It has been anything but cool in the City by the Bay this week, which has all of us at Previously Owned by a Gay Man straight into Summer mode thinking about beaches and travel and Summer reads. Whether your Summer plans involve an exotic destination or time at your neighborhood pool, in our minds. It has been anything but cool in the City by the Bay this week, which has all of us at Previously Owned by a Gay Man straight into Summer mode thinking about beaches and travel and Summer reads. Whether your Summer plans involve an exotic destination or time at your neighborhood pool, in our minds nothing says escape quite like a good book.
We canvassed our team as well as a few voracious readers who are near and dear to us. There were definitely a few favorites, but we think this collection has a little bit of something for (most) everyone!
The Wanderers by Meg Howey
A brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them—and their families—changed forever.
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
The final installment in the epic Natchez Burning trilogy: extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful
Christodora by Tim Murphy
In this epic, ambitious, and deeply poignant novel, Tim Murphy follows a diverse group of people whose fates intertwine in an iconic building in Manhattan’s East Village, the Christodora. Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and the activism of the 1980s to a future New York City of the 2020s where subzero winters are a thing of the past, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, portrays the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life a bohemian Lower Manhattan of artists and idealists.
The Force by Don Winslow
The acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cartel—voted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York Times—makes his William Morrow debut with a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as Mystic River and The Wire.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti
A coming-of-age novel and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most. A spectacular Father Daughter road trip.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
Those Guys Have all the Fun by James Andrew Miller
In their own words, the men and women who made ESPN great reveal the secrets behind its success, as well as the many scandals, rivalries, off-screen battles and triumphs that have accompanied that ascent. From the unknown producers and business visionaries to the most famous faces on television, it’s all here.
Jefferson by John Boles
As Alexander Hamilton’s star has risen, Thomas Jefferson’s has fallen, largely owing to their divergent views on race. Once seen as the most influential American champion of liberty and democracy, Jefferson is now remembered for his relationship with his slave Sally Hemmings, and for electing not to free her or most of the other people he owned. In this magisterial biography, the eminent scholar John B. Boles does not ignore the aspects of Jefferson that trouble us today, but strives to see him in full, and to understand him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times.
Red Notice by Bill Browder
Red Notice does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
From the author of the The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college— and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in.
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
An uproarious new novel of a family driven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
A young British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee.
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
Blogger and comedian Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. She’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths. No matter your pleasure, we think these will provide just the place to curl up in and escape:
And if books are feeling a bit too subdued, get out, be heard and celebrate Pride this weekend!