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The Best New Books to Read in Summer 2021 (So Far)



The Best New Books to Read in Summer 2021 (So Far)

In the midst of a startling, unpredictable re-emergence into post-pandemic life, the publishing world came armed for battle: This summer’s reading list is one of the best in recent memory.

As June blends into July, we at ELLE are taking stock of the summer’s most promising releases so far. Below, you’ll be sure to find something for any vaccinated vacation—whether it’s a thriller, a beach-ready romance, or a lengthy, all-consuming meditation on the messiness of American history. Dive right in; after a year like the last, we’ve earned this literary banquet.

This story will be updated as new books are released throughout June, July, and August.


The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Release date: June 1

There is truly no drama like publishing drama, and in this dynamite debut, Zakiya Dalila Harris takes advantage of every juicy nugget. Nella Rogers is the new editorial assistant at Wagner Books, not to mention the company’s only Black employee. She’s ecstatic when Hazel joins the team—as a young, Black girl from Harlem, surely she can understand the daily frustrations Nella endures from her white colleagues. But when Hazel becomes Wagner’s new star, Nella is left spiraling as the two are pitted against each other. —Lauren Puckett, associate editor


Long Division by Kiese Laymon

Release date: June 1

Heavy memoirist Kiese Laymon returns, this time with a fiercely creative novel combining time travel with institutionalized racism. Set in 2013, City Coldson has become an overnight sensation following an embarrassing meltdown on a televised quiz show. He’s sent to stay with his grandmother, but not before he’s given a copy of Long Division, in which, oddly, a character named City Coldson can travel through time. The resulting saga winds from the 1980s to the 1960s and beyond, weaving a fractured but fascinating path through Black America. —LP


The Ninth Metal by Benjamin Percy

Release date: June 1

The first installment in an enticing sci-fi series, The Ninth Metal is about a rogue comet—or rather, what that comet leaves in its wake. When the debris crashes to Earth, the fire wipes out homes and forests, but not without also depositing rich veins of “omnimetal.” This new type of metal proves to be a valuable energy source, and the fight to use it—and abuse it—slowly grips a floundering Minnesota community. Inventive but grounded, this is a smart take on the modern resource rush. —LP


House of Sticks: A Memoir by Ly Tran



Release date: June 1

Graceful but unflinching, Ly Tran’s House of Sticks follows the author’s immigration from Vietnam to New York as a toddler, and the subsequent identity shaping and re-shaping she undergoes throughout her youth and early adult years. Resettled in Queens through a humanitarian program—her father is a former POW—Tran attempts to honor her family through faith and labor, only to find herself yearning for something that exists outside of their home. Intimate yet universal, this is a masterclass in memoir. —LP


Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Release date: June 1

Daisy Jones and The Six author Taylor Jenkins Reid is back with yet another tale of the pleasures and pitfalls of celebrity. This time, she’s in the 1980s, where superstar musician Mick Riva’s children are preparing for the legendary Riva party at their Malibu home. By night’s end, secrets will have been spilled, and the house will go up in flames (literally). This is a turbulent but touching story of the sacrifices we make for our family—and how those sacrifices change us. —LP


One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

St. Martin’s Griffin


Release date: June 1

Casey McQuiston knows how to do romance right. She crafts her love stories with such a clever blend of sharp wit and tender revelations that it’s a challenge not to savor every page. The latest is One Last Stop, in which 23-year-old August meets the stunning Jane on her morning subway ride. She quickly develops a crush, but there’s one problem: Jane is a time traveler from the 1970s. Cue the heart-warming antics. —LP


How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

Release date: June 1

No landmark work on race can be truly comprehensive—the subject is too knotty, too deep. And yet The Atlantic writer Clint Smith’s How The Word Is Passed manages to feel complete, even as it attempts to reckon with an unfathomable tangle of history across America. Chronicling the many ways in which slavery leaves its mark in all facets of American life—whether we acknowledge it or not—Smith’s work illuminates truth while lending new perspectives to what we think we know.  —LP


Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

Release date: June 1

Celebrated journalist and podcaster Ashley C. Ford makes her literary debut with an extraordinary memoir. Growing up, Ford idolized her father, who was incarcerated throughout her childhood. Only in the aftermath of trauma does she start to untangle the complicated threads of her inheritance. —Mariah Kreutter


With Teeth by Kristen Arnett

Release date: June 1

Darkly funny yet sobering, Kristen Arnett’s With Teeth follows a lesbian couple and their son, Samson, whom protagonist Sammie Lucas isn’t exactly sure how she feels about. I mean, of course she loves him—he’s her son—but he’s complicated, maybe even frightening. As he grows from unpredictable to dangerous, Sammie and her wife’s relationship begins to unravel, and all three family members must realize what it takes to make (and break) a home. —LP


Pure Flame: A Legacy by Michelle Orange

Release date: June 1

Taking a kaleidoscopic approach to motherhood, Michelle Orange’s cultural criticism-meets-memoir Pure Flame follows Orange’s discovery of her mother’s alter ego: Janis Jerome. Jerome was her mother’s name as part of a case study, ultimately published in the Harvard Business Review, in which she left her family to pursue a career in a big city. Sometimes achingly sad, but often warm and evocative, this reckoning between mothers and daughters is a brilliant work of feminist critique. —LP


Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Release date: June 8

Apart from its clever cover, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is A Witch has several things going for it: 1) It’s based on real historical documents from a time when witchcraft ignited frenzy; 2) It’s about a 15th-century woman accused of casting spells, who must tell her side of the story in order to avoid execution; and 3) It’s by the whip-smart Rivka Galchen. Need we say more? —LP


Slipping by Mohamed Kheir, translated by Robin Moger

Release date: June 8

Translated from Arabic, this poetic novel fuses pieces of magical realism with the tragedy of trauma in the wake of the Arab Spring. Seif is a journalist, and when he’s introduced to a former exile who seems to know all of Egypt’s mysteries, he thinks he’s merely writing a story. But as their fractured adventures together lead him across the land, it also leads him into memories of his past—and thoughts of the woman he loved, a woman who could sing any sound, as if by magic. —LP


Kin: A Memoir by Shawna Kay Rodenberg

Release date: June 8

Rodenberg spent four years of her childhood in an isolated religious community, where she experienced sexual abuse. Kin, her memoir about surviving this traumatic episode, paints a complex portrait of an Appalachian community. —MK


Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi

Release date: June 8

One of contemporary literature’s most engrossing talents, Akwaeke Emezi turns inward this summer with their latest, Dear Senthuran. A complex, innovative work of hybrid memoir, the story follows Emezi’s journey as someone who identifies as ogbanje, an “Igbo spirit that’s born to a human mother, a kind of trickster that dies unexpectedly only to return in the next child and do it all over again.” —LP


The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura, translated by Lucy North

Release date: June 8

A voyeuristic thriller, The Woman in the Purple Skirt is about two women: one in a purple skirt, and another in a yellow cardigan. One is obsessed with the other, and we can’t quite be sure why—at least not yet. This study in fascination, translated from Japanese, is as unusual as it is alluring. —LP


God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney

Release date: June 22

A bewitching fiction debut from Defector Media co-owner Kelsey McKinney, God Spare The Girls traces the fallout of an evangelical megachurch scandal through the lenses of a pastor’s two daughters. One is the co-author of a viral sermon about purity; the other isn’t so sure “purity” means what her church thinks it does. As the sisters spiral from their father’s secret, they band together in this tender but cutting coming-of-age story. —LP


Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor

Release date: June 22

A critical darling and one of the foremost literary talents in publishing today, Brandon Taylor is back after his debut novel, Real Life—published mere weeks before the pandemic hit the U.S.—earned him a nomination for the Booker Prize. Now he’s released Filthy Animals, a collection of interlinked stories held together by a slew of emotionally overwhelmed characters. A must for short story fans. —LP


What’s Done in Darkness by Laura McHugh

Release date: June 22

I’ve been a long-time fan of McHugh’s work, not least because the popular crime author is from my Missouri hometown. She’s a sharp observer of the nuanced dynamics that make the Heartland tick, particularly in its shadier corners, and her female characters are rich and full of life—even when they’re the victims of horrific evils. In What’s Done In Darkness, a young woman is kidnapped from her Arkansas farmstead, only to be found a week later on the side of a highway. Years later, an investigator wants her help cracking a similar case, but that’ll mean dredging up her old traumas. —LP


Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie

Release date: June 22

In the vein of Daisy Jones and the Six and The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, Songs In Ursa Major is an intoxicating chronicle of the music industry, inspired largely by the love affair between artists Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. In 1969, the Bayleen Island Folk Fest is hosting star Jesse Reid while local singer Jane Quinn can’t seem to get much attention. But when Jesse is caught in a motorcycle accident, Jane gets to play in his stead—and she blows the crowd away. As Jesse recovers on the island, Jane becomes his mentee, and a love begins to blossom between them. —LP


Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon

Release date: June 22

Six of YA’s biggest and brightest come together in this glittering story collection about a summer blackout in New York City. As a group of Black teens find their way home while the stars come out, six couples fall in love in smart and unexpected ways. This is a perfect read for anyone seeking a burst of joy after a long year in the dark. —LP

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This $7 Concealer Will Make Your Angry Red Pimple Disappear



This $7 Concealer Will Make Your Angry Red Pimple Disappear

Green concealer is a beloved tool in our makeup arsenals because of the way it masks uneven skin tones. Because green is a complementary color to red (see: the color wheel) it’s able to neutralize fiery active pimples, broken capillaries, acne scars, sunburns, and all types of inflammation. Plus, most green concealers go on sheer so you never have to worry about looking like The Wicked Witch of the West.

Aliana Lopez, New York-based celebrity makeup artist who counts the likes of Ella Mai, Eva Chen, and Emily Weiss as clients, advises, “If you need help with covering a super red break out, I would reach for a higher coverage green concealer and spot conceal as needed; first layering the green concealer then topping it with your foundation, any discoloration that still peaks through can easily be covered with your normal concealer. If your needs are for neutralizing a larger area of redness, a primer or tinted green moisturizer may be a better option. The best thing to keep in mind is less is more, so thin layers of the product will result in a more natural, seamless look. I think these products are great green correctors: Dr. Jart’s Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment, YSL’s Nu Tone Corrector, and Lancôme’s Teint Idole Color Corrector.”

Now that we’ve convinced you not to live another moment without one, we’ve rounded up the 31 best green concealers on the market.

E.l.f. Color Correcting Stick

Infused with vitamin C, this creamy corrective still will give you both coverage and hydration. The pigment is buildable and the jade hue is ideal for medium to dark skin tones.

Dr. Jart+ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30

For that healthy, glowy look devoid of redness, look no further than Dr. Jart’s Color Correcting Treatment. One reviewer gushes,”I basically just use this in place of foundation now and it’s great at covering up redness!” Plus it offers you an ever-so important layer of mineral SPF 30 protection.

Yves Saint Laurent Nu Tone Corrector & Complexion Booster

Lightweight and hydrating, this YSL color corrector formulated with Vitamin E goes on sheer to neutralize larger areas of redness. The result: a completely natural, glowy complexion.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Color Corrector

Use this all over your face if you’ve got ruddy tones that need some evening out. It can also be applied for on-the-spot coverage.

LA Girl HD Conceal High Definition Concealer

A top Reddit recommendation, this wonder product can cover dark circles and unwanted tones and textures. And, let’s be real, at such an affordable price, what do you have to lose?

NYX Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer

If you’re looking for a product that’ll get the job done, may we suggest NYX’s HD Photogenic Concealer? One reviewer confirms, “I have severe enough rosacea and sensitivity, so I’ve tried everything to minimize that redness and embarrassment. Happy to report the search is over; this is strong enough that only one or two of swipes on problem areas neutralizes the discoloration, and creamy enough that it doesn’t cakeify on my very dry skin. It also holds up beautifully beneath all sorts of base products from concealer to full-coverage foundations.”

ULTA Beauty Color Correcting Liquid Concealer

ULTA knows a thing or two about what makes a great beauty product. You’ll see what we mean when you try this waterproof Color Correcting Liquid Concealer. After all, it is a spin off of their best-selling Full Coverage Liquid Concealer. Expect creamy, lasting pigment.

Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer

Eliminate redness with the swipe of the hand. Apply a small amount of concealer and easily blend the hypoallergenic formula with your fingers. Bonus: It’s waterproof.

Morphe Fluidity Color Correcting Concealer

Skip the fret of having to touchup your makeup and also inadvertently, the risk of beauty products exploding in your purse with Morphe’s Color Correcting Concealer that you stays put for 16 hours. That’s two thirds of any given day!

Physicians Formula RX Physicians Strength Concealer

These Amazon reviews speak for themselves: “As a former makeup artist I can tell you that it covers just about any imperfection you may have! Whether it’s Rosacea, acne scars, surgical scars, blemishes, acne, red cheeks, dark circles under the eyes, or simply something you don’t particularly like and want to conceal this product will cover it flawlessly. I love the fact that it lasts all day too. No stopping to touch up the cover up on that pimple anymore!”

Cover FX Correct Click Color Corrector

Here’s a customizable dream: You select two shades of your choice to either correct, enhance or cover. You already know green can neutralize red—pair it with lavender to tone down yellowness and add brightness.

Physicians Formula Concealer Twins Cream Concealers

If you’re looking to cover scars or a very red pimple, this is your go-to. Start with the green corrector to blot out any redness, then top with the light concealer for fuller coverage.

Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer

This priming balm makes for the perfect base as the shade not only eliminates redness, but its moisturizing ability smooths and blurs the look of fine lines.

Soap & Glory Kick Ass All Is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer

This is a rich, buildable creamy color corrector that will hide your angriest blemishes in a snap.

Erborian CC Red Correct

Velvety, hydrating, and blendable, Erborian’s CC Red Correct is your answer to lightweight color-correcting coverage that flatters every skin tone. Plus, it features SPF 25.

J.Cat Beauty Green Eyesurance Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Balm

Prep your skin for flawlessness with J. Cat’s Green Eyesurance. Because it’s a balm, it hydrates and smooths under anything you might choose to layer it with.

Chanel Longwear Colour Corrector Concealer

Neutralize redness with Chanel’s Color Correcting Concealer, a lightweight, soft-focus pigment for the most seamless, long-lasting finish. 

Neutrogena Color Correcting Concealer

Swipe away any redness with Neutrogena’s velvety color correcting concealer—it’s oil- and frangrance-free, giving you the coverage you need without the cakiness.

L’Oreal Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit

This L’Oreal palette has got your back—neutralize redness, discoloration, dark circles, and dullness all at once. 

NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Concealer Palette

Visibly hide trouble spots with color illusions. Here’s how it works: yellow and peach conceal dullness and dark circles, green covers redness, purple and pink brighten, while light and medium camouflage it all.

NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Jar

If you’re looking for a bit more coverage and pigment, NYX’s concealer jar is the answer to all your color correcting needs.  Plus, its emollients keep your skin hydrated.

Covergirl Trublend Pre-Touching Color Correcting Palette

Let this one reviewer encompass the magic of Covergirl’s color correcting palette, “This works so well! My favorite is how much difference the green makes with my red skin. It’s so great! It evens me out without looking like I have a bunch of makeup on. I should add that I have very sensitive skin and have had no issues with this product.”

L’Oreal True Match Correcting Crayon Concealer

Transform your complexion and neutralize and blemishes or blotchiness with this blendable concealer. Plus, its crayon shape makes application easy as ever.

Smashbox Color Correcting Stick

To eliminate any redness without the worry of creasing, Smashbox has you covered (pun intended). One reviewer shares, “My eyes are dark underneath and red on the lids and tend to be dry. I use this with the green stick for perfect coverage without primer. It blends so easily and does not settle into the fine lines.”

Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Pen

We can all agree our zits are our Public Enemy No.1—target them with this precision brush for easy application anytime, anywhereHigh-Definition Filter Technology (TBC) captures and transforms any light, to blur and soften flaws, leaving the perfect app filtered look

Physicians Formula Gentle Cover Concealer Stick

For light and easy coverage, just a swipe or dab of this concealer stick will visibly eliminate any red blemishes or scars.

NYX Professional Makeup Color Correcting Liquid Primer

Trust us, once you’ve tried this NYX color corrector, you won’t be able to go back. These reviews explain: 

“My very favorite primer to tone down the pink in my skin.”
“Good coverage, light feel, easy to apply.”

“Love this product you can wear it under makeup or without.” 

Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer

Minimize redness and keep your makeup in place so it looks better and lasts longer with this two in one color corrector. 

Neutrogena Clear Coverage CC Compact

Cut down on shine and redness with this all-in-one color correcting powder, leaving you with a matte finish and makeup that’ll last all day long.

J.Cat Beauty Color Corrector Quad Spectrum Palette

Address your complexion head-on with this arsenal of colors. Plus, you just can’t beat the price.

STILA’s Correct & Perfect All-in-One Color Correcting Palette

Gone are the days of lugging around a million products everyday—Stila’s Color Correcting Palette brings you everything you’ll need for flawless skin in one sweet little compact. It’s easy, buildable, and blendable. A reviewer confirms, “Gives as little or as much coverage as you need and has a perfect texture.”

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These 32 Face Serums Will Replace Your Monthly Facials



These 32 Face Serums Will Replace Your Monthly Facials

Whether your skincare routine consists of 15 steps or two, there is one product that’s non-negotiable: a face serum. Yes, minimalism is a thing. But so is having gorgeous, soothed skin that’s taken care of in the way it so desperately needs.

What Is A Face Serum?
So, what exactly is a serum? “A serum is usually a liquid or gel containing high concentrations of skin actives, which are able to penetrate deeper than other topicals [like moisturizers] with content occlusives that prevent deeper penetration,” explains board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum.

Why Do I Need Face A Serum?

This essential step offers more targeted results, potent formulations, and customization options. You’re never too young to start using a serum, Nussbaum shares, and they’re the best way to target specific skin concerns due to their high concentration and potency.

What Kind Of Face Serum Do I Need?

It’s important when choosing a serum to know which skin concern you’re hoping to target—most basic serums contain a combination of antioxidants, which will brighten the skin. Looking for something moisturizing? “A hydrating serum should contain hyaluronic acid and peptide,” Nussbaum says. “Hyluaronic acid keeps skin plump and glowing—and basically allows your skin to repair itself easier.” If anti-aging is your main concern, Nussbaum advises looking for a serum that contain retinols (which increase skin cell turnover), glycolic acid, and vitamin C.

How Do I Use Face Serums In My Routine?

Nussbaum recommends applying serum twice a day immediately after cleansing your skin to your face and neck. Since serums are so lightweight, they’re easy to layer, she says—apply yours before any SPF or makeup. Whether you’re already a superfan of serums or ready to try one for the first time, check out these options to help you get the skin of your dreams.

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Coach’s New Collab with Jennifer Lopez Is “Wearable, and a Little Bit Glamorous”



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Coach and Jennifer Lopez have teamed up once again to announce a second collaboration, which launched on Oct. 6, featuring all sorts of cute bags and winter clothes. Available to shop online now at the Coach Outlet, you’ll find shearling purses with the “C” logo, quilted crossbodies with chain details, shoulder bags, and even luxe outerwear and joggers. There are also bags with the NYC skyline on them, inspired by the brand and J. Lo’s roots.

“Coach and I have a lot in common. Mostly we believe in the power of being real— in authenticity,” said Lopez in a press release. “This collection is so Coach and so me. It’s wearable, and a little bit glamorous—but also sporty. It’s that mix that really excites me. It’s the unedited, unfiltered, raw version of us.” Browse some of the standout pieces below so you can find—and buy!—whatever style speaks to you, or shop the full collection here.

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Marlie Top Handle Satchel With Linear Quilting

The chain clasp on this quilted guy is so chic, no? 


Chain Belt Bag

Wear this style on your waist or over your shoulder— it’s up to you!


Pennie Backpack 22 In Signature Shearling

Fall is always a great time for backpack shopping, and this one will definitely turn heads. 


Corner Zip Wristlet With Nyc Skyline

A cute lil wristlet with the NYC skyline on it is perfect for taking with you on quick errands. 


Bowery Crossbody With Linear Quilting

Everyone needs a classic black crossbody in their lives. It’s just a fact.  


Bowery Crossbody

Or if you’re more of a neutral person, then opt for this beige. 


Chain Belt Bag In Signature Shearling


Lopez Wool Overcoat

Pretty sure I’ll be dreaming about this exact coat later today. 


Signature Shearling Coat

The collar and pockets on this gorgeous design feature the brand’s logo in a subtle way. 


Signature Sweatpants

The sweatpants trend lives on. 

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