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Margaret Mead, summer reading list? Sounds like the books you were forced to read before school started in the fall. No worries, Lily King's novel Euphoria, based loosely on Mead's life, is a pleasure.

Her work in the 1930s gives the book its power; the combustible relationships among the anthropologists and the tribe they are studying give the book lasting emotional weight.

If you're of the lawerly persuasion, The Mother Court: Tales of Cases that Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court by James D. Zirin can only be about the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. For civilians, the Southern District Court probably elicits a huh? Zirin makes the case, though, with well-told tales of important trials past and their colorful characters, that the Foley Square court is an ideal (and entertaining) way of understanding our legal system and how it got that way.

As in Jincy Willett's novel Winner of the National Book Award, Edward St. Aubyn takes on the world of literary prizes and it's Aubyn 1, literary prizes 0 in the mordantly funny Lost for Words. St. Aubyn is best known for his Patrick Melrose novels.

New Yorker writer Evan Osnos was the magazine's China correspondent from 2009-2013 and in Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, he brings to life through vivid profiles, the complex and confounding changes in that country in the past few decades. Osnos' insight and leavening dose of humor illuminates his sprawling and fascinating subject.

Authority is the second in Jeff VanderMeer's science fiction series Southern Reach Trilogy.

The second book maintains the dread that pervaded Annihilation, as expeditions are sent to Area X, a cross between the middle of nowhere and the heart of darkness.

Even if you don't love the anguished urban world of Western Australia that Tim Winton depicts in Eyrie, the celebrated novelist's way with words is never less than memorable.

Emily Gould's debut novel Friendship follows two 30-something women, longtime friends, who find the road to true friendship never did run smooth.

The estimable Dave Eggers has a new book out this month—Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? (the title is from the Book of Zechariah)—a dialogue of sorts between an astronaut and the man who has kidnapped him to a remote, decommissioned army base in California.

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