising novel that tackles the injustices of poverty, racism, sexism, and policing with such poetic clarity that it’s impossible to put “Nightcrawling” down. This is the story about a Black teenager forced into sex work — nightcrawling — by the very people that could arrest her. As she tries to protect the ones she loves, she discovers a far more sinister side of the East Oakland she knew as a child. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
“Horse” by Geraldine Brooks
A heart-pounding American epic that gallops backward and forward in time to tell a story about race and freedom, horses and art, and the lineage of not just ancestors but actions. From Kentucky to New Orleans, from the 1850s to present day, Pulitzer Prize-winning Brooks weaves together a story centered on one of the fastest thoroughbreds in history and the Black groom that catapulted Lexington to the front of the track. A fast, exciting, and remarkable read, just like the horse the book is centered on. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor
“The Final Strife” by Saara El-Arifi
A debut that reads like a masterwork, “The Final Strife” introduces a beautifully realized and painfully human cast against the backdrop of one of the most compelling fantasy landscapes I’ve ever read. Simply put: I love this book. It’s a true epic filled with mystery, adventure, romance, and…blood magic. Lots of blood magic. While “The Final Strife” starts a new trilogy, it tells a compelling story of its own, with a conclusion that will leave you desperate for more. —Marcus Mann, Amazon Editor
“The Catch” by Alison Fairbrother
When Ellie Adler’s father dies unexpectedly and fails to bequeath her the baseball that was his prized possession — and held special significance for Ellie — her grief gives way to anger and hurt. Fairbrother’s funny, complex, and insightful novel asks: “What do we do if people don’t love us the way we want to be loved?” —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor
“Nora Goes Off Script” by Annabel Monaghan
Nora Hamilton — a scriptwriter for a romance channel — has the formula for true love down pat. On screen, that is. In real life, she and her two kids are still apprehensive about risking their hearts again after her husband cancels all three of them. But lemons and lemonade: the screenplay Nora writes about her divorce brings Hollywood to her door, a hot leading man, and a chance at a happy ending, in this funny, clever, and joyful rom-com. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor
“The Community” by N. Jamiyla Chisholm
“The Community” transports readers to an abusive cult in Brooklyn — mere miles, yet an entire world away, from the gleaming skyscrapers of NYC. Chisholm chillingly recounts how her mom quit her job, converted to Islam, and allowed her husband to move their family into a secret Muslim society, where they were separated from Chisholm, then only age two. I was captivated by this harrowing tale, told through vivid flashbacks of life under lockdown, and in the present day, as Chisholm confronts her mother about how their lives were derailed. —Lindsay Powers, Amazon Editor
“In the Houses of Their Dead” by Terry Alford
A truly fascinating book about how an interest in a movement sweeping mid-1800s America and England, Spiritualism, bound two notable families together — the Booths and the Lincolns — long before the final, tragic connection they would share. Terry Alford lays out all of those eerie connections in detailed but never-dry prose, providing an astonishing story with enough historical context to make it both understandable and, simultaneously, incredible. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor
“Hotel Nantucket” by Elin Hilderbrand
In Hilderbrand’s latest beach read, a British financier purchases a run-down hotel, renovates it into a dream property, and hires a local to be the general manager. He’s trying to impress two women, one of whom is an anonymous hotel reviewer, and the other is a mystery that unfolds over the course of this delicious novel. “The Hotel Nantucket” has lots to love: great food, juicy gossip, secrets and scandals, and that special something that Hilderbrand delivers novel after novel. —Sarah Gelman, Amazon Editor
“Corrections in Ink” by Keri Blakinger
“Corrections in Ink” is not just a story about life in a women’s prison — it’s something much bigger. This is the chronicle of a woman who stared into the abyss of addiction, dove in head-first, then pulled herself out of the ashes of her life through a combination of determination, privilege, and second chances. Gritty, surprising, and hopeful, Blakinger’s memoir is as indelible as ink on a crossword. — Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
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