Amazon's Best Books of June: Today's Releases

Erin Kodicek on June 05, 2017

RoyToday's releases include a little something for everyone: literary fiction reminiscent of A.S. Byatt, an Agatha Christie-esque mystery, a cautionary tale for our country, and a gut-wrenching memoir. But we will begin with our Spotlight Pick for June, the first novel in twenty years from the bestselling author of The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy. Senior Editor Seira Wilson says that The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is "an intricate and graceful story of lives touched by magic, broken by tragedy, and mended with love."

Learn more about today's best books of the month releases below, or browse all of our favorites for June here.

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The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
A home renovation inadvertently unearths some mysterious documents from the 17th century, the provenance of which connects two fascinating women who, despite the years that separate them, have an extraordinary amount in common. If you’re a fan of A.S. Byatt, The Weight of Ink is for you.

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Fans of Agatha Christie will delight in Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders, a mystery within a mystery where the reader serves double duty as sleuth. In it, the editor of a successful crime novelist fears that his latest fiction hints at dark deeds that are all too real.

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The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce
The Retreat of Western Liberalism is columnist Edward Luce’s cautionary tale to the West. He warns that our democracy is more fragile than it may seem; if we’re not willing to take a hard look at what threatens it, our political liberties may be in peril.

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The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs
In the tradition of Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air, this memoir, penned by the great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, is about how this wife and mother of two copes with her terminal cancer diagnosis. Not a likely candidate for your beach bag, but its poignant, wise, and surprisingly light moments will keep you turning the pages, and counting your blessings.


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