Happy June! Whether you're a student on summer break, or looking forward to a short vacation on the beach, or just need an excuse to stay inside away from the sun, you'll need some books, music, TV, and movies to keep you busy. Here are a few items out this month to help.
- The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. The Rivera family moves from Mexico to Delaware in this novel from Henriquez, whose short story collection Come Together, Fall Apart caused a stir upon release in 2006. Available on June 3.
- The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport. The lives of most of the Romanov family ended tragically in a basement in 1918, but before that, Czar Nicholas' daughters, were European celebrities and surprising thoughtful observers of the changes in Russia that would eventually contribute to her . Available on June 3.
- Paper Lanterns by Stuart Dybek. A new story collection from Dybeck, who's known for love stories that are poetic, wild, and openly romantic. Available on June 3.
- The Fault in Our Stars. Based off a novel by the same name, The Fault in Our Stars is already a cult classic about two teenagers whose love overcomes sickness and injury. Staring Shailene Woodley, this film should be packed with heartache and teenage dreaming. In theaters on June 6.
- 22 Jump Street. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's undercover cops trade high school for college, where Tatum ends up in the football crowd and Hill deep in the bohemian art scene. 21 Jump Street's directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who also wrote and directed The Lego Movie earlier this year, return. In theaters on June 13.
- They Came Together is Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd in all of their indie romantic comedy glory. They hate each other because Rudd's company is threatening to shut down Poehler's cute candy shop. Obviously, they fall in love. The team behind Wet Hot American Summer — writer and director David Wain and writer Michael Showalter, both veterans of The State and Stella — return, and between Poehler, Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black and Ken Marino, much of the Wet Hot cast will be reunited. In theaters on June 27.
- Orange is the New Black follows Taylor Schilling as the imprisoned, often irrational Piper Chapman as she continues to transition from yuppie Brooklynite to orange-clad inmate. Chapman's neuroses were often her undoing in season one, and season 2 should be no different. Premieres on Netflix on June 6.
- Girl Meets World is the decade-later remake of "Boy Meets World." It follows the children of Cory and Topanga as she travels through many of the life stages that her parental counterparts faced ten years ago. It could be a nostalgic joy-ride, or a fantastic flop. Premieres on the Disney Channel on June 27 at 9:45pm.
- The Leftovers traces the mysterious disappearances of people world-wide and focuses on a suburban community of people that must rebuild without the 100 residents who have disappeared. Justin Theroux stars as the town's chief of police. Premieres on HBO on June 29 at 10pm.
- Animal Ambition: an Untamed Desire to Win by 50 Cent. This will be rapper 50 cent's fifth studio album, and he's brought along a cast of guest appearances including Trey Songz, Kidd Kidd, and Styles P. 50 cent has promised that there will also be accompanying videos to match the songs. Available on June 3.
- Lazaretto by Jack White. White has already gotten himself into hot water this month by slamming fellow blues rockers The Black Keys and erstwhile bandmate Meg White, but his new studio album Lazaretto promises the same diversity of sound and style as White's 2012 release Blunderbuss. Available on June 10.
- x by Ed Sheeran. The British singer looks set to break into the US with his second album, produced by Pharrell. The title of the album (x) is apparently supposed to be pronounced "multiply," and Sheeran has claimed it was inspired by Justin Timberlake's Justified. So we will see about that. Available on June 23.