CLOSE
MENUCLOSE

The 11 Best Books To Read This June

Culture

Read me!

Yes, finally: It's June. This means it's summer. This means it's Gemini season. And Geminis, as we all know, are super verbally adept and intellectual (well, with one notable exception), so that means they're big readers. (We repeat, with one notable exception.) So it's in honor of the Gemini that we recommend 11 incredible books to read this month. Many of them were on our big summer book preview, but a couple are new selections. You know the drill: Read one, read them all. Just read something other than the news this month, because the news... is really depressing.

Photo via St. Martin's Press

The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro (available June 6)
Julia Fierro’s eagerly awaited sophomore novel follows a prodigal-son-returns story line—that is, if the son were a white, wealthy, liberally progressive daughter who brings her African-American husband and their two kids to live in the all-white community of her youth on the fictional island of Avalon, New York, where livelihoods depend on a decaying war plane factory. The plot’s tension arises through interweaving layers of class, race, nationalism, and sexism, all set against a plague of multiplying gypsy moths in the summer of ’92. Fierro’s storytelling masterfully unravels the complexities of generational gaps by presenting perspectives from an array of characters, ranging from sex-, alcohol-, and drug-fueled teenagers to a middle-aged husband with a lonely home life to an affluent matriarch on the tail end of her ostensibly perfect existence. The text references an equally diverse list of sources that includes William Shakespeare, James Baldwin, and Oprah. And while this novel's stereotyping and surface-level racial enlightenment can be off-putting, it’s a gripping narrative that touches on important issues, chief among them domestic violence and the quiet strength and calculated vengefulness that rains down when a woman’s body is attacked. —Irina Grechko

This review appears in NYLON's June/July 2017 issue

Photo by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images.

It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

True

FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB

Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.

True