10 Must-Read New Books To Get Stuck Into This Month | sheerluxe.com
As summer approaches, we’ve already started thinking about which page-turners we’ll be saving for all those lazy poolside days. But this month’s new must-reads also contain a number of paperbacks aimed at working women – perfect for your commute. Read on for our edit of May’s best books…
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Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk

The author of Fight Club takes America beyond your darkest dreams in this timely satire. In his new novel, Palahniuk fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche. Within, smug politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors advocate theories that offer students only the bleakest future.

The Lido by Libby Page

The novel everyone’s talking about, The Lido centres on Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26, who come together to save their local outdoor swimming pool. Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but now everything she knows is changing: the library where she used to work has closed, the fruit and veg shop has become a bar, and her husband has died. Kate has just moved and feels alone in the city. At the bottom rung of her career as a journalist on a local paper, when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine.

House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row by Lance Richardson

House of Nutter tells the true story of Tommy and David Nutter, two gay brothers who influenced some of the most iconic styles and pop images of the 20th century. Drawing on interviews with more than 70 people – and taking advantage of access to never-before-seen pictures, letters, sketches, and diaries – Richardson presents a portrait of two men improvising their way through 50 years of extraordinary events; their personal struggles played out against vivid backdrops of the Blitz, the birth of disco and the AIDS crisis.

Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers is the newest children’s book by the bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson. Illustrated by Nick Sharratt, this story of friendship against the odds is set in the Victorian world of Wilson’s much-loved character Hetty Feather. Rose is the daughter of a wealthy artist and lives a life of luxury in a beautiful home with her siblings. But despite her comfortable life, something is missing – could a new friend be just what she’s looking for?

Chasing Hillary by Amy Chozick

For a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton’s pursuit of the presidency. Chozick’s front-row seat, initially covering Clinton’s imploding 2008 campaign, before being assigned to ‘The Hillary Beat’ ahead of the 2016 election, took her to 48 states and saw the formative years of her twenties and thirties become intrinsically intertwined – both personally and professionally – to Clinton’s presidential ambitions.

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Modern, disturbing and darkly comic, The Pisces centres on Lucy, a heartbroken PhD student who falls in love with a merman following a devastating breakup and a luckless dabble with dating sites. Yes, you could draw comparisons to this year’s Oscar-winner The Shape of Water, but Melissa Broder’s novel is way more erotic, as her obsession pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and the meaning of life. Deep.

Ask a Manager by Alison Green

The tagline for this book says it all: ‘How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses and Other Tricky Situations at Work’. A witty, practical guide to 200 difficult professional conversations, this book brings together all-new guidance from The Cut’s work-advice correspondent Alison Green.  Ten years as a columnist has taught her that people avoid awkward conversations in the office because they simply don’t know what to say. Thankfully, Green does, and in this incredibly helpful book, she tackles the tough discussions you may need to have during your career.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, the Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living, and her seven-year-old son, Jackson. Romy sees the future stretched out before her – until news from outside brings a ferocious urgency to her existence, challenging her to escape her destiny.

The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon

In the Multi-Hyphen Method, award-winning blogger/social media editor/podcast creator Emma Gannon explains that it doesn't matter if you're a part-time PA with a blog, or a nurse who runs an online store in the evenings – whatever your ‘ratio’, everyone can channel their own entrepreneurial spirit to live more fulfilled lives. Here, Gannon demonstrates the skills necessary to work less and create more, and provides a source of inspiration for anyone who wants to make work work for them.

The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy

We’re big fans of Hot Milk and Swimming Home, Deborah Levy’s Man Booker prize-nominated novels, and this second instalment in her 'living autobiography' series on writing and womanhood is just as revealing. Following the acclaimed Things I Don't Want to Know, here Deborah Levy returns to the subject of her life in letters, revealing a writer in flux, considering what it means to live with value and meaning and pleasure.

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