Emily Giffin is the author of something borrowed, where we belong, and nine other bestsellers. Her new novel, Meant to betells the love story between the famous offspring of a Kennedy family and a model with a troubled past.
The Cave Dwellers by Christina McDowell (2021)
I like any story that pulls back the curtain on hidden societies, especially when it’s mixed with politics. This hugely entertaining story delivers on both counts, exploring the social elite inhabiting our nation’s capital, as well as deeper issues of classism and racism. Buy it here.
I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown (2022)
As a mother of identical twins, I was intrigued by the premise of i will be you – a story of twin sisters whose identities were practically singular growing up, but grew apart as adults. When one of them goes missing, a surprising storyline at every turn ensues, offering precise insight into the nature of identity and family. Buy it here.
The Good Left Unfinished by Adriana Trigiani (2022)
Reading an Adriana Trigiani book is like having an intimate conversation with a good friend. The property left unfinished is a beautifully rendered love letter to multiple generations of Italian women as they navigate war, tragedy, love and lost opportunity through intertwining stories that lay bare the soul of one family of the working class. Buy it here.
Charaine Wilkerson’s Black Cake (2022)
This marvelous first novel is populated by three characters with vivid features and the legacy of betrayals and secrets over several generations. Global in scope but intensely personal in nature, black cake explores everything from racial identity to sexuality to cultural assimilation. Buy it here.
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston (2022)
The master of cute yet powerful romance novels that dive deep into the LGBTQ+ experience, McQuiston creates funny, swoon-worthy stories that should appeal to all readers. I’m a sucker for coming-of-age novels, and this book — McQuiston’s first young adult novel — feels like The breakfast club meets Election. Buy it here.
An Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle (2022)
Who doesn’t like to be completely transported when reading a book, especially when that book takes you to the Amalfi Coast? This is the setting for this deeply moving story about a woman coming to terms with her mother’s death. If you’re looking for an original beach read that richly evokes family relationships and Italian cuisine, this is the one for you. Buy it here.
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