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From Lauren Groff to David Lynch: The Best Books of June 2018

Every month, Signature combs through the upcoming releases to provide a look at the most exciting titles rounding the bend.

This month is something special: Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, is launching with A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza; Lauren Groff is back with her followup to Fates and Furies (Florida); Yrsa Daley-Ward’s lyical memoir will take your breath away (The Terrible); David Lynch looks back on his life’s work (Room to Dream); and there’s much more where that came from.

So embrace summer with us and don’t forget to pack a new book in that beach bag. Let us know what your favorite book of June is in the comments below.

  • The cover of the book Black Klansman

    Black Klansman

    The basis for the upcoming film from Spike Lee and Jordan Peele, Ron Stallworth tells his story in Black Klansman. Stallworth was the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, and in Black Klansman, he reveals all that unfolded when he decided to respond to an ad to join the Ku Klux Klan in the name of keeping his country safe. What follows is a thriller-like chronicling of one of the most audacious — and brave — undercover investigations in history.

    Out June 5

     
  • The cover of the book Florida

    Florida

    Lauren Groff’s much-anticipated follow-up to her bestselling Fates and Furies comes to us in the form of a thrilling short story collection. At its heart is Florida — not the glittering, alcohol-soaked Miami, but the marshes, the wilds, and the subtropics of the sunshine state. A diverse cast of characters will keep readers rapt from story to story, as will the luminous portrayal of the state itself.

    Out June 5

     
  • The cover of the book Sick

    Sick

    One of the most anticipated books of 2018, Sick is a powerful memoir that documents one woman’s journey through chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, acceptance, and recovery. For as long as Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. A few major hospitalizations and over $100,000 later, she finally was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease. As a woman, an Iranian-American, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems, Porochista seeks to expose the failures of a broken medical system and change our concept of illness narratives one page at a time.

    Out June 5

     
  • The cover of the book The Terrible

    The Terrible

    A Storyteller's Memoir

    Yrsa Daley-Ward’s 2017 poetry collection bone dazzled readers with its starkly honest reflections on humanity. A lyrical memoir, (part prose, part verse), The Terrible is something a bit different, but no less searing. Here, Daley-Ward tells the story of her childhood onward, no holds barred.

    Out June 5

     
  • The cover of the book There There

    There There

    A novel

    Tommy Orange’s debut novel There There represents a stunning new voice in the world of Native American fiction. A multigenerational story, the novel follows twelve characters, each of whom are traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow for their own reasons. Orange zeroes in on the plight of the urban Native American, and all of the history, trauma, pain, and culture that goes into it.

    Out June 5

     
  • The cover of the book Us Against You

    Us Against You

    The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown returns with a novel that returns to Beartown just as the members of the close-knit community learn that their ice hockey team is to be disbanded. The former Beartown players now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, and tensions escalate between the towns and teams as a game between the two of them approaches: The stakes are higher than anyone ever thought possible.

    Out June 5

     
  • The cover of the book A Place for Us

    A Place for Us

    A Novel

    A Place for Us is the very first novel published by Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth. At an Indian wedding in America, a long-fractured family must come together and reckon with their differences, and the reasons behind their estrangement. Hadia’s marriage is one of love, not tradition, and her parents must reckon with that, as Hadia’s brother Amad joins the family for the first time in three years. Mirza explores the family’s dynamics through many lenses, a timely one being the lives of immigrants in America, and what they leave behind.

    Out June 12

     
  • The cover of the book American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

    American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

    This timely collection of sonnets from one of America’s most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, consists of seventy poems bearing the same title. Through these poems, Terrance explores the true meaning of words like American, assassin, and love. Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are influenced by this country’s past, present, and foreseeable future — they are nothing short of stunning and are a must-read for everyone in today’s world.

    Out June 19

     
  • The cover of the book The Great Believers

    The Great Believers

    Award-winning author Rebecca Makkai brings readers an astonishing novel of friendship and strength in the face of tragedy. Set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, the book follows two siblings, Yale and Fiona, who witness the carnage of the AIDS epidemic firsthand. Both Yale and Fiona lost many people they loved to the dreaded virus, and as the story unfolds, we learn how deeply it affected them, their futures, and all those around them.

    Out June 19

     
  • The cover of the book The Melody

    The Melody

    A Novel

    From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Harvest, Quarantine, and Being Dead comes a compelling novel about a musician named Alfred Busi who lives alone in his villa by the Mediterranean Sea. Though he is famous in his town for his songs, the recent death of his wife has led Busi to live a quieter life. Just as everything seems to settle, Busi is attacked by a mysterious intruder who he deems to be neither man nor animal. The attack sets off a chain of events that will cast a shadow on Busi’s career, jeopardize his home, and change his town forever.

    Out June 19

     
  • The cover of the book Room to Dream

    Room to Dream

    Part biography and part memoir, Room to Dream takes readers into the life and mind of David Lynch like never before. Lynch himself opens up about his films, and all he had to go through to make them in the way he wanted. Close collaborator Kristine McKenna, along with ex-wives, family members, colleagues, and friends of Lynch candidly explore Lynch as they have known him. As an added bonus, Lynch’s greatest works — “Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive,” “The Elephant Man,” and “Blue Velvet” among them — are of course discussed in detail along the way.

    Out June 19

     
  • The cover of the book Uncensored

    Uncensored

    My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America

    In this memoir, twenty-one-year-old Zachary Wood shares his opinions on free speech, race, and the importance of discussion. Zach ruminates on his past as a poor and black kid in Washington, D.C., where he had to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and their perspectives. His experiences growing up led him to become an advocate for intellectual debate. In Uncensored, Zach offers us new ways of interacting with others, with the goal of fostering better relationships in a world that has never felt more polarized.

    Out June 19

     
  • The cover of the book What the Eyes Don't See

    What the Eyes Don't See

    A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

    What the Eyes Don’t See tells the story of the Flint water crisis — one of the biggest environmental disasters of our time — and a physician, Dr. Mona, who fought tirelessly against officials to garner proof that the water supply from the Flint River was toxic from lead. Dr. Mona proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. As an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother who saved countless lives, Dr. Mona is a true American hero.

    Out June 19

     
  • The cover of the book When Katie Met Cassidy

    When Katie Met Cassidy

    The acclaimed author of The Assistants is back with this heartwarming novel about two women who form a connection so deep, it makes them question everything they know about sex and love. As Katie and Cassidy sort through their feelings for each other, they learn about their identities, their desires, and their place in the world. When Katie Met Cassidy is a perfect mixture of humor, romance, and drama — it reminds us all that love knows no bounds and can be found in even the most unexpected places.

    Out June 19

     
  • The cover of the book Confessions of the Fox

    Confessions of the Fox

    A Novel

    Both a work of speculative historical fiction and a love story, Confessions of the Fox begins with the discovery of a long-lost manuscript. When scholar Dr. Voth comes upon said manuscript, he is caught up in his own heartbreak. Soon, he is instead caught up in an exposé, of Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess, two of the most notorious thieves (and lovers) of eighteenth-century London. As he obsessively annotates the riveting manuscript, Dr. Voth wonders if it is indeed a genuine autobiography, or simply a hoax. Soon, however, he find that his fate is just as much involved as Jack and Bess’s.

    Out June 26

     
  • The cover of the book My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

    My Twenty-Five Years in Provence

    Reflections on Then and Now

    Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, never looked back once they decided to move to Provence, France, after their vacation on the Côte d’Azur was derailed by rain. Utterly charmed by Provence, they moved their life there from England, and Mayle remained there until his death in January 2018. Here, in this final volume of writing, Peter Mayle reflects on all he’s observed, learned, and enjoyed over the course of his twenty-five years living in Provence.

    Out June 26