Best Books of June | Starred Reviews

Starred titles reviewed in our June 2023 print issue, spanning mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, romance, graphic novels, and more.








Ware, Ruth. Zero Days. Gallery. 

Wilding, Rose. Speak of the Devil. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. 


Malan, Violette. The Court War. DAW. 

Soria, D.L. Thief Liar Lady. Del Rey: Ballantine. 

Valdes, Valerie. Where Peace Is Lost. Harper Voyager. 


Due, Tananarive. The Reformatory. Gallery/Saga. 

Tingle, Chuck. Camp Damascus. Tor Nightfire. 

Tremblay, Paul. The Beast You Are: Stories. Morrow. 


Desai, Sara. To Have and To Heist. Berkley. 

Kae, Courtney. In the Case of Heartbreak. Kensington. 

Levine, Jenna. My Roommate Is a Vampire. Berkley. 

Long, Julie Anne. How To Tame a Wild Rogue. Avon. 

Lyon, J. Vanessa. Lush Lives. Roxane Gay: Grove Atlantic. 

Moher, Laura. Curves for Days. Sourcebooks Casablanca. 


Chast, Roz. I Must Be Dreaming. Bloomsbury. 

de Campi, Alex (text) & Erica Henderson (illus.). Parasocial. Image Comics. 

Scioli, Tom. I Am Stan: A Graphic Biography of the Legendary Stan Lee. Ten Speed: Crown. 

Tamaki, Jillian & Mariko Tamaki. Roaming. Drawn & Quarterly. 


Dent, Lizzy. The Sweetest Revenge. Putnam. 

Shin, Kyung-Sook. I Went To See My Father. Astra House. 

Smith, Zadie. The Fraud. Penguin Pr. 

Wiggs, Susan. Welcome to Beach Town. Morrow. 

Williams, Beatriz. The Beach at Summerly. Morrow. 


Brown, Tim. The Tao of the Backup Catcher: Playing Baseball for the Love of the Game. Twelve: Grand Central. 

Byrne, Christopher. A Man of Much Importance: The Art and Life of Terrence McNally. Applause Bks. 

Giacomazzo, Bernadette. The Golden Girls: A Cultural History. Rowman & Littlefield. 

McCartney, Paul. 1964: Eyes of the Storm. Liveright: Norton. 

Murphy-Gill, Meghan. The Sacred Life of Bread: Uncovering the Mystery of an Ordinary Loaf. Broadleaf. 

Vermeer. Thames & Hudson. 


Leach, Samantha. The Elissas: Three Girls, One Fate, and the Deadly Secrets of Suburbia. Legacy Lit. 

Linton, David E. Crushed: How Student Debt Has Impaired a Generation and What To Do About It. J. Ross. 

Neiwert, David. The Age of Insurrection: The Radical Right’s Assault on American Democracy. Melville House. 

Nguyen, Beth. Owner of a Lonely Heart: A Memoir. Scribner. 

Nuwer, Rachel. I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World. Bloomsbury. 


Cohen, Benyamin. The Einstein Effect: How the World’s Favorite Genius Got into Our Cars, Our Bathrooms, and Our Minds. Sourcebooks.

Gleick, Peter. The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future. PublicAffairs: Perseus. 

Setareh, Saghar. Pomegranates and Artichokes: A Food Journey from Iran to Italy. Interlink. 

Skomal, Greg & Ret Talbot. Chasing Shadows: My Life Tracking the Great White Shark. Morrow. 


Critical Insights: A Raisin in the Sun. Salem Pr. 

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