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New month, new books! Book Light is our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the most-anticipated new book releases every month, and next up is June 2023. So what are the best new new novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in June 2023? Our intrepid team has been exploring and here’s what we found: 21 new book releases coming soon that we cannot wait to read.

what are the most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases for June 2023?

Wondering what to read in June 2023? We’ve surveyed the landscape, and rounded up a list of the best new books coming this June.

The best most anticipated new novels, poetry collections and non-fiction book releases to read among the books coming out in June 2023

The best most anticipated new novels, poetry collections and non-fiction book releases to read among the books coming out in June 2023.

the best new novels and non-fiction books coming in June 2023

Here’s our pick of the top new book releases of June 2023 – novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction – that we cannot wait to read. Perhaps pre-order your favorites now.

new book releases June 6, 2023

1. August Blue by Deborah Levy.

The Booker Prize finalist returns with a new novel set in the high-pressure crucible of classical music. “At the height of her career, the piano virtuoso Elsa M. Anderson―former child prodigy, now in her thirties―walks off the stage in Vienna, mid-performance.” She begins a solo journey across the capitals of Europe, believing she’s being followed by her doppelgänger, wrestling with melancholy and hoping for a chance at personal transformation.


2. My Murder by Katie Williams.

Here’s a new twist on the classic murder mystery plot. In My Murder, a mom and victim of a serial killer is “brought back to life and returned to her grieving family by a government project . . . As she bonds with other female victims, she realizes that disturbing questions remain about what exactly preceded her death and how much she can really trust those around her.”


3. The Whispers by Ashley Audrain.

The author of The Push returns with another poignant and dark rumination on the role of mothers in The Whispers. In a suburban home, a young boy has fallen from a window in the middle of the night, his life now hanging in the balance. His mother refuses to speak to anyone. Meanwhile, the family’s friends and neighbors each feel complicit in the tragedy.


4. Sleeping with the Ancestors: How I Followed the Footprints of Slavery by Joseph McGill Jr. and Herb Frazier.

In Sleeping with the Ancestors, “one man tells the story of his groundbreaking project to sleep overnight in former slave dwellings that still stand across the country—revealing the fascinating history behind these sites and shedding light on larger issues of race in America.”


5. Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks–a Cool History of a Hot Commodity by Amy Brady.

Ice is a history of ice written by a notable climate journalist. In it, we learn “the strange and storied two-hundred-year-old history of ice in America, from mixed drinks to motel hallways, skating rinks to cryotherapy treatments.” On a rapidly warming planet, this civilization-altering substance might once again become a luxury available only to the few.


New book releases June 13, 2023

6. Nightbloom by Peace Adzo Medie.

We loved the author’s first novel His Only Wife, so we’re delighted to know that she’s back with new fiction this month. Nightbloom, set in Ghana, is the story of two cousins who were inseparable friends as little girls. But as they grow older, their paths diverge. One migrates to America to become a physician. The other remains, struggling with secrets and shame. It takes a crisis to reunite them and test the bonds of their lifelong friendship.


7. You Were Always Mine by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza.

In You Were Always Mine, the writing pair behind the novel We Are Not Like Them return with new fiction about the role of gender and race in modern family life. “A Black woman finds an abandoned white baby, sending her on a collision course with her past, her family, and a birth mother who doesn’t want to be found.”


new book releases June 20, 2023

8. I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home by Lorrie Moore.

In her first novel since A Gate at the End of the Stairs, the author spins “a ghost story set in the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries.” This work of historical fiction serves as an elegiac consideration of grief and devotion. Reportedly, it “concerns a mystery about ‘a therapy clown and an assassin, both presumed dead, but perhaps not dead at all.'” Oh, yes. We’re all in.


9. Watch Us Dance by Leila Slimani.

In Watch Us Dance, the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny and In the Country of Others returns with a new novel. In the 1960’s, the newly independent nation of Morocco is a playground for two biracial siblings: an older sister committed to her studies. And a younger brother drawn to the hippies from Europe who are descending on Tangier and Casablanca in pursuit of drugs and free love. As the comity forged during the recent struggle for independence gives way to greed and corruption, both face a reckoning as they come of age in this new world.


10. The Glow by Jessie Gaynor.

A flailing corporate communications executive tries to save her career by turning a ramshackle “wellness retreat” called FortPath into an influencer and high-end wellness brand. What could possibly go wrong?


new books releases June 27, 2023

11. The Imposters by Tom Rachman.

“a once successful but now aging and embittered novelist . . . is determined to finish her final book, and reverse her fortunes, before time runs out.” Set in London during the pandemic, she spins stories from “the perspectives of her missing brother, her estranged daughter, her erstwhile lover, and her last remaining friend, among others.” A Scheherazade of the Great Lockdown, we see a fertile mind and imagination telling tales to stave off what she sees as her impending doom.


12. Little Monsters by Adrienne Brodeur.

Set in the summer of 2016, and drawing on the biblical tale of Cain and Abel, Little Monsters is a novel about a brilliant father who has gone off his bipolar meds in the hopes of making one more scientific breakthrough before he dies. And his son and daughter, raised in his care in a remote part of Cape Cod, who are continuing their lifelong competition for primacy in their father’s eyes by obsessing over the perfect gift for his upcoming 70th birthday.


13. The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel.

The story of the world’s most prolific art thief, Stéphane Breitwieser, this new non-fiction book reads like a Hollywood caper flick. “Carrying out more than two hundred heists over nearly eight years—in museums and cathedrals all over Europe—Breitwieser, along with his girlfriend who worked as his lookout, stole more than three hundred objects, until it all fell apart in spectacular fashion.”


most anticipated new novels and non-fiction books coming in June 2023

That’s our take on the best most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases to read among the books coming out in June 2023. What’s at the top of your list this month, dear reader?

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. She serves on the boards of several tech companies, and was previously a senior executive in finance, media and fashion, and a partner at McKinsey & Co.