Whether you'll be turning pages while lounging beachside or plopped in a porch swing, these ten upcoming releases are worth adding to your summer reading list.
Simon Rich, Elliot Allagash: A Novel (May 25)
The first novel by Saturday Night Live writer Rich—following up his 2009 essay collection Free-Range Chickens and 2007 debut Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations—is funny and full of promise.
Beth Raymer, Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling (June 1)
Raymer provides an amusing and often absurd peek behind the curtain of high-stakes gambling, drawn straight from the years she spent climbing the ranks of a Las Vegas bookie's office.
Tom Bissell, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter (June 8)
Bissell, who has made a name for himself as both a reporter and an author of fiction, recently wrote of his years-long addiction to Grand Theft Auto for The Observerthat he emerged from the haze able to write at all should make his upcoming discussion of video games' relevance all the more compelling.
Sloane Crosley, How Did You Get This Number (June 15)
The author of 2008's I Was Told There'd Be Cake (and alleged to be the “most popular publicist in New York”) turns out another collection of wit-riddled personal essays, sure to charm and chafe at least as much as her debut.
Rob Sheffield, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut (July 15)
Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield (pictured on the homepage), author of 2007's Love is a Mix Tape, offers up a funny, relatable memoir about growing up in the 80s, and all the glorious (and not so glorious) music and pop culture the decade had to offer.