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5 new books to read in June

June 1, 2022, 11:00 AM UTC

An insider account from working in one of the world’s top private equity firms; a debut novel seeking to reclaim the narrative around Muslim women in literature and pop culture; and a cultural history that will make you rethink your next beach resort vacation.

Here is a selection of new books being published this month.

‘These Impossible Things’ by Salma El-Wardany
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These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany

Available June 7

In this debut novel, BBC presenter and poet Salma El-Wardany explores the intersectionality of romance, sexuality, female friendships, and the Muslim faith of the three main characters in this novel and how they can reconcile cultural expectations with their own desires.

‘GAME: An Autobiography’ by Grant Hill
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Game: An Autobiography by Grant Hill

Available June 7

Touted to be a “full, frank story,” NBA great Grant Hill traces the peaks to the pinnacle of his career, from his launch at Duke University to a $45 million rookie contract. But with the giant highs came some traumatizing lows, as Hill is candid about the isolation incurred by his growing fame, a mysterious injury that sidelined him, and his wife’s health struggles.

‘Two and Twenty: How the Masters of Private Equity Always Win’ by Sachin Khajuria
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Two and Twenty: How the Masters of Private Equity Always Win by Sachin Khajuria

Available June 14

Ideal for anyone who likes to read about investment magnates, this is a true insider’s account of the industry, coming from a former partner at one of the world’s largest private equity firms. The book’s title illuminates the fundamental formula that makes the private equity titans tremendously wealthy: 2% in annual fees, 20% of the profits, resulting in some of the most lucrative (and shocking) deals in finance.

‘The Sky Is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words’ by Virginia Trimble and David A. Weintraub
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The Sky Is for Everyone: Women Astronomers in Their Own Words edited by Virginia Trimble and David Weintraub

Available June 21

Edited by astronomer Virginia Trimble (one of the first women to earn a doctorate in astrophysics from CalTech) and Life on Mars author David Weintraub, this collection of personal essays by women astronomers around the world sheds new light on their experiences navigating and revolutionizing a historically male-dominated field. Contributors include Priyamvada Natarajan, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Dara J. Norman, Hiranya Peiris, Shazrene Mohamed, Sara Seager, and more.

‘The Last Resort: A Chronicle of Paradise, Profit, and Peril at the Beach’ by Sarah Stodola
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The Last Resort: A Chronicle of Paradise, Profit, and Peril at the Beach by Sarah Stodola

Available June 28

Yes, summer is often synonymous with beach reads. But there’s a lot more to reading by the beach or the pool than you realize, as revealed in this history and exploration of beach resort culture—all the more critical as the travel industry is grappling with how to not only recover and thrive post-pandemic, but to also curtail its worst offenses as we approach a climate reckoning.

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