Temps are rising, so grab an erotic novel or behind-the-scenes peek at the history of burlesque while you’re soaking in the rays at a beach, pool, or park to really heat things up. Check out our top picks for new summer reads:
1. Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America
Leslie Zemeckis, who directed the documentary Behind the Burly Q, takes us back to the beginning of American burlesque with Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America. Take a “peek behind the curtain at the burly show” with loads of backstage photos and intimate interviews with former performers. Out June 1.
2. Secrets of a Webcam Girl
In her memoir Secrets of a Webcam Girl, Annabelle T. Baxter tells her story of how she got into sex work to pay the bills. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at the provacative trade as well as sharing her own tales of having a secret profession. Out June 1.
3. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls
Set in the Depression-era South, Anton DiSclafani’s coming-of-age novel The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls follows a teen girl with a mysterious past involving a family tragedy as she’s sent away to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. Out June 4.
4. Dear Girls Above Me
Charlie McDowell turned his popular tweets about his ditzy neighbors into the book Dear Girls Above Me. The book shares the lessons he learned listening to the loud conversations of the 20-something female roommates who live above him. Out June 4.
5. The Totally Sweet ’90s
Take a trip down memory lane with The Totally Sweet ’90s: From Clear Cola to Furby and Grunge to “Whatever,” the Toys, Tastes, and Trends That Defined a Decade by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont. It’s full of fun trivia and facts about all the games, toys, and pop culture that made the 1990s awesome. Out June 4.
6. Entwined With You
Sylvia Day’s Entwined With You is the third novel in the Crossfire trilogy, a steamy romance series perfect for any Fifty Shades of Grey fans. The story finds Eva and Gideon facing the dark secrets from their past and the dangerous consequences of their passion. Out June 4.
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