This week former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and possible v-p selectee Stacey Abrams bows with an inspiring book about correcting our broken voting system. Hector Tobar takes road-triping with a little-known 20th century adventurer. We also have romantic reads and tear-jerkers.
Our Time Is Now

Stacey Abrams (Henry Holt)

Bestselling author, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, and possible running mate for Joe Biden, Abrams, with her latest, has been making all sorts of must-read lists, including the New York Times' 13 Books to Watch for in June and Fortune's 5 New Books to Read in June. We said the book, which tracks voter suppression in the U.S., presents an "argument that any progressive legislative agenda must begin with voting reform." We added that "liberals will be inspired."

The Last Great Road Bum

Héctor Tobar (MCD)

One of the Chicago Tribune's 10 Books to Wait Out Covid-19, this nonfiction account about a 20th century adventurer and would-be writer named Joe Sanderson earned a star from us. We recently spoke to Tobar about why he opted to write about a man he called an "American Che Guevera," in a book in which we said he "brilliantly succeeds in capturing [his subject's] guileless yearning for adventure through high-velocity prose that is both relentless and wry."

Pizza Girl

Jean Kyoung Frazier (Doubleday)

In this debut about a pregnant, teenage pizza delivery girl, the unnamed narrator dreams of a new life, away from her suburban L.A. existence. On Marie Claire's list of 13 Best New Books to Read this Summer and Vogue's 7 New Books to Read While You’re Stuck at Home this June, we called this hotly anticipated novel an "infectious evocation of a young woman’s slackerdom."

Night. Sleep. Death. the Stars.

Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)

Oates's latest, about a Hudson Valley family that loses its patriarch, is, we said, a "quintessential examination of grief." Also one of Newsweek's 20 Must-Read Fiction and Nonfiction Books of the Summer, the book, we added, is an entry in the prolific author's extensive ouevre—she's written over 50 novels—that is "significant and admirable."

The Marriage Game

Sara Desai (Berkley)

One of O, the Oprah Magazine's 30 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020, Desai's romance is, we said, "a playful take on enemies-to-lovers and arranged marriage tropes." About two Desi-Americans who, after initially clashing, fall for each other, we starred the novel and championed it as a "delightful debut."

The Sight of You

Holly Miller (

Miller's tearjerker debut novel about a man who becomes romantically entangled with his barista-turned-neighbor earned a star from us, as well as high praise. We called the romantic tale a "beautifully rendered work" that's "both heartbreaking and life-affirming." But, we warned, have the box of tissues close by.

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