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What are the Best New Books Coming in June 2019?

Best new books coming in June 2019

New month, new books! This month’s Book Light is our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the most-anticipated new releases for June 2019. June reads are always good. So what are the best books coming in June 2019? Our intrepid team has been exploring and here’s what we found.

What are the Best Books Coming in June 2019?

What’s on the list of the most-anticipated new releases in June 2019? The list of best new books in June 2019 includes the return of beloved authors like Elizabeth Gilbert, Neal Stephenson, Dominic Smith, Mark Haddon, Jean Kwok and Jennifer Weiner. There are also some highly buzzed-about debuts, including the first novel from poet Ocean Vuong.

In terms of themes, the mood is lighter, as befits the start of beach season. But there’s plenty of spice to go with the summer sweetness: a book about language and its impact on women; an insider guide to Silicon Valley; and the true story of a television producer who is expert in “makeovers” who decides to makeover her own life. And also some sadness, with a book about the aftermath of the Charleston church massacre and the community’s struggle to forgive.

In short, there’s a book for every taste and mood coming in June 2019. Have a look at the most-anticipated new releases of June 2019.

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Bookworms might want to set aside some serious time this coming June. There are a LOT of really great books on the way! The list of the most-anticipated new releases for June 2019 is long and highly compelling. Choosing where to start and what to add to the pile on your nightstand is going to be a bit of a dilemma, dear reader. You’ve been warned.

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Here are our picks for the best new books coming out in June 2019.  Novels, essay collections, and non-fiction – here’s what we cannot wait to read. You can pre-order them now if you like.


City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. From the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, this is a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940’s. It’s told from the perspective of an older woman looking back on her youth. The story weaves a poignant exploration of beliefs about female sexuality and the unpredictability of true love. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow is the tale of a black woman living by her own rules. Her rural Southern community struggles to understand her. It sounds perfect for those who loved The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Turner House (and we definitely did). The publisher promises “a small-town story about family, friendship, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love.” – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell.  This provocative work examines gendered language and the way it shapes us. The author shares the history of how numerous innocuous words in the English language morphed over time into harsh female insults. Melding history, science, and popular culture, Montell challenges us to change our words. And change the world. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes. Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine innocents during their closing prayer at a weeknight Bible study at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina horrified the nation. Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof’s hearing and said, “I forgive you.” That grace offered the country a hopeful ending to an awful story. But for the survivors and victims’ families, the journey had just begun. With this book, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist provides an account of what happened next. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It by Scott Kupor with a foreword by Eric Ries. Sand Hill Road is where you’ll find the biggest names in venture capital, including Andreessen Horowitz, one of the most successful of all. Think Pinterest, SnapChat, Uber and Facebook. The author serves at the firm as a managing partner. This is his attempt to help entrepreneurs and others understand how VCs think. He’s sharing how venture capitalists decide where and how much to invest. And offering advice on how entrepreneurs can get the best possible deal. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind by Annaka Harris. Learn about the evolving definitions, philosophies, and scientific findings that probe our understanding of consciousness. Where does it reside, and what gives rise to it? The author shares a fascinating exploration of the true definitions of concepts such as the self and free will. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line by Ryan Leigh Dostie is a literary memoir of a young Army recruit driven to prove herself in a man’s world. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation by Sheri Salata. After a twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the OWN network, the author realized that she had dedicated decades to her dream job. But she had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf. After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, she decided to “produce” her own life transformation. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn. The author of Here Comes the Sun offers a pained look at a Jamaican mother who leaves her family for a life in America. And what happens to the daughter she leaves behind. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Mostly Dead Things by Kirsten Arnett is a novel about a family launched into tragicomic dissolution by the suicide of its patriarch. When grief threatens to send the family taxidermy business under, one daughter must rally her eccentric family members to keep it afloat. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson.  The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.  – Publication date: June 4, 2019


On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Following his poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, comes a novel centered on the complicated love a son has for his Vietnamese mother. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok is a drama untangling the complicated ties binding three women. Two sisters and their mother, a Chinese immigrant family, suffer a piercing tragedy. The eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge. – Publication date: June 4, 2019


The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith. The author of The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos returns with a novel about the early years of cinema. Claude Ballard, pioneer of silent films, has been a resident of the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel for over 30 years. When a film history student comes to interview him about The Electric Hotel―a lost film masterpiece ―the past comes surging back. – Publication date: June 4, 2019

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Recursion by Blake Crouch. This new novel – already slated to be a Netflix film – envisions what happens after a brilliant female scientist invents a powerful technology that allows people to entirely reinvent their most intense memories. – Publication date: June 11, 2019


Honestly, We Meant Well by Grant Ginder. In this new novel from the author The People We Hate at the Wedding, a family in crisis travels to Greece for a summer sojourn. A classics professor discovers that her husband is cheating on her and her college-bound son is a mess. Given the chance to take her family to a Greek island for a month, she accepts in the hope that time spent in this sunlit Aegean paradise will cure them all. – Publication date: June 11, 2019


Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner. Two sisters growing up in suburban Detroit come of age at a tumultuous time in American history, the 1960’s. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s liberation, one becomes a rebel and the other a proper Connecticut housewife. Despite their different dreams and paths, both wrestle with the same question: How should a woman be in the world?Publication date: June 11, 2019


Bunny by Mona Awad. The Vegetarian meets Heathers in this novel about a lonely graduate student drawn into a clique of rich girls who seem to move and speak as one. A tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, this is the second book from an author whose work has been described as “honest, searing and necessary.” – Publication date: June 11, 2019


More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth. In this memoir, the charismatic editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue shares her story and her advice on work and life. – Publication date: June 11, 2019

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The Travelers by Regina Porter.  The adventures of two families – one Irish-American, one African-American – unfold and intertwine across continents and generations in this novel. It spans American life from the 1950’s through 2009.  – Publication date: June 18, 2019


The Porpoise by Mark Haddon. From the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this new novel is a contemporary retelling of the ancient legend of Antiochus. Its the story of a father whose protective love for his daughter grows sinister as she enters her teenage years. And the swashbuckling man who tries to rescue her.  – Publication date: June 18, 2019


Vintage 1954 by Antoine Laurain. When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do antique restorer Magalie, mixologist Julien, and Airbnb tenant Bob from Milwaukee, who’s on his first trip to Europe. After their initial shock, the city of Edith Piaf and An American in Paris begins to work its charm on them. – Publication date: June 18, 2019


Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. Here’s the set-up: ex-wife drops off kids, and then promptly disappears. Single dad is left to juggle it all. In this satirical take on modern relationships, Toby Fleishman is left to navigate life post-separation. His daunting challenges include dating apps. And the aforementioned kids. – Publication date: June 18, 2019

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Here’s what to look for at the end of the month on among the most-anticipated new releases of June 2019.


The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz. In this debut novel, a young woman returns to her childhood home and uncovers lethal secrets about her history. Billie James inherits a shack in the Mississippi Delta that once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when she was a young child. When she returns 30 years later, she encounters the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As a result, her own life may be in danger. – Publication date: June 25, 2019

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Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. In this debut novel from the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, two struggling people become roommates and agree to help each other restart their lives. Recently widowed Evvie Drake has rarely left home in the year since her husband’s death. Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher, is wrestling with a performance problem: he can’t throw straight anymore and can’t figure out why. – Publication date: June 25, 2019


The Most Fun We Ever Had: A Novel by Claire Lombardo. In this debut novel set in Chicago and its suburbs, four radically different daughters are each in a state of agitation. What unites them is their secret fear that that they will never find a love quite like their parents’. What follows is a family chronicle that puts those fears and the assumptions that underlie them to the test. – Publication date: June 25, 2019


How Could She? by Lauren Mechling. This is a story of the trials and tribulations of starting fresh in a new city. After a messy break-up, thirty-something Geraldine decides to move to New York City. Her childhood friends Sunny and Rachel are living the dream there, and she wants in. After she arrives, she discovers that the lives of Sunny and Rachel are not as fabulous as they seemed. The media business is convulsing. Publications are closing. It’s not all rooftop cocktail parties. Mechling delivers a candid look at female friendship, the lure of Manhattan, and what it really takes to start over. – Publication date: June 25, 2019

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That’s it – our summary of the most-anticipated new releases of June 2019. What’s at the top of your list? Happy reading!

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