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5 new books to read in June

June 1, 2020, 11:30 AM UTC
05282020-June Books
“Act Like a Lady” (Rodale); “Putin’s People” (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux); “Our Time Is Now” (Henry Holt & Co.)
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A cursory look at Vladimir Putin’s rise to power, from a former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times; a comprehensive treatise on voter rights from one of the fastest rising stars in the Democratic Party; and a memoir from the only female chef in the United States to attain three Michelin stars.

Here are five new books being published this month to consider reading this summer.

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Sanjay Gupta

UPDATE: Originally scheduled to be released June 2, the publisher has notified Fortune that the book’s publication date has been pushed back to January 5, 2021.

With the world upside down indefinitely, it can be hard to stick to what used to be normal routines or even stay focused these days. Although researched and written well before the current global dilemma, Sanjay Gupta’s latest work strives to serve as a manual toward maintaining and improving cognitive health, from debunking common myths about aging to prescribing which social interactions and games are actually beneficial.

Courtesy of Rodale Books

Act Like a Lady: Questionable Advice, Ridiculous Opinions, and Humiliating Tales from Three Undignified Women by Becca Tobin, Keltie Knight, and Jac Vanek

Available June 2

A tongue-in-cheek “manifesto” of sorts for Generation Z and younger millennial women, the hosts of the popular podcast and E! show LadyGang reflect on lessons about careers, relationships, and body image through personal essays about their own experiences. With essay titles like “Maybe She’s Born with It, Maybe It’s Photoshop” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Thank Your Ex,” the authors warn nothing is TMI (too much information), so consider yourself warned.

Courtesy of Penguin Press

Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters by Dominique Crenn

Available June 9

With the success of her small but growing restaurant group in San Francisco, Dominique Crenn is one of the most lauded chefs in America. In 2018, she was awarded three Michelin Stars for her influential fine dining establishment Atelier Crenn, making her the first female chef in the United States to receive this honor. But Crenn overcame numerous obstacles to reach this pinnacle in her career, not least of which included surviving and overcoming the overwhelming misogyny in the culinary world. With her memoir, Crenn is using her prominence for good, speaking out about restaurant culture, sexism, immigration, and climate change.

Courtesy of Henry Holt & Company

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams

Available June 9

Now one of the Democratic Party’s fastest rising stars (and even rumored to be on the short list to be vice president on Biden’s ticket), Stacey Abrams arrived on the national stage when she ran for governor of Georgia in 2018. The fallout from that election was not straightforward, to say the least, and it has continued to fuel a national discussion about voter suppression, especially among communities of color. In her latest book, Abrams offers what she describes as a blueprint to end voter suppression through census engagement, robust voter protections, and an elevation of identity politics.

Courtesy of Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West by Catherine Belton

Available June 16

If you want to understand the extent of Vladimir Putin’s power, you need to now he got there. In Putin’s People, Catherine Belton, a former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, traces how Putin and a small group of KGB colleagues rose to power over the course of three decades, with a through-line from the fall of the Soviet Union to the Boris Yeltsin and rise of the oligarchs era in the 1990s to Putin’s election at the turn of the century. Over the last 20 years, Putin’s Russia has waged a campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions, from sponsorship of extremist politics and military operations in Europe and the Middle East to the undermining of and interference of democratic elections in the United States. With the next presidential election only a few months away, Belton’s account is a chilling reminder of the unrelenting threat and what is at stake, not only for Russia or the U.S., but the entire global population.