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New Must-Read Books For Summer Vibes

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Poetry with positive energy. Books with summer vibes.

No one knows your book preferences and lifestyle better than we do at little infinite. From poetry, to astrology, celebrity memoirs and more, there is no better guide for books with summer vibes than right here. Filled with strong feminists movements from Tiffany Haddish and Margot Robbie in memoirs and illustrative books. Enjoy electrifying new poetry collections from Ada Limón and more.

The weather is warm. And these books are hot off the press. Don’t wait until June or July. Get started this May with a new read. Your hub for the best new trending books and poetry. Built for your generational preferences. Made by your generation.These recommendations are “in sync” with your vibe. *It’s gonna be May* (Iykyk)

You better be as excited as we are!

Shakespeare’s Sisters: How Women Wrote the Renaissance

by Ramie Targoff

isbn: 9780525658030,template: list, title: Shakespeare's Sisters: How Women Wrote the Renaissance

This remarkable work about women writers in the English Renaissance explodes our notion of the Shakespearean period by drawing us into the lives of four women who were committed to their craft long before anyone ever imagined the possibility of “a room of one’s own.”

In an innovative and engaging narrative of everyday life in Shakespeare’s England, Ramie Targoff carries us from the sumptuous coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the mid-sixteenth century into the private lives of four women writers working at a time when women were legally the property of men. Some readers may have heard of Mary Sidney, accomplished poet and sister of the famous Sir Philip Sidney, but few will have heard of Aemilia Lanyer, the first woman in the seventeenth century to publish a book of original poetry, which offered a feminist take on the crucifixion, or Elizabeth Cary, who published the first original play by a woman, about the plight of the Jewish princess Mariam. Then there was Anne Clifford, a lifelong diarist who fought for decades against a patriarchy that tried to rob her of her land in one of England’s most infamous inheritance battles.

Barbie: The World Tour

by Margot Robbie – Andrew Mukamal – Craig McDean – Edward Enninful – Margaret Zhang – Greta Gerwig – Fabien Baron

isbn: 9780789345578,template: list, title: Barbie(tm): The World Tour

For the press tour following the record-breaking release of Greta Gerwig’s award-winning, acclaimed Barbie movie, producer and star Margot Robbie and her stylist Andrew Mukamal immersed themselves in some of Barbie’s most iconic outfits and curated vintage pieces, then approached designers, from Giorgio Armani to Donatella Versace, to create looks inspired by the doll-size originals. Many of these looks were not seen as the official Barbie press tour was cut short–so Margot and Andrew worked with renowned fashion photographer Craig McDean to shoot her in the looks exactly as they were curated: Schiaparelli in Los Angeles, Vivienne Westwood in London, vintage Chanel with matching Steamline luggage at the airport, and beyond.

No Judgment: Essays

by Lauren Oyler

isbn: 9780063235359,template: list, title: No Judgment: Essays

A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2024: Elle, The Millions, LitHub, Nylon, BookPage, PureWow, and more

From the national bestselling novelist and essayist, a groundbreaking collection of brand-new pieces about the role of cultural criticism in our ever-changing world.

In her writing for Harper’s, the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, Lauren Oyler has emerged as one of the most trenchant and influential critics of her generation, a talent whose judgments on works of literature–whether celebratory or scarily harsh–have become notorious. But what is the significance of being a critic and consumer of media in today’s fraught environment? How do we understand ourselves, and each other, as space between the individual and the world seems to get smaller and smaller, and our opinions on books and movies seem to represent something essential about our souls? And to put it bluntly, why should you care what she–or anyone–thinks?

Year of Last Things: Poems

by Michael Ondaatje

isbn: 9780593801567,template: list, title: Year of Last Things: Poems

From one of the most influential writers of his generation, a gorgeously surprising poetry collection about memory, history, and the act of looking back

Following several of his internationally acclaimed novels, A Year of Last Things is Michael Ondaatje’s long-awaited return to poetry. In pieces that are sometimes witty, sometimes moving, and always wise, we journey back through time by way of alchemical leaps, unearthing writings by revered masters, moments of shared tenderness, and the abandoned landscapes we hold on to to rediscover the influence of every border crossed.

Moving from a Sri Lankan boarding school to Molière’s chair during his last stage performance, to Bulgarian churches and their icons, to the California coast and his beloved Canadian rivers, Michael Ondaatje casts a brilliant eye that merges memory with the present, in the way memory as the distant shores of art and lost friends continue to influence everything that surrounds him.

Like Love: Essays and Conversations

by Maggie Nelson

isbn: 9781644452813,template: list, title: Like Love: Essays and Conversations

A career-spanning collection of inspiring, revelrous essays about art and artists

Like Love
is a momentous, raucous collection of essays drawn from twenty years of Maggie Nelson’s brilliant work. These profiles, reviews, remembrances, tributes, and critical essays, as well as several conversations with friends and idols, bring to life Nelson’s passion for dialogue and dissent. The range of subjects is wide–from Prince to Carolee Schneemann to Matthew Barney to Lhasa de Sela to Kara Walker–but certain themes recur: intergenerational exchange; love and friendship; feminist and queer issues, especially as they shift over time; subversion, transgression, and perversity; the roles of the critic and of language in relation to visual and performance arts; forces that feed or impede certain bodies and creators; and the fruits and follies of a life spent devoted to making.

We Loved It All: A Memory of Life

by Lydia Millet

isbn: 9781324073659,template: list, title: We Loved It All: A Memory of Life

Across more than a dozen acclaimed works of fiction, readers have become intimate with Lydia Millet’s distinctive voice and sly wit. We Loved It All, her first nonfiction book, combines the precision of fact with the power of narrative to evoke our enmeshment with the more-than-human world.

Emerging from Millet’s quarter century of wildlife and climate advocacy, We Loved it All marries scenes from her life with moments of nearness to “the others”– the animals and plants with whom we share the earth. Accounts of fears and failures, jobs and friendships, childhood and motherhood are interspersed with exquisite accounts of nonhumans and arresting meditations on the power of story to shape the future.

You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World

by Ada Limón

isbn: 9781571315687,template: list, title: You Are Here: Poetry in the Natural World

NATIONAL BESTSELLERPublished in association with the Library of Congress and edited by the twenty-fourth Poet Laureate of the United States, a singular collection of poems reflecting on our relationship to the natural world by fifty of our most celebrated contemporary writers.

For many years, “nature poetry” has evoked images of Romantic poets standing on mountain tops. But our poetic landscape has changed dramatically, and so has our planet. Edited and introduced by the twenty-fourth Poet Laureate of the United States, Ada Limón, this book challenges what we think we know about “nature poetry,” illuminating the myriad ways our landscapes–both literal and literary–are changing.

Instructions for Traveling West: Poems

by Joy Sullivan

isbn: 9780593597613,template: list, title: Instructions for Traveling West: Poems

NATIONAL BESTSELLER – A vivid and inspiring poetry collection about what’s possible when we heed our instincts and honor our intuition, allowing ourselves to strike out for new territories of love, pleasure, and peace.

First, you must realize you’re homesick for all the lives you’re not living. Then, you must commit to the road and the rising loneliness. To the sincere thrill of coming apart.

So begins Joy Sullivan’s Instructions for Traveling West–a lush debut collection that examines what happens when we leave home and leap into the deep unknown. Mid-pandemic, Sullivan left the man she planned to marry, sold her house, quit her corporate job, and drove west. This dazzling collection tells that story as it illuminates the questions haunting us all: What possible futures lie on the horizon? What happens when we heed the call of furious reinvention?

Rangikura: Poems

by Tayi Tibble

isbn: 9780593534625,template: list, title: Rangikura: Poems

A fiery second collection of poetry from the acclaimed Indigenous New Zealand writer that U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo calls, “One of the most startling and original poets of her generation.”

Tayi Tibble returns on the heels of her incendiary debut with a bold new follow-up. Barbed and erotic, vulnerable and searching, Rangikura asks readers to think about our relationship to desire and exploitation. Moving between hotel lobbies and all-night clubs, these poems chronicle life spent in spaces that are stalked by transaction and reward. ”I grew up tacky and hungry and dazzling,” Tibble writes. “Mum you should have tied me/to the ground./Instead I was given/to this city freely.”

Here is a poet staking out a sense of freedom on her own terms in times that very often feel like end times.

I Curse You with Joy

by Tiffany Haddish

isbn: 9781635769531,template: list, title: I Curse You with Joy

Tiffany Haddish is back with her highly anticipated new essay collection, I Curse You With Joy.

It’s been a minute. Readers last sat down with Tiffany in her bestselling debut The Last Black Unicorn. Since then, Haddish has catapulted to A-list fame as the breakout star of Girls Trip. She’s walked the Oscars red carpet, released a hit stand-up special with Netflix, and made history as the first Black female comedian to host Saturday Night Live and Shark Week.

But it hasn’t been all VIP parties and free diving with apex predators. In these humorous and heartfelt essays, Tiffany gets real about the highs and lows of life. Believe it or not, there was a time when Tiffany didn’t totally know who Tiffany was. Before she found her groove, she was on stage dressed like her snobby airline coworkers telling halfhearted dick jokes. She tanked…

Astronomy Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Observing and Understanding Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Universe

by Govert Schilling

isbn: 9780762486502,template: list, title: Astronomy Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Observing and Understanding Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Universe

This essential guide for every amateur astronomer explores the entire universe in one practical, easy-to-use, beginner-friendly handbook.​
The Astronomy Handbook, by award-winning astronomy writer Govert Schilling, is the indispensable, go-to guide to everything you ever wanted or need to know about space, including:

  • the stars and the constellations
  • planets
  • comets
  • eclipses
  • galaxies
  • black holes
  • exoplanets
  • and much more

It also offers an excellent education for every amateur astronomer, including detailed and practical information on how to:

  • locate and track the movements of the constellations throughout the year
  • view the planets and the cosmos
  • select the best equipment to use, including telescopes and cameras
  • photograph objects in space

I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: (But I’m Going to Anyway) 

by Chelsea Devantez

isbn: 9781335455079,template: list, title: I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: (But I'm Going to Anyway) (Original)

“It’s f*cking great!!! Raw, intimate, hilarious, actually inspiring.” -Jon StewartA PureWow Best Beach Read of Summer 2024

A dynamic memoir-in-essays by comedian, screenwriter, and podcaster Chelsea Devantez, detailing her tumultuous upbringing and uproarious career path into Hollywood.

There are things Chelsea Devantez probably shouldn’t be telling you. Many of them are in this book: some are embarrassing (like when she tried to break her three year spell of celibacy using a guide of seduction tips). Some are confessional (getting sentenced to the “hell hill” at Mormon church camp). Some are TMI (a series of outrageous doctor visits that ended with one doctor misdiagnosing her as “pregnant.” Woopsies!).

Proverbs of Limbo: Poems

by Robert Pinsky

isbn: 9780374611958,template: list, title: Proverbs of Limbo: Poems

A new book of poems by the three-time poet laureate Robert Pinsky, a writer “rarely equalled” (Louise Glück)

Robert Pinsky, one of our most ambitious, inventive, and finely tuned poets, takes an original approach to the fraught, central matter of borders in Proverbs of Limbo, his first new book of poetry in eight years.

In this collection, the poet mines and maps limbal regions: those spaces between differences that can be at once creative and oppressive, enlightening and dark, exciting and fatal. For Pinsky, they include the familiar borders between demographic categories, as well as limbal realities that are more personal–clashing ways of understanding, personal history and world history, health and illness, freedom and compulsion, intimacy and community, personality and culture–all the countless variations of in-between.

Make Your Own Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Empowering Witchcraft

by Amanda Lovelace

isbn: 9780762484140,template: list, title: Make Your Own Magic: A Beginner's Guide to Self-Empowering Witchcraft

From the bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one comes an accessible guide to welcoming magic into your life, perfect for beginner witches and the magic-curious alike.

As witchcraft grows ever more popular, there are countless introductions and paths into magical practice to choose from–so many that you might not know where to begin. When you’re just getting started, it’s easy to be intimidated or discouraged or to feel that there’s no place for you in the craft.

 

 

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