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 The spate of new releases at your local bookstore is finally more compelling than your out-of-date Netflix queue.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: Ways To Disappear
Poet Idra Novey's debut novel focuses on the disappearance of a Brazilian author and the unorthodox quest of the American translator determined to find her. With playful prose stylings and the pacing of a noir thriller, it's an ideal summer fix.
Drink That: Caipirinha
Novey's tale of loss and intrigue is made that much better by an excuse to cap it off with Brazil's national cocktail, the Caipirinha.