arts 06.6.16

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We're big fans of Ben Winters' Last Policeman trilogy, so we're looking forward to Underground Airlines, a horrifying alternate-reality novel, out July 5, in which the Civil War didn't happen and slavery still exists in four states.

Kings and wars are one way to understand history. Trying to imagine and understand what daily life was like in any given era is another—and one we always find fascinating. Evidently, Greg Jenner does, too: the British historian's book A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age hits shelves/devices on June 21.

Emma Cline's The Girls has gotten a lot of buzz for a first novel. It's about a Manson-like cult and the young women in it.

If we imagined Anne Tyler reimagining a work by Shakespeare, it would have been As You Like It and we'd love to know how a Tyler-made Jaques fared in Baltimore. Almost as good: Vinegar Girl, part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, in which the wonderful author embraces The Taming of the Shrew.

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery (available July 5) is about the surveillance of an NYU professor and what happens when his privacy is no longer under his control.

In Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education, Mychal Denzel Smith takes Ralph Ellison as a starting point to tell his coming-of-age story as a young, black man in the here and now.

Siddhartha Mukherjee, whose book about The Emperor of All Maladies made that most terrifying of subjects—cancer—an utterly fascinating read, has written The Gene, about genetic history and what it means to be human.

A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches is a funny and engaging cookbook with essays by Tyler Kord of No. 7 Sub about, yes, sandwiches, and the worlds contained therein. Artwork by William Wegman!

Everyone Behaves Badly by Leslie M.M. Blume recounts the summer of 1925 in Pamplona, where Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises.

Dark Matter is a science-fiction thriller by Blake Crouch, author of the Wayward Pines trilogy. Pub date is July 26.

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