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Maybe it’s the long days or the frequent beach trips or the weather that discourages any more movement than absolutely necessary, but we get some of our best reading done in the summer. And this year we’re all about these NYC-set books, from food histories to financial thrillers.

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the leavers lisa ko
Cover: Algonquin Books; Background: Twenty20

’THE LEAVERS’ BY LISA KO

Ko’s affecting debut novel tells the story of an 11-year-old boy and his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, living in the Bronx—until the day she leaves for work and never comes home. What follows is a powerful, timely story of identity, belonging and social justice.

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touch courtney maum
Cover: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Background: Twenty20

’TOUCH’ BY COURTNEY MAUM

If, like us, your dependence on technology is starting to scare you, pick up Maum’s latest tome, stat: It’s all about a top trend forecaster (who predicted the rise of “the swipe”) and her increasing disillusionment with a world in which we spend more time with screens than people.

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arbitrary stupid goal tamara shopsin
Cover: MCD; Background: Twenty20

’ARBITRARY STUPID GOAL’ BY Tamara Shopsin

In a new memoir (out July 18), illustrator, designer, author and cook Shopsin, looks back on growing up in 1980s Greenwich Village and, more specifically, her family’s legendary restaurant. (Yes, her dad is that Kenny Shopsin.) It’s a nostalgic ode to the Manhattan of another time, in all its imperfections.

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black edge sheelah kolhatkar
Cover: Ransom House; Background: Twenty20

’BLACK EDGE’ BY Sheelah Kolhatkar

One part true-crime thriller, one part finance lesson, this nonfiction book delves into the rise of Wall Street billionaire Steve Cohen and the massive government investigation that targeted him. Trust us: It’s as gripping as the most page-turning fiction.

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food and the city ina yalof
Cover: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Background: Twenty20

’FOOD AND THE CITY’ BY Ina Yalof

There are few things we love more than NYC’s rich and diverse culinary landscape, and this collection spotlights the passionate folks who make it happen, from chefs to street vendors to old-school shop owners. And if you’ve ever wondered what led Dominique Ansel to create the Cronut, now’s your chance to find out.

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startup doree shafrir
Cover: Little, Brown and Company; Background: Twenty20

’STARTUP’ BY DOREE SHAFRIR

Yep, this story’s set in NYC, not Silicon Valley, and it’s a sharply funny look at the idiosyncrasies of the city’s start-up scene. Notably, Shafrir doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to tech-bro culture—and the fallout that the women in the industry face.

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