5 Must-Read Books Out in June

5 Must-Read Books Out this Month



Clear some space on your bookshelf—here are our must-read picks of the month!

We asked Changing Hands co-founder Gayle Shanks and our buyers Miranda, Natalie, Cortney, and Allie to share the books they're most excited about this June.

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Soldier Sailor: A Novel By Claire Kilroy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668051801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2024

"My son is now 41, but Claire Kilroy's book sucked me into a time-travel vacuum and brought me back to his childhood and my endless daily traumas trying to be a mother, a bookseller, a wife, and have a few minutes each day to make plans for how to navigate the untenable, unrelenting demands of caring for an infant, a toddler, and a marriage. She is a brilliant writer and had me weeping by page ten, cursing the world that doesn't prepare us for 16-hour days with no breaks, and realizing that childhood never really ends—because strong bonds and obligations incurred in childhood follow us throughout our lives as women. This book is such a powerful description of what it takes to be a mother. Anyone on the fence about being a mother should read Soldier Sailor so that you walk into motherhood aware of how your life will change—forever."

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The God and the Gumiho (Fate's Thread #1) By Sophie Kim Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593599662
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - June 4th, 2024

"Kim Hani used to be the Scarlet Fox, a vicious gumiho that killed thousands; now she’s a barista. Seokga the Fallen, trickster god thrown out of heaven for a failed coup, now fights to eliminate enough demons to be granted his godhood back. When Seokga’s emperor brother decrees that he kill both a world-ending demon and the notorious Scarlet Fox, Hani inserts herself into the investigation to keep Seokga off her trail. This book made my little Kdrama-loving heart so happy, and I couldn’t stop turning pages as the enemies-turned-reluctant-partners grow closer while the body count in the city starts to climb. For fans of Kdramas, lush contemporary fantasy, and grumpy/sunshine romance."

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Children of Anguish and Anarchy (Legacy of Orisha #3) By Tomi Adeyemi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250171016
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 25th, 2024

"'I am the god that has been reborn.' In a propulsive conclusion to the Legacy of Orisha series, Tomi Adeyemi wrenches the hearts out of her characters... and her readers. This conclusion is years in the making, and in that time we have watched Zelie rise and fall.. and fall.. rise, and fall again. I am attached to her journey in a visceral way and in the final chapters, I was emotionally derailed, as we find out the fate of Zelie and Orisha itself."

The Deep Dark: A Graphic Novel By Molly Knox Ostertag Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338840001
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Published: Graphix - June 4th, 2024

"This is a beautiful and complex story about grief and the ways we depend and are depended on in family relationships. The depth of the characters made this story all the more affecting and devastating. Molly Knox Ostertag doesn't shy away from hard feelings and truths, shining a light on the importance of connection and mental health care with a magic and mystery that had me racing through the pages. We all carry some form of darkness within us and it's how we care for and handle it that determines how we allow ourselves to see and interact with the world around us."

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Fire Exit: A Novel By Morgan Talty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781959030553
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Published: Tin House Books - June 4th, 2024

"If you liked Night of the Living Rez, you have to read Talty’s debut novel Fire Exit. The story follows Charles, a recovering alcoholic trying to make amends with those from his past. He lives on the river across from Maine’s Penobscot Reservation and his daughter Elizabeth; but she doesn’t know this. When Elizabeth mysteriously disappears, Charles begins sinking deep into his memories and the hauntings of his past–questioning if he should reveal the secret he’s kept for so long about Elizabeth and the trajectory of his life if he had revealed it sooner. What do we owe to others? What does inheritance mean in this modern America that respects certain cultures and traditions over others? Talty grapples with these questions in such a profound and unprecedented way in this book. It’s incredible."