With "The Son," author Philipp Meyer has crafted a consuming epic (available now) that covers the money acquired and blood shed by generations of a rooted Texas family. The praise has been resounding, and a number of book critics have picked the hefty tome as a top choice during vacation reading season, despite its overwhelming page count. Take a good look at this cover, because odds are you'll see it everywhere this summer -- along with these 19 other titles.
What to read this summer: Top 20 picks
For an engrossing coming-of-age debut
For a mystery that'll make you laugh
For adventure without a plane ticket
For a glamorous escape
For an unflinching tale of the Southern frontier
For a unique history lesson
For a dose of YA reality
For a sweeping story stretching across the Atlantic
For youthful survival against adult-sized obstacles
For a thought-provoking page-turner
For a nostalgic ghost story
To go behind-the-scenes of a classic comedy
If you want to get lost in a '20s-era noir
For a magical tale with an edge
For sibling bonding with a psychic twist
For a chilling thriller
To learn from someone else's 'fails'
If you tend to root for the bad guys
If you're looking for the next 'Gone Girl'