As things heat up, your schedule cools down a bit, especially with this year’s leisure travel and time at the beach. To really tune out, yet keep the brain waves flowing, we recommend these seven new reads we can’t put down….

God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright (Knopf) – Fellow Texan and Pulitzer Prize–winner Wright brings a history of the entire state of Texas to the very forefront of culture.

Double Vision by William Middleton (Knopf Doubleday) Houston philanthropist and epic art collectors Dominique and John de Menil are showcased in this no-holds-barred tome on the power couple that also chronicles the rise of Houston.

Less by Andrew Sean Greer (Little, Brown & Co, Released) – This novel just won a Pulitzer Prize. It’s a satire of an American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost that sometimes happens in life.

Fab 4 Mania by Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics, Jun.) – The acclaimed creator of The Soldier’s Heart trilogy recreates the excitement of Beatlemania in 1965. The personal obsession with the Beatles, and the odyssey that leads to the famous Beatles concert in Chicago that year.

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (Little, Brown & Knopf, June) – Former president Clinton, along with bestseller mystery author Patterson, brings his insidery White House life to a thriller about a U.S. president who, well, vanishes

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (Harper, June) – Brit author Horowitz reinvents the classic crime novel, depicting a fictional version of himself as the Dr. Watson to a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey (Flatiron, May) – The former FBI director shares for the first time the details of his career in government during the past two decades. To call it revealing is an understatement.


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