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10 New Books for Your Summer Reading List

Break out the hammock and relax with a book about the craft beer revolution, Rebecca Makkai’s Boystown novel, Kim Brooks’s non-fiction examination of parenthood and fear in America, and more.

'Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out' by Josh Noel

Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out

Josh Noel
Photos: Courtesy of publishers

In 2011, Noel broke the story in the Tribune that Anheuser-Busch bought Goose Island. Now he’s back with a fascinating history of the brewery and the craft beer revolution it helped foment. June 1, Chicago Review Press

'The Great Believers' by Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

In her powerful third novel, the Lake Bluff native and StoryStudio Chicago artistic director revisits Boystown during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, when tens of thousands died while Reagan looked the other way. June 19, Viking

'The Calculating Stars' by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal

The first novel in the Ukrainian Village resident’s new Lady Astronaut series imagines a very different space race, with women taking to the stars after a meteor destroys Washington, D.C., in 1952. July 3, Tor Books

'If You Leave Me' by Crystal Hana Kim

If You Leave Me

Crystal Hana Kim

Inspired by her grandmother’s past, the Hyde Park resident’s debut novel is a beautiful love story revolving around families forced to flee their homes during the Korean War. August 7, William Morrow

'Under a Dark Sky' by Lori Rader-Day

Under a Dark Sky

Lori Rader-Day

One of Chicago’s most prolific mystery writers is back with yet another thriller, in which a widow investigating her husband’s death gets caught up in a bizarre murder plot at a private resort. August 7, William Morrow

'Severance' by Ling Ma

Severance

Ling Ma

This quirky satire of office culture by a U. of C. lecturer imagines what would happen to a Chinese American workaholic if Manhattan were hit by a sudden apocalypse. August 14, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

'The Best of Royko' by Mike Royko

The Best of Royko

Mike Royko

When Rupert Murdoch bought the Sun-Times in 1983, Royko left for a new job across the street. This collection, edited by his son David, covers the legendary columnist’s lesser-known Tribune years. August 14, Agate Midway

'Scarface and the Untouchable' by Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz

Scarface and the Untouchable

Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz

We’ve all heard the story of Al Capone and Eliot Ness, but when you pair the writer of Road to Perdition with a Princeton historian, you get a gripping take on Chicago’s past that reads like a novel. August 14, William Morrow

'Small Animals' by Kim Brooks

Small Animals

Kim Brooks

The Edgewater resident’s new mix of memoir and reportage, arriving on the heels of a viral essay about being arrested for leaving her son in the car for five minutes, explores the escalating relationship between parenthood and fear in America. August 21, Flatiron Books

'If They Come for Us' by Fatimah Asghar

If They Come for Us

Fatimah Asghar

You might know Asghar as the writer and cocreator of Brown Girls, the Chicago-set web series that was nominated for an Emmy last year, but she’s also an accomplished poet, and her debut collection is a gorgeous, knife-sharp meditation on sex, race, and coming of age. August 7, One World

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