Great Reads | June 2024 Starred Reviews

The top reads from our June issue, ranging across mystery, suspense, romance, fiction, horror, science fiction, fantasy, arts, science, and more.









Barton, Fiona. Talking to Strangers. Berkley.

Hunter, Cara. Hope To Die. Morrow.

Mizushima, Margaret. Gathering Mist. Crooked Lane. 

Wood, Katherine. Ladykiller. Bantam.


Carpenter, Shawn. The Price of Redemption. Saga/S. & S. 

Corey, James S.A. The Mercy of Gods. Orbit. 

Harkness, Deborah. The Black Bird Oracle. Ballantine. 

Harris, Joanne. The Moonlight Market. Pegasus. 

Hur, Anton. Toward Eternity. HarperVia. 

Peynado, Brenda. Time’s Agent. 

Revis, Beth. Full Speed to a Crash Landing. DAW. 

Shaffer, Meg. The Lost Story. Ballantine. 


Hughes, Emily C. Horror for Weenies: Everything You Need To Know About the Films You’re Too Scared To Watch. Quirk. 

Pedersen, Kailee. Sacrificial Animals. St. Martin’s. 

Trías, Fernanda. Pink Slime. Scribner. 


Borison, B.K. Business Casual. Berkley. 

Burke, Andie. Fall for Him. St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Harrow, Jamie. One on One. Dutton.

Nava, Danica. The Truth According to Ember. Berkley.  

Tschida, Sam. Errands & Espionage. Forever: Grand Central.  

Wilkens, Colby. If I Stopped Haunting You. St. Martin’s Griffin.


Barry, Kevin. The Heart in Winter. Doubleday. 

Brodesser-Akner, Taffy. Long Island Compromise. Random.

Pitts Jr., Leonard. 54 Miles. Agate.

Platzová, Magdaléna. Life After Kafka. Bellevue Literary. 

Zaher, Yasmin. The Coin. Catapult. 


Burns, Charles. Final Cut. Pantheon. 


Bar-Nadav, Hadara. The Animal Is Chemical. Four Way. 

Butler, Dean. Prairie Man: My Little House Life & Beyond. Citadel. 

Carson, Anne. Wrong Norma. New Directions. 

Charney, Noah & James Charney. The 12-Hour Film Expert: Everything You Need To Know About Movies. Rowman & Littlefield. 

John, Elton. Farewell Yellow Brick Road: Memories of My Life on Tour. Hyperion Avenue. 

Leonard, Rodney Terich. Another Land of My Body. Four Way. 

Notley, Alice. Being Reflected Upon. Penguin Poets.

Nussbaum, Emily. Cue the Sun!: The Invention of Reality TV. Random. 

Seuss, Diane. Modern Poetry: Poems. Graywolf. 


Mithen, Steven. The Language Puzzle: Piecing Together the Six-Million-Year Story of How Words Evolved. Basic. 

Murphy, Wendy J. Oh No He Didn’t!: Brilliant Women and the Men Who Took Credit for Their Work. Cynren. 

Somerstein, Rachel. Invisible Labor: The Untold Story of the Cesarean Section. Ecco: HarperCollins. 


Byrn, Anne (text) & Rinne Allen (photos). Baking in the American South: 200 Recipes and Their Untold Stories (A Definitive Guide to Southern Baking). Harper Celebrate. 

Chambers, Caroline. What To Cook When You Don’t Feel like Cooking. Union Square & Co. 

Graham, Jasmin. Sharks Don’t Sink: Adventures of a Rogue Shark Scientist. Pantheon. 

Hunter, Linda Jo. Lonesome for Wilderness: Tracking and Trailing in Forest, Desert, or Your Own Back Yard. Jolibro. 

Sando, Steve. The Bean Book: 100 Recipes for Cooking with All Kinds of Beans, from the Rancho Gordo Kitchen. Ten Speed. 

Shah, Khushbu. Amrikan: 125 Recipes from the Indian American DiasporaNorton.


Garner, Brian A. & Jack Lynch. Hardly Harmless Drudgery: A 500-Year Pictorial History of the Lexicographic Geniuses, Sciolists, Plagiarists, and Obsessives Who Defined the English Language. Godine. 

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