Ah, summer — that blissful season when life is cool and carefree. (Just kidding — you’re trapped in an office while it’s gorgeous out, your hair can’t handle the humidity, and your vacation days are dwindling.) But! The spate of new releases at your local bookstore is finally more compelling than your out-of-date Netflix queue.
We’ve rounded up a selection of reading material by turns easy, breezy, and above all, brilliant — plus its perfect cocktail complement. Enjoy.
Read This: Sex Object: A Memoir
Broaching topics as diverse as sexism, motherhood, and, ultimately, the author’s agency over her own body, Jessica Valenti’s Sex Object is one beach read that you’ll want to keep by your bedside year-round.
Drink That: Martini
Valenti’s funny, poignant memoir is easily devoured in an afternoon, despite its heavy subject matter — much like a martini or two. (Or three.)
Do you take your martini up or on the rocks?