Page turners: the most exciting new fiction from Africa, Latin America and south Asia – The Guardian

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Page turners: the most exciting new fiction from Africa, Latin America and south Asia

We asked 14 writers, editors and publishers to tell us their current favourites from around the world

Ellah Wakatama

My holiday reading begins with The Merciless Ones, the second young adult novel by Namina Forna. It’s the middle volume in a speculative fiction trilogy that follows the journey of an army of near-immortal young women battling ancient gods. Forna is writing in a burgeoning genre of African sci-fi that draws on the cosmologies and storytelling traditions of African cultures and religions. One of the most exciting debut writers I’ve come across recently.

Namwali Serpell’s new novel, The Furrows, shows this prize-winning author’s range and abilities. A sister mourns the loss of her sibling in a gorgeously crafted, compact story of love, family and the unreliability of memory as grief writes and rewrites the moment of loss. Fans of Serpell’s debut will recognise her idiosyncratic approach and her masterly control of plot and prose.

In My Pen is the Wing of a Bird, Lucy Hannah of Untold Narratives has worked with female Afghan writers to produce an anthology that is powerful in its impact and admirable in the quality of the prose. This is a powerful reminder that there is no such thing as “the voiceless” – in bringing these stories together, Hannah and the writers she collaborated with over two years challenge us to listen carefully, and not to forget.

The covers of The Furrows, The Merciless Ones and My Pen is the Wing of a Bird

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

Yewande Omotoso writes older female characters with such incredible nuance, and she did so beautifully in her latest novel, An Unusual Grief, which details a mother grappling with the loss of her child while also coming to terms with her own long-repressed sexuality. I’m a big fan of work that explores sexuality from the perspective of older women, and this book does so incredibly well.

I wholeheartedly recommend listening to Eloghosa Osunde’s Vagabonds!– her book has been getting rave reviews, and rightly so, and the incredible audio narration of these interlinked stories of spirits and queer people – Vagabonds – in Lagos takes it to the next level.

From my own country, Ghana, Ama Asantewa Diakahas created a poetic tour de force in her debut, Woman, Eat Me Whole, a series of poems about identity, bodies and the entire spectrum from girlhood to womanhood. One of her poems, A Utopia for Black Girls, should be an anthem for black girls all over the world.

Paula Ihozo Akugizibwe’s essay, You look Illegal, represents to me one of the best ways of writing beautifully about a devastating subject, racism. I was moved and inspired by the power of her words.

The covers of Vagabond! Woman, Eat Me Whole and An Unusual Grief

Ainehi Edoro

Nearly All Men in Lagos are Mad by Damilare Kuku is a study of Lagos as a city of romance. The 12 stories in the collection capture the experience of navigating the strange and wondrous world of love and intimacy in Africa’s most enigmatic city. Kuku is a studious writer who leans into humour, satire and astute observations. She channels the complexities of Lagos as a chaotic but alluring world of dreams and tragedies, desire and heartbreak into characters who find that love or the search for love is the way to survive the stark contradictions of life in the city. Lagosians will easily recognise the swashbuckling lovers and heartbreakers in the stories. Outsiders will find them entertaining. The stories are quick reads, great for a lounge at the beach where it’s OK to laugh out loud. Kuku’s stories are delectable and fun, but they also reveal the ridiculousness of gender expectations and the sexual politics that assign men and women rigid roles in intimate relationships.

  • Dr Ainehi Edoro is assistant professor of global black literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and founder and editor-in-chief of Brittle Paper, an online magazine for African literature

Wole Talabi

Two of the most interesting books I’ve read recently are The Library of The Dead, by TL Huchu, and Water Must Fall, by Nick Wood.

The former is the first in a series and is a fun fantasy story set in a post-catastrophe Scotland and featuring a brash and bright teenage Zimbabwean protagonist, Ropa, who makes a living communicating with spirits. We follow as she gets sucked into a mystery to save missing children. The story is full of offbeat characters and the mix of Zimbabwean and Scottish magic and culture is fresh.

The latter is the author’s second novel and is deeply rooted in revolution. From the point of view of three characters (Graham, a South African journalist; Lizzie, his wife; and Art, an American water resources officer), it extrapolates the inequalities and politics of today into a future where climate-catastrophe has created a world where even water is scarce. Yet the book is one of hope – of building new communities and systems, of learning, of family, of new forms of consciousness and of how we, and the world, can change.

The covers of Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad, The Library of the Dead and Water Must Fall

Nancy Adimora

“Elikem married me in absentia; he did not come to our wedding.” Is there an award for best opening line? Because I think there needs to be. And Peace Adzo Medie needs to win for the opening of her debut novel, His Only Wife. We start the story at an unusual wedding ceremony of Afi Tekple, a young seamstress, and her mystery husband, Elikem Ganyo. As the story moves between the Ghanaian city of Ho and the country’s capital, Accra, we quickly discover that there’s another woman – a woman the Ganyo family disapprove of – and Afi has been set the herculean task of winning Elikem back on their behalf. As she contends with mounting pressure from her powerful in-laws, Afi’s journey from compliance to defiance doubles up as a fresh examination of womanhood, marriage and societal expectations. Laced with humour, and paired with her breezy writing style, Medie’s unputdownable novel proved to be an instant cure for my dwindling attention span.

  • Nancy Adimora is a publishing consultant and the founding editor of Afreada, an African literary magazine

Carey Baraka

Khadija Abdalla Bajaber’s The House of Rust is the story of Aisha, a girl living in present-day Mombasa who, after her father goes missing in the ocean, sets sail one night after him. With her is a talking philosophising cat that guides her in her quest. Bajaber is a witty and exciting writer, and her book is speckled with images of Mombasa’s oral tradition, from talking cats and crows, to a serpent god of war, to the king of sharks, to djinns and spirits. I loved Bajaber’s characters, who battle in Kiswahili proverbs and riddles, and Aisha, a free spirit trying to find her lost father, and in doing so, also find herself.

Equally enjoyable is Okwiri Oduor’s Things They Lost, which is heavy on sparkling sentences and deep dives into Kenya’s colonial and post-colonial history.

The covers of His Only Wife, The House of Rust and Things They Lost

Joy Chime

Yejide Kilanko’s novel, A Good Name, tells the story of Eziafa and Zina, an immigrant couple in a difficult marriage, and how their diverging desires pull them apart. The sharp emotions Kilanko evokes with her simple and accessible writing are leavened by humour. But not even laughter can take from the fact that the story is heartbreaking.

Nikki May’s fast-paced debut novel, Wahala, is aptly named (wahala, in Nigerian Pidgin, means trouble). The close friendship of three women begins to crack when a fourth woman joins the group and sows chaos. The book is being adapted into a six-part TV series by the BBC.

A Broken People’s Playlist by Chimeka Garricks is a heartwarming short story collection inspired by music. It reminds me of Mitch Albom’s The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, as Garricks’ storytelling is just as magical. For a more memorable experience, listen to the songs that accompany each story.

  • Joy Chime is a managing editor of Wawa Book Review, a site focusing on work from African publishers

The covers of A Good Name, Wahala and A Broken People’s Playlist

Gioconda Belli

Imagine two Colombian adolescents as the only guests in a Communist party foreigners’ hotel in China. Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a Colombian writer with the talent to keep a magician’s equilibrium between reality and fiction. In Retrospective, Vásquez takes the real life of his compatriot, film director Sergio Cabrera, and weaves it into a fascinating piece of writing, a factual novel about the children of Fausto Cabrera, a man obsessed with revolution who sends his son and daughter to China to be indoctrinated as Maoists and then join the Colombian guerillas. The strange existence they live in China where they join the Red Guards, and their harrowing experience as guerrillas in the Colombian jungle are told alongside the story of the father, a seductive, fanatical character the children despise and love at the same time. The novel relies on facts researched by the author, through long interviews with the protagonists, but the seamless narrative filled with the ebbs and flows of dramatic tension give the story the gripping quality of fiction. Through incisive observation he conveys the father’s relationship with his children and their process to break with their past and construct a normal life for themselves. Beautifully written and gripping, the novel was nominated for the Booker prize.

  • Gioconda Belli is a Nicaraguan poet and novelist. Her memoir, The Country Under my Skin, is published by Bloomsbury. She lives in exile in Madrid

Mateo García Elizondo

Julián Herbert’s Tomb Song is a semi-autobiographical memoir and a funerary love song to the narrator’s mother, a sex worker dying of leukaemia, while he recounts his childhood moving from town to town across Mexico with her and his half-siblings. Through the tale of caring for his mother in a provincial hospital, Herbert builds a portrait not only of his dying parent, but also of a decadent motherland (what do you call a decadent country that was never glorious to begin with?). He manages to find dark, tender humour in the family’s fight against cancer, and he expounds glorious snippets of wisdom gleaned from the depths of his own cocaine habit. I loved Tomb Song for being a ballsy and honest account of a life that isn’t only well told but actually worth telling, full of contained sadness, self-deprecating humour and indefatigable tenderness.

  • Mateo García Elizondo is a Mexican writer. His latest novel, Una cita con la Lady, will be published in English by Charco Press in 2023

The covers of Retrospective, Tomb Son and Here Be Icebergs

Carolina Orloff

The book I’d like to share is Here Be Icebergs, by Peruvian author Katya Adaui, one of the most talented and singular voices to come out of the country in decades. Exquisitely translated by Rosalind Harvey, this is a beguiling collection of stories that take a brutal yet lyrical look at the complexities of family relationships and how we survive them. It will leave you asking for more.

And, if you haven’t yet read Elena Knows by Claudia Piñeiro, translated by Frances Riddle, I suggest you find yourself a copy. A compelling, political crime novel, Elena Knows is more than a book, it is a powerful, timely experience.

  • Carolina Orloff is an award-wining translator and co-founder of Charco Press, an independent publisher of contemporary Latin American fiction

Arunava Sinha

KR Meera’s novels, many of which have been translated from Malayalam into English, are almost always fiery testaments to the independence of women, which her characters fight for. When I picked up one of her recent novels, Qabar (The Grave), translated into English by the writer Nisha Susan without changing the title, I was expecting a similarly powerful statement. What I got, instead, is a tender love story featuring a female lower court judge and a male litigant, effortlessly combining desire, family legends, women walking out of their husbands’ lives – and a larger backdrop of communal unrest in India, captured neatly in a symbolic court case. I was utterly lost in the unravelling of this slim novel, travelling through its shimmering spaces of longing and hard spaces of conflict, collisions and contests, all seen through the eyes of the female protagonist. A reminder once again of how fiction can take us to a version of the world that we could live in for ever, if only someone allowed us.

The covers of Elena Knows, Qabar and Are You Enjoying?

Tara Khandelwal

Two books that I recently enjoyed are Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying? and Jahnavi Barua’s Undertow. Both books raise questions about the consequences of what happens when women make their own choices in a society grappling between the modern and the traditional.

From Marianne, the American diplomat who lives a secret life, to the story of Zarrar and Asha who marry each other in order to hide their sexualities, Are You Enjoying? exposes us to an urban Pakistan free from the stereotypes we often see in the media. Sethi portrays her characters with wit and an exacting attention to detail.

Barua’s third novel is set in Assam and follows a young woman who has been cast out of her family for marrying outside her religion and race. I loved not only the portrayal of the family dynamics in the book, but also the exploration of the landscape and culture of a north-eastern part of India.

Lucy Hannah

A friend in India gave me Pebble Monkey by Manindra Gupta a few months ago. It’s 124 pages – slim enough to fit into a pocket – a perfect travel companion. I read it on the plane back to the UK and I’ve read it again since. Manindra Gupta was born in Barishal in 1926, in undivided Bengal, and is probably best known for his memoir Akshay Mulberry. Pebble Monkey is an original, quirky, thought-provoking fable, first published in Bengali in 2016 and now translated into English by Arunava Sinha. High above the Himalayan snowline, an ibex dislodges a pebble, that turns into a monkey. Sinha’s masterly translation takes us on a surreal journey with “Pebblemonkey”, who meets an assortment of characters, offers us climate insights, and challenges us with big philosophical questions. It’s never too serious, and it’s peppered with Pebblemonkey’s quick-witted one liners. A lively, surprising read that propels you into a dreamlike world and back again, feeling all the better for it.

  • Lucy Hannah is director of Untold Narratives. Its support of Afghan writers led to the publication of My Pen is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women, published by MacLehose Press

The covers of Undertow, Pebble Monkey and The Haunting of Hajji Hotak

Sana Goyal

Jamil Jan Kochai’s latest collection of short stories, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak, is set between, and stitched together by, spaces in the Afghan diaspora in America, and contemporary Afghanistan. The characters in these stories are constantly confronted with the spectres and landscapes of war. In the opening story, Playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the protagonist is transported to Logar in eastern Afganistan, and to his father’s early experience of tragedy, through a video game. The second story, Return to Sender, has two parent-doctors worrying incessantly about their child’s safety against a backdrop of bombings and kidnappings.

The length of the stories ranges from flash fiction (A Premonition; Recollected) to novella (The Tale of Dully’s Reversion). The author is most notable, though, for how he plays with punctuation, and therefore, pace. Here’s a story told in paragraph-long sentences; there’s another, with words separated by commas or semicolons in quick succession. Kochai teases tragedy, builds suspense, withdraws, then offers closure. Most significantly, however, his short fiction defies expectations – readers’ expectations of what a story should look like, and the story of a nation often told reductively and exclusively through media headlines.

  • Sana Goyal is deputy editor of Wasafiri, a magazine for international contemporary writing

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Beth Macy By the Book Interview – The New York Times

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I just finished Geraldine Brooks’s “Horse” — set in contemporary times as well as the antebellum era and during the Civil War, but every story line is so pertinent to the issues of the day. On deck I have a galley of Rachel Louise Snyder’s forthcoming memoir, “Women We Buried, Women We Burned, ” which promises to be as poignant, propulsive and important as her previous book, “No Visible Bruises. ”

Abraham Verghese’s “Cutting for Stone” kept me up reading until 5 a. m., and I’m always looking for another sweeping story that hooks me as thoroughly as that one. Maggie O’Farrell’s “Hamnet” came close.

In warm weather, on our deck overlooking a riffling creek in the nearby Appalachian Mountains, the bird feeders busy and the cushy chaise longue placed just so. A hot bathtub when it’s cold. I drive a lot for my reporting, and I love listening to a novel on the road. If it’s a really great book, I make it a twofer and buy the physical book, too, so I can keep reading through it when I arrive.

Anna Quindlen and my fellow Virginian Lee Smith rightly take up the biggest portion of my shelves. I’ve gotten to know them as well, and it is a huge treat when your literary heroes turn out to be equally excellent people.

The journalists whose reporting and storytelling acumen I most admire are Patrick Radden Keefe, Sarah Stillman and Evan Osnos at The New Yorker; Jennifer Senior at The Atlantic; Ian Shapira at The Washington Post; and the lesser-known (but no less great) Lane DeGregory of The Tampa Bay Times, who once walked deep into the Gulf of Mexico in her dress so she could accurately report the dialogue of a young couple she was profiling. They’d ditched their lives in the cold Upper Midwest to move to Florida and were spontaneously taking the first beach swim of their lives — talk about immersion journalism!

I mostly read fiction when I’m writing nonfiction — the opposite of what I’m working on, for a breather of sorts — like the cop and P. I. travails of Dennis Lehane plus Tana French, or the more intimate fiction of Elizabeth Strout, Emma Donoghue and Ann Patchett. For sheer sentence inspiration, I like to pick up Laura Hillenbrand’s books whenever I’m deep into a project just to voice her pitch-perfect cadence; Kiese Laymon’s “Heavy” also just rolls off the tongue. When I’m revising, I pick through my favorite how-to books, especially Stephen King’s “On Writing, ” which I’ve dog-eared plus marginalia’ed to tatters, and am always see something new when I reread John McPhee’s “Structure” essay.

People in rural America; people who haven’t had everything handed to them.

Authenticity, honesty, intimacy. As I weigh my own journalism ethics, I think constantly of Bryan Stevenson’s grandmother telling him, as quoted in the introduction associated with his memoir, “Just Mercy”: “You can’t understand most of the important things from a distance, Bryan. You have to get close. ”



I keep my friends’ books on my dining room shelves so I can pull them out and brag about them to other friends at dinner. In my home office — my grown kid’s former bedroom — I organize all the nonfiction books I read for research by category: economics/globalization, race and history, addiction. The novels get spread out over the other rooms in our house; not just on shelves but I also stack them underneath the lamps for optimal lighting.

At my first daily newspaper job in Savannah, Ga., I sometimes wrote food features, and someone gave me Laurie Colwin’s “Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen. ” We loved that Colwin wasn’t a snob — she shopped yard sales for her cooking — and she schooled you on cooking without making you feel dumb. Her tomato pie recipe is still a revelatory go-to.

Food has always been the Macy family’s love language. “James and the Giant Peach” made me drool, and the escapades of “Homer Price” — also a native Ohioan — had me at the first doughnut. Louise Fitzhugh’s “Harriet the Spy” was the first nonfood book I nonetheless devoured. I used to hide out inside a giant grove of lilacs down the street and take notes on passers-by à la Harriet. My husband and I drove by the old house recently, and I couldn’t believe how tiny the “grove” looked — a couple of bushes, barely four feet wide.

My parents never bought books, but they were huge library patrons — my late mother refused to even buy my books because why buy them when you can get them free at the library? (I gave her copies, of course. ) “Tom Sawyer, ” “Charlotte’s Web, ” “The Catcher in the Rye” were all formative books — contrarian stories are delicious.

Pretty sure they’ve only improved. My senior year of high school, I found Norman Vincent Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking” in my hometown library. I am not religious, but I actually seriously needed some positive thinking. That book and a guidance counselor who helped me apply for Pell grants and other need-based financial aid gave me the particular courage to go to college when no one else in my family had gone. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. I copied down quotes from Peale’s book on colored construction paper that I taped to my bedroom walls.

My college roommate introduced me to serious journalism by way of her dorm-room subscriptions to Harper’s and The Atlantic. In grad school I studied fiction — which, turns out, is not my gift — but I fell in love with voice masters like Lorrie Moore (“Self-Help”), Carolyn Chute (“The Beans of Egypt, Maine”) and Dorothy Allison (“Bastard Out of Carolina”).

I love novels that take me deep into an important issue as well as a place — books like “Mercy Street, ” by Jennifer Haigh, set largely in a Boston abortion clinic; and Liz Moore’s “Long Bright River, ” about the opioid crisis in Philadelphia’s Kensington. My favorite writers exploring the South, my adopted home, are usually S. A. Cosby, Kiese Laymon, Jesmyn Ward, Robert Gipe, Silas House, Carter Sickels and Tayari Jones.

“Raising Lazarus, ” if I may, because serious policy innovation is needed to turn back our nation’s soaring deaths of despair. While the overdose crisis is a rare nonpartisan issue, the particular toxic politics that undergird it continue to hobble the government’s response. I also think it would help him better understand the rural-urban divide that will threatens not only his re-election but democracy itself.

Lee Smith, Kiese Laymon and my Appalachian sensei, the novelist/illustrator Robert Gipe, who served as a consultant for our “Dopesick” TV series. I’d make Smith’s mother’s recipe for sweet potato ham biscuits (with apple butter), from a homemade cookbook the girl gave me when I interviewed her 30 years ago. If you’d permit me a fourth, I’d add the North Carolinian chef-author Vivian Howard and the food would be next level. Otherwise, Colwin’s tomato pie never disappoints. I never met Colwin, but I’d love to cook for her with my own yard-sale cookware.

J. D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” makes me angry every time I think about it. Vance blamed Appalachians’ woes on a crisis of masculinity and lack of thrift, overlookingthe centuries of rapacious behavior on the part of out-of-state coal plus pharma companies, and the bought-off politicians who failed to regulate them, and he took his stereotype-filled false narratives to the bank. So , please, please , if you take one thing away from this interview, read Elizabeth Catte’s “What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia” instead, and understand that the You in the girl title is foremost J. D. Vance.

The last book I put down without finishing was Amor Towles’s “The Lincoln Highway” — but leaving it unread was not my intention. My husband, who’s also a Towles fan, took it before I could finish it, then gave it to our traveling musician youngest kid, that devoured it on tour, and who knows where it landed? I have loved Towles from his first book, “Rules of Civility, ” and his latest is destined to become another twofer.

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10 best new books of August 2022, according to Amazon editors – Business Insider

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Top new books in August 2022

The best books released this month include a laugh-out-loud debut and a “pure candy” mystery novel, according to Amazon’s editors.
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  • Amazon’s book editors round up the best new releases every month.
  • August’s picks range from a “knock-out” memoir to a laugh-out-loud funny debut.
  • For other book recommendations, check out their best books of 2022 so far here

If you’re looking for a book to tear through in the last sweltering month of summer, Amazon’s editors just issued their August shortlist.

The best new books of the month include a laugh-out-loud debut, a spy novel that’s “pure candy,” a new book from Beth Macy of “Dopesick” fame, and a gutting new memoir that’s both “a chronicle of the American Dream and an indictment of it.”

For more book recommendations, check out the best beach reads of the year. You’ll find the best new books this August, according to Amazon’s book editors, below.

The 10 best new books of August 2022, according to Amazon’s book editors:

Descriptions are provided by Amazon and lightly edited for clarity and length.

“Acceptance: A Memoir” by Emi Nietfield

"Acceptance: A Memoir" by Emi Nietfield book cover

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Available at Amazon, $24.30

This memoir is a knock-out — and will not only keep you turning the pages as you root for Emi Nietfeld who didn’t have it easy as a kid, but will change the way you think about the voices we listen to and the voices we don’t, and the paradox of what help is acceptable to ask for. In some ways, it feels so unsatisfyingly trite to explain that “Acceptance” is about a young brilliant girl who, because of her hoarding, mentally unstable, and manipulative mother, is thrown into psych wards and foster care for her teenage years. Left to deal with eating disorders, cutting, addiction, and homelessness, it’s too easy to say that no adult trusts Emi to rise from her trauma, let alone to go to an Ivy League school. But it’s true, and her account of her lone fight — for education, for her dreams — is gutting and alive. This is one of the best memoirs I’ve read this year. — Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor 

“Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis” by Beth Macy

“Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis” by Beth Macy book cover

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Available at Amazon, $26.99

In “Raising Lazarus,” an excellent follow-up to her Hulu-adapted “Dopesick,” Beth Macy compels us not to look away from those who are suffering in the opioid epidemic. Her philosophy is reflected in the book’s title, a biblical story about challenging yourself to get uncomfortably close to death in order to witness the miracle of life. But our society rejects this idea, assigning shame and stigma to addiction — and soon the equivalent population of Houston will be dead from opioids. Macy weaves incredible tales of heroic volunteers meeting troubled drug users where they are. She offers a new language to challenge the contempt around drug use — “bupe,” “opioid use disorder”— which she argues is a human condition that cannot be eradicated. There’s no magic wand, and no political party is off the hook. Macy shines by bringing statistics to life with illuminating personal stories, and you’ll leave this book feeling sobered and perhaps inspired by this moment, a “historical opportunity to radically rethink addiction care.” — Lindsay Powers, Amazon Editor 

“Dirt Creek” by Hayley Scrivenor

“Dirt Creek” by Hayley Scrivenor book cover

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Available at Amazon, $25.19

The premise of “Dirt Creek” is tried and true: it’s the story of the disappearance of a 12-year-old child and the aftermath. But Scrivenor does a remarkable job of pulling this simple premise apart and rebuilding it in a heart-wrenching, realistic, and breathlessly suspenseful way, with particularly effective use of setting and multiple narrators. In a rural town as small as Durton, everyone knows everyone else and it’s almost impossible to keep a secret, therefore it’s unfathomable that a local could be responsible for Esther’s abduction and death. As rumor and gossip take hold, the town doesn’t quite come together so much as give way to an ugly new reality. Narration duties are divided between several people, including Esther’s best friend Ronnie (sad), a detective on the case (skeptical), and even a Greek chorus of the town’s children (heartbreaking). All of it adds up to a cracker of a tale: tough to look at up close, impossible to look away. — Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor  

“My Government Means to Kill Me” by Rasheed Newson

"My Government Means to Kill Me" by Rasheed Newson book cover

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Available at Amazon, $27.99

Laugh-out-loud moments give way to galvanizing moments in this un-put-down-able debut by Rasheed Newson. Set in the 1980s, “My Government Means to Kill Me” follows the trajectory of a young Black man who ditches his wealthy Midwest family to go be free and uninhibited in New York. When not spending time in men’s bathhouses, he gets an education in the Civil Rights movement, community organizing, and the fight for gay rights, among other things. Newson, the writer and producer behind “Narcos,” “The Chi,” and “Bel-Air,” lends his cinematic eye to his novel, which makes the grit, the sex, the activism, and the political struggle all the more atmospheric and immersive. In short, I’ve never been prouder of an 18-year-old narrator who leads us through the New York City streets, and compels not just his friends and network to action, but the reader too. — Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor 

“How to Kill Your Family” by Bella Mackie

"How to Kill Your Family" by Bella Mackie book cover

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Available at Amazon, $27

As titles go, you’d be hard pressed to find one as provocative, or apt, as “How to Kill Your Family.” Grace is sitting in a prison cell, recounting why she killed her family (her dad, a rich heir, refused the wishes of her poor dying mum to get involved in Grace’s life) and listing the much more entertaining hows (locations including, but not limited to, a steam room in Monaco, a mountain road in Marbella, and a sex club in London’s East End). But the standout moments in this darkly hilarious novel are those spent inside Grace’s head as she moves with deadly and detached efficiency through her to-do (or, more accurately, to-kill) list of awful family members. Her running commentary (on everything from prep work for killing someone, the class divide, unsolicited penis pics, wearing cords, and influencers) is sharp as a tack and spit-out-your-coffee comical. This twisted, darkly funny thriller will fill the “Dexter”-shaped hole in your heart. — Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor

“Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure” by Rinker Buck

“Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure” by Rinker Buck book cover

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Available at Amazon, $26.99

Seven years ago, Rinker Buck published “The Oregon Trail,” in which he traced the celebrated journey that brought so many Americans west. Now he’s following a different path: the trip down the mighty Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on flatboats (think: Mark Twain). While this journey occupied the generation or two that came before the height of the Oregon Trail, it’s been lost a bit to the whims of history. Still, flatboats traveling from Pittsburgh to New Orleans did as much, maybe more, to define our cultural and economic heritage as the journey west did. And, of course, Rinker Buck builds his own flatboat and takes the trip himself. History tends to take on a glossy sheen when it’s in the rearview mirror, but Buck’s adventure illustrates how much messier it is in the making. Part travelogue, part history, part human nature study, this is a book that you just want to keep reading. — Chris Schluep, Amazon Editor

“Mika in Real Life” by Emiko Jean

"Mika in Real Life" by Emiko Jean

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Available at Amazon, $19.59

Emiko Jean is the bestselling author of witty young adult rom-coms “Tokyo Ever After” and “Tokyo Dreaming,” and while her first adult novel, “Mika in Real Life,” has rom-com vibes, this is a book with real heft. When Mika was a freshman in college, she got pregnant and gave her daughter up for adoption. 16 years later, Mika’s daughter finds her, and what follows is a story of motherhood, forgiveness, and fresh starts. Mika’s catharsis became my own, as she realizes that her expectation of how a “good” mother should be is the stuff of fairytales. The relationship between mother and child is complicated pretty much from birth, and whether you are a mother, the child, or both, it’s two sides of the same coin where perfection is a fantasy. Jean gives us authentic characters, a lot of laughs, and a chance to see our own relationships — with our mothers, our children, and ourselves — in a new and refreshing light. — Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

“The Last White Man” by Mohsin Hamid

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Available at Amazon, $18.20

Expansive and eye-opening, Mohsin Hamid’s novels confront issues of race, class, and migration with a dash of magic and genuine inquisition. In “Exit West,” lovers fled the violence that surrounded them by stepping through doors that quite literally opened to safety somewhere else. In his latest, “The Last White Man,” Hamid dissects the state of race by exploring a world in which people wake up with different colored skin, and thus, are treated differently by their neighbors, the media, their partners, and their family. Throughout this slim love story, the question of identity lurks everywhere, as white people become brown and the world changes around them. With cool steadiness, Hamid’s tale is a reminder that we, as individuals and as a society, have invented racism. This is a book you can read in one sitting, but I promise you, it will stick with you longer after that. — Al Woodworth, Amazon Editor

“Thank You for Listening” by Julia Whelan

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Available at Amazon, $14.39

Julie Whelan, the much-loved, real-life audiobook narrator, is back with her second book, “Thank You for Listening.” I’m not sure I trust anyone else to tell this funny and heartwarming story centered around Sewanee, an award-winning audiobook narrator who loves her job, as long as it doesn’t include one specific genre, romance. But soon Sewanee receives a request from a popular author in that genre, who she has collaborated with in the past, to do one last project. And the thing is, this was the author’s dying wish and it pays handsomely, making it hard to say no. The project is also a collaboration with audiobook royalty — the sexy, yet mysterious male narrator beloved by romance fans, yet new and unknown to Sewanee. Complex relationships with her beloved grandmother, stubborn dad, and wistful best friend, compounded with Sewanee’s unresolved feelings about the accident that took her away from her original career — acting — adds texture to the story. And Sewanee’s wit and banter as she deals with the complexity of life makes this a delightful read. — Kami Tei, Amazon Editorial Contributor

“Alias Emma” by Ava Glass

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Available at Amazon, $24.30

Alias Emma is pure candy for those of us who love a good spy story — this is a novel you’ll struggle to put down. Expertly paced, readers ride a wave of action at breakneck speed in this modern twist on an old-school Cold War thriller. Emma Makepeace is a lower-level Secret Service agent when she’s tapped to convince a Russian target, a handsome doctor named Michael Primalov, to enter what amounts to a witness protection program. The Russians want him desperately and will go to great lengths to get him, but Emma is on this rescue mission alone. Undercover operatives, shootouts, high-speed car chases, and some romantic tension follow, as Emma navigates the city of London with Primalov in tow. Makepeace is a welcome new face in the fictional world of British secret agents and what she lacks in luxury sports cars and high-tech gadgets, she makes up for with grit and courage. The first of a planned new series, I can’t wait to see where Emma’s next assignment takes her. — Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

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12 works of nonfiction you need to read this summer – CBC. ca

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From fascinating memoirs to absorbing essay collections, add these Canadian and international nonfiction books to your reading list this summer.

On Account of Darkness is a book by Ian Kennedy. (Kelsey Vermeersch, Tidewater Press)

In the nonfiction book On Account of Darkness , Ian Kennedy collected over 100 years of stories about athletes who triumphed despite systemic racism. Focusing on Ontario’s Chatham-Kent region, the book explores  how  the history of sport in the region is a microcosm for the successes and challenges non-white athletes have faced for  generations  across Canada. Combining individual tales of athletes  and social commentary, Kennedy examines systemic racism and Canadian multiculturalism against the backdrop of sports history.  

Based in Erie Beach, Ont., Kennedy is a sports journalist and secondary school teacher. In 2011, he founded the  Chatham-Kent Sports Network,   an online news outlet covering both amateur and professional athletes.  

Rehearsals for Living is a book by Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. (Knopf Canada)

The concept behind the book Rehearsals for Living formed during the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. Authors Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson began writing each other letters — a gesture sparked by a desire for kinship and connection during a trying time. Rooted in Black and Indigenous perspectives on race, gender and class,   Rehearsals for Living is an epistolary dialogue about the world we live in and a need for change.

Maynard is a Montreal-based Black feminist writer, activist and educator. Maynard’s composing and work focus on documenting racist and gender-based state violence. Her debut book, Policing Black Lives , traced the underreported modern and historical realities of anti-Blackness within a Canadian context.

​Betasamosake Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, activist, musician, artist, author and member of Alderville First Nation. Her work often centres on the experiences of Indigenous Canadians. Her books include Islands associated with Decolonial Love , This Accident of Being Lost , As We Have Always Done plus Noopiming: The Cure with regard to White Ladies .

The Next Chapter 20: 04 Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on Rehearsals for Living

Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson talk to Shelagh Rogers about their guide, Rehearsals for Living.

The Naked Don’t Fear the Water is a book by Matthieu Aikins. (Kiana Hayeri, HarperCollins Canada)

Journalist Matthieu Aikins leaves behind his passport and identity to follow a young Afghan named Omar  as he leaves his war-torn country. Omar and Aikins  journey across land and sea from Afghanistan to Europe, coming face-to-face with smugglers, cops, activists and other refugees.  

The Naked Don’t Fear the Water   is really a story about friendship throughout borders, as it shines a light on the heart of the migration crisis.  

Aikins is a Canadian reporter living in Kabul  reporting on the war. He is also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone.   The Naked Don’t Fear the Water   is his first book.

Tanqueray is a memoir written by Stephanie Johnson and Brandon Stanton. (Macmillan)

The online world met Stephanie Johnson, better known as Tanqueray, in 2019 through a photograph shared across social media. Millions followed her story, photograph by photograph, as she shared snippets from  her brutal childhood to trying to make it  in a world of go-go dancers and hustlers, dirty cops and gangsters. Now, in collaboration  with photographer and co-author Brandon Stanton, Johnson shares the full story within her book,   Tanqueray .  

Johnson  is best referred to as “Tanqueray, ” the American burlesque dancer who took New York City by storm  in the ’70s  and then became an online media sensation in 2020 when photographed for Humans of New York. She lives in Manhattan.   Tanqueray   is her first book.  

Stanton is a photographer, writer and the creator of the viral social media project  People of New York. He is also the creator of the bestselling books  Humans, Human beings of New York,   and  Humans of New York: Stories   as well as the children’s book  Little Humans.  

The Power of Teamwork is a guide by Dr . Brian Goldman. (HarperCollins, CBC)

The Power of Teamwork   shows how a team approach to medicine can improve more than our healthcare systems. This new model can lead to better customer service, solidify the provision of interpersonal services to troubled youth, make professional sports teams perform better, and even help women break the glass ceiling.  

Dr . Brian Goldman is an ER doctor and a bestselling author. He is the host of CBC Radio’s  White Coat, Black Art ,   and the  CBC podcast  The particular Dose , which is about the latest in health news. Goldman comes from Toronto.

Some of My Best Friends is definitely an essay collection by Tajja Isen. (Karen Isen, Doubleday Canada )

Some of My Best Friends   is an essay collection that examines race, social justice and the limits of  good  intentions. The timely book  explores issues such the animation  industry’s pivot away from  colourblind casting, the pursuit of diverse representation in the literary world, the particular law’s refusal to see inequality,   the cozy illusions  of nationalism and more.

Born in Toronto,   Tajja  Isen  is a  writer, editor plus voice actor. Currently based in New York,   Isen  is the editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine.   Some of My Best Friends  will be her debut book. She also co-edited the essay collections  The World as We Knew It   and  The Walrus Book of True Crime.

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is the author of Son of Elsewhere. (CBC, McClelland & Stewart)

In his memoir, Elamin Abdelmahmoud recounts his experience leaving his native Sudan and moving to Kingston, Ont. Like all teens, he spent his adolescence trying to figure out who he was, but he had to do it while learning to balance a new racial identity and all the assumptions that came with being Black plus Muslim.  

Son of Elsewhere explores how our encounters and environments can define our identity and who we truly are.  

Abdelmahmoud is the host of CBC’s weekly pop culture podcast Pop Chat , co-host of CBC’s political podcasting Party Lines and a frequent culture commentator for CBC News. He’s a culture writer regarding BuzzFeed News, where he furthermore writes their daily morning newsletter, Incoming .

The Sunday Magazine 26: 01 How Elamin Abdelmahmoud found home within ‘elsewhere’ as newcomer in order to Canada

Good Mom on Paper is a book edited by Stacey May Fowles, middle, and Jen Sookfong Lee, right. (Book*Hug Press, N. Maxwell, Kyrani Kanavaro)

Good Mom on Paper is a collection of 20 essays from writers including  Heather O’Neill, Lee Maracle, Jael Richardson, Alison Pick and more. The collection is an honest and intimate exploration of the complicated relationship between motherhood and creativity. These essays examine  the often-invisible challenges of literary life as a parent and celebrate the systems that nurture writers who are mothers.

Stacey May Fowles is an award-winning journalist, essayist and  author of four books. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Elle Canada, The Walrus plus elsewhere. Fowles lives in Toronto, where she is working on the girl fourth novel and a children’s book.

Jen Sookfong Lee is a writer from Vancouver. Her books include The Conjoined , which was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize;   The Better Mother, which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award;   The End of East;   and Finding Home .

The Next Chapter 17: 06 Jen Sookfong Lee on The Shadow List Poems

Jen Sookfong Lee talks to Shelagh Rogers about her collection of poems, The particular Shadow List.

How the World Really Works by Vaclav Smil. (Viking, vaclavsmil. com)

How the World Really Works   is a nonfiction work that will looks at the lasting impact of modern science and technology. This book is a researched “reality check” as it uses data to explain seven of the most fundamental realities governing our survival and prosperity — including our dependency on fossil fuels and the legacy of globalization.

Vaclav Smil is a Canadian author and academic. He is the author associated with over 40  books with  topics including energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment plus public policy.  

Lost within the Valley of Death is a book by Harley Rustad. (Michelle Proctor, Knopf Canada)

Justin Alexander Shetler was an American who was  trained in wilderness survival. He travelled across America by motorcycle and then made his way to the Philippines, Thailand and Nepal, in search of authentic plus meaningful experiences. After several weeks of training, Justin embarked on a journey through the Parvati Valley, a remote and rugged corner of the Indian Himalayas, never to return.

Lost in the Valley of Death   is about Shetler’s  disappearance and presumed death — and the many ways we seek fulfilment in life.

Harley Rustad is a writer, journalist and editor through Salt Spring Island, B. C. He is the author of  Big Lonely Doug ,   which was shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.   Lost in the Valley of Death   is his second book.  

The Current 24: 59 Author Harley Rustad on those who look for enlightenment — and disappear — in India’s so-called Valley of Death

U. S. musician and traveller Justin Shetler went to the Parvati Area in India seeking enlightenment — but never returned. He’s one of dozens who have disappeared in the area. Canadian writer Harley Rustad explores what happened and his own journey to that part of the world in his guide Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas.

Stories I Might Regret Telling You is a book by Martha Wainwright. (Flatiron Books, Cathy Irving/CBC)

In her memoir, Martha Wainwright reflects on her tumultuous public life, her competitive relationship with her brother and the loss of her mother. She writes about finding her voice as an performer, becoming a mother herself plus making peace with the past.

Stories I Might Regret Telling You   offers a thoughtful and deeply personal look into the existence of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in music today.

Wainwright is a Canadian  musician and artist. She is the daughter of folk legends Kate McGarrigle plus Loudon Wainwright III and sister of singer Rufus Wainwright. She lives in Montreal.

The Sunday Magazine 28: 56 Martha Wainwright is usually turning the page on her family’s story

In his new collection of essays, Happy-Go-Lucky, author and humourist David Sedaris delves into some darker topics, including their relationship with his late father. (Ingrid Christie)

American writer and humorist David Sedaris is back to chronicle both the inner workings of his life and the recent upheavals in America and the world. Processing, among other things,   the death of his father, the Trump era and lifestyle in lockdown, he  captures what is most unexpected, hilarious, and poignant about love, life, tragedy and our desire for connection.   If we must live in interesting times, there is no one better to chronicle them than Sedaris.

Sedaris  is the bestselling author of several books, including  Calypso ,   Theft by Finding ,   Me Talk Pretty One Day   and  Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls .

The Sunday Magazine 24: 34 Jesse Sedaris on his father’s dying, division, and choosing one thing to be terribly, terribly offended by

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5 new books to read in August – Fortune

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A gripping biography of a 19th century robber baron, a new novel about the cost of greatness among elite professional athletes, and a droll but sincere collection of essays about the expectations of being a woman.

Here’s a selection of new books being published this month.

‘How to Navigate Life: The New Science of Finding Your Way in School, Career, and Beyond’ by Belle Liang and Timothy Klein

Courtesy of St . Martin’s Press

Available August 2

There’s no blueprint on how to live your life, but there are no shortage of books that will tell you how to do so. But not all books are alike, and  How to Navigate Life  stands out by addressing stress and anxiety for readers as young as those coming out of high school, aiming to help them get a better, more secure footing with their mental health before embarking on their collegiate and post-collegiate careers.

‘Please Sit Over There: How To Manage Power, Overcome Exclusion, and Succeed as a Black Woman at Work’ by Francine Parham

Courtesy of Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Available August 9

Francine Parham, founder plus CEO of her own eponymous consulting firm dedicated to women’s leadership and the advancement of women of color in the workplace, shares her experience and knowledge learned as a Black woman—not to mention a former global executive of two major corporations—on how to move up in the workplace while maintaining a sense of sanity. According to Parham, the key skill that Black women are rarely taught is understanding power dynamics within the organization and learning how to “shift the power” to one’s advantage. Thus, Parham outlines how to build the right relationships and how to use your voice—as well as how to pay it forward once in a position of power—to build a more fulfilling career.

‘Carrie Soto Is Back’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Courtesy of Ballantine Books

Available August 30

Publishing right in the heat of the U. S. Open, the latest novel from lauded and bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid ( The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo , Daisy Jones & The Six , in addition to Malibu Rising ) is sure to have people talking—again. Main character Carrie Soto won 20 Grand Slam titles before retiring at the height of her career. But years later, when her record will be shattered (or taken from the girl, depending on how you see it), Soto makes the controversial decision to come out of retirement (at a much older age as far as professional tennis goes) in a bid to reclaim her crown.

‘American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street’s Biggest Fortune’ by Greg Steinmetz

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Available August 30

Jay Gould started his career on Wall Street at the age of the 24, becoming notorious when he paralyzed the economy during the Black Friday market collapse of 1869 while attempting to corner the gold market—an event that remains among the darkest days in Wall Street history.

‘She’s Nice Though: Essays on Being Bad at Being Good’ simply by Mia Mercado

Courtesy of HarperOne

Obtainable August 30

Author Mia Mercado ponders the meanings behind the assumptions and even expectations of not only being a woman, but an Asian American woman living in the Midwest, where there already lots of preconceptions about being “nice, ” a concept that truly lives in the mind of the beholder. Mercado reflects on everything from her body and reality television to her dog and her high school teachers, and how all of these things influence our self-worth together with identity.

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58 Best Books Of August 2022, From Romance To Fantasy & More – Bustle

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School’s almost back in session, but the summer’s just heating up — in the bookstore, that is. This month, readers can look forward to debut novels, long-awaited sequels, fantastic works in translation, and much more.

August’s crop of new books might be one of the year’s most eclectic assortments of releases. Whether you’re looking for a graphic novel about an acting class gone wrong, a provocatively titled memoir of child stardom, the sequel to last year’s sapphic fantasy hit, or a brand-new novel of language and empire, you’re in luck.

Below, the 58 most anticipated books of August 2022.

We only include products that have been independently selected by Bustle’s editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.

1

Kismet

Aug. 1

Someone is killing the wealthy, Insta-perfect guests of a wellness spa, and Ronnie — a Queens native who followed a friend to Sedona — may be the only person able to discover the truth about the desert resort.

2

Dogs of Summer

Aug. 2

The unnamed narrator of this debut novel — originally published in 2020, and translated into English this year — is known only as Shit, the title given to her by her best friend, Isora. Coming of age in working-class families on Tenerife, far from the beachy resorts that make the island famous, Shit and Isora are anxious to grow up and explore the world outside their town. But their lives begin to spiral out of control as Isora pursues pleasure at any cost, and Shit questions how far she’s willing to go for her friend.

3

The Book Eaters

Aug. 2

Sunyi Dean’s debut novel centers on Devon, a young woman growing up on the Yorkshire Moors in a family of book eaters — people who eat books instead of food, and remember the contents of every page they consume. As a girl, Devon’s diet has consisted only of fairy tales and superstition, even as her brothers are given high-flying adventure novels to enjoy. But when she gives birth to a child who is a mind eater, she’s forced to find a way out of her family’s restrictive traditions.

4

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen

Aug. 2

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen picks up where The Nightmare Before Christmas left off. Here, newlywed Sally Skellington has just been crowned the Pumpkin Queen — a role with rules and responsibilities that recall her time in Dr. Finkelstein’s lab. Disenchanted, Sally stumbles upon the door to Dream Town, and accidentally releases a villain on Halloween Town’s unsuspecting residents. And so the new Pumpkin Queen must step up to the plate to save the town, or risk losing everyone she loves — and herself — forever.

5

How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying)

Aug. 2

Astrid, an aspiring med student, has a plan for her life — down to the day, the hour, the minute. All that changes, though, when she starts going out with her chaotic former classmate, Max, whose work as the superhero Kid Comet constantly disrupts Astrid’s meticulously planned schedule. Now, Astrid has to balance her studies and her relationship with Max — all while making sure she doesn’t become his nemeses’ next victim.

6

The Women Could Fly

Aug. 2

Lakewood author Megan Giddings’ new novel is set in an alternate reality in which witches are regularly put on trial. The story centers on Jo, a young Black woman whose mother disappeared when she was just a teenager. Now approaching her 30th birthday — the date on which all unmarried women must agree to be monitored by the Bureau of Witchcraft — Jo finds herself disillusioned with her boyfriend and continually frustrated by her feelings for her best friend. Desperate and fearful of losing her independence, Jo plans a trip to a mysterious island linked to the inheritance her mother left behind.

7

The Rabbit Hutch

Aug. 2

The Rabbit Hutch follows one week in the life of Blandine, a teenager living in a dying Rust Belt town. Blandine recently aged out of the foster-care system, and now lives in a dilapidated apartment building with three boys in the same situation. Together, these four teens struggle to get their bearings in a world that was not built for them — but as pressure mounts on the group, things quickly begin to spiral toward violence.

8

Husband Material

Aug. 2

Alexis Hall’s follow-up to Boyfriend Material is Husband Material. Here, fake-daters-turned-real-boyfriends Luc and Oliver are forced to weather a very busy wedding season while debating where their own relationship is headed.

9

The Last White Man

Aug. 2

Exit West author Mohsin Hamid returns to stores this month with The Last White Man. Here, white people across the globe are affected by a strange phenomenon: their skin is turning darker, without explanation. Together, a pair of white lovers and their widowed parents must navigate these strange waters of identity and prejudice.

10

The Devil Takes You Home

Aug. 2

After his daughter’s medical bills leave the family mired in debt, Mario becomes a hitman to make ends meet — and throws himself even further into the criminal underworld when he’s unable to save either his daughter or his marriage. But as he goes deeper down the rabbit hole, this newly minted contract killer discovers a world full of monsters he never imagined were real.

11

Mika in Real Life

Aug. 2

From the author of Tokyo Ever After comes Mika in Real Life. The story here follows Mika, a 35-year-old woman, and Penny, the daughter Mika gave up for adoption 16 years ago. When Penny reaches out for the first time, Mika’s life is falling apart — but she wants to be the kind of biological parent Penny can be proud of. So she does the only thing she can think of: She lies. As she comes to care for both Penny and her adoptive father, though, Mika must decide what’s more important — keeping up appearances, or honesty and openness.

12

Long Past Summer

Aug. 2

An emotionally charged novel in the vein of The Mothers and An American Marriage, Noué Kirwan’s Long Past Summer centers on Mikaela, a small-town Black girl turned big-city lawyer. Mikaela likes to think she’s put her adolescence behind her, but she’s put on a collision course with the past when a picture of herself and her high school best friend — who’s now married to Mikaela’s first love — lands on the cover of a major magazine.

13

Mercury Pictures Presents

Aug. 2

Fifteen years ago, Maria Lagana left Fascist Italy for Hollywood and made a career for herself as a B-movie producer. But with America about to enter WWII, her European past has never felt more present.

14

All This Could Be Different

Aug. 2

Sneha graduated during the Great Recession, but was lucky to land one of the few entry-level jobs available in corporate America. Even if the going isn’t easy, she’s making it work: getting her friends jobs at the same company, sending money to her recently deported parents, and nurturing a romantic relationship with another woman. And yet, no matter how hard she tries, there are some things she can’t outrun.

15

A Girl’s Guide to Love & Magic

Aug. 2

When Cicely’s beloved aunt — a popular influencer and vodou practitioner — is possessed on the eve of Cicely’s birthday, the Haitian American teen must rally her allies, including her best friend and her biggest crush, to save her.

16

The Hookup Plan

Aug. 2

The latest installment in Farrah Rochon’s Boyfriend Project series is The Hookup Plan. Here, a pediatric surgeon buckling under the demands of her high-stress job decides to follow her friends’ suggestion to find a no-strings-attached fling… and ends up hooking up with her onetime rival, Drew, at their high school reunion. For a while, Drew’s just the distraction London needs. But once she learns that he’s been tapped to decide the fate of her hospital, things get a lot more heated, and not in a good way.

17

Fault Tolerance

Aug. 2

The long-awaited third book in Valerie Valdes’ Chilling Effect series is out this month. Fault Tolerance finds Captain Eva Innocente and the rest of La Sirena Negra’s crew faced with an unknown force that threatens to destroy all life in the Universe. The key to humanity’s salvation may lie in an unexplored region of space, but before they can reach it, the crew will have to defeat a deadly mercenary.

18

Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution

Aug. 9

A Teen Vogue columnist reckons with her personal connection to American feminism in Bad Sex. After growing up in the shadow of her mother — famous Second Wave feminist Ellen Willis — Nona Willis Aronowitz found herself living the white-picket-fence life her mom’s contemporaries railed against. When Aronowitz was thrust back into the dating pool at the end of her marriage, though, she turned to her mother’s writing for guidance.

19

Widowland

Aug. 9

Set in an alternate past in which the Nazis took over England and the Third Reich survived World War II, Widowland centers on Rose, a Ministry of Culture employee tasked with writing anti-fascist ideas out of English literary classics. As the coronation of King Edward VIII and Queen Wallis approaches, however, Rose is given a new mission: go undercover in Widowland — the slums housing single women over 50 — and root out any subversive activity before the big event.

20

The Portable Anna Julia Cooper

Aug. 9

Anna Julia Cooper — one of the most influential and oft-overlooked Black scholars — wrote and published one of the earliest Black feminist texts, A Voice from the South, in 1892. Editor Shirley Moody-Turner collects the entirety of A Voice from the South in this new tome, along with many of Cooper’s other previously unpublished plays, poems, articles, and letters.

21

The Family Remains

Aug. 9

In this sequel to The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewell returns her attention to the case of mass suicide that haunted that previous novel. This time, bones connected to the old case have washed up from the Thames, and Lucy Lamb’s carefully reconstructed life may be about to come crashing down around her.

22

Mother in the Dark

Aug. 9

Moving between the past and a few short days in the present, Mother in the Dark explores the tense relationship between Anna — an Italian American New Yorker who grew up in Boston — and her mother, Diana, who began showing symptoms of mental illness when Anna and her sisters were young.

23

I’m Glad My Mom Died

Aug. 9

Jennette McCurdy, onetime star of Nickelodeon’s iCarly and Sam & Cat, recounts her complicated road to fame — and decision to leave the spotlight — in I’m Glad My Mom Died. Raised by a stage parent who loved being a stage parent, McCurdy experienced disordered eating and mental illness earlier than many. In her memoir, she offers an unflinching look at the child-star machine.

24

Furysong

Aug. 9

The final book in Rosaria Munda’s Aurelian Cycle, Furysong picks up with Annie, Lee, Griff, and Delo as they’re scattered to the winds following a major blow to their resistance efforts. And Lee finds himself at a crossroads when an unlikely ally approaches him with plans for a coup, forcing him to choose between reuniting with the Guardians and forging his own path.

25

Blood Like Fate

Aug. 9

Liselle Sambury continues Voya’s story in this sequel to Blood Like Magic. Now acting as the head of her family — after paying a steep cost to tap into her magical powers — Voya finds her list of allies shrinking. The boy she loves thinks she murdered his father; her family blames her for the loss of her grandmother; and her ancestors aren’t answering her prayers. But when a vision of her coven’s destruction comes to her, Voya must find a way to lead her family out of perdition, even as they remain reluctant to trust her.

26

A Map for the Missing

Aug. 9

When his father vanishes from his tiny hometown, Yitian, a Chinese American man, must travel back to China to discern the cause of his disappearance. There, Yitian turns to his ex-lover, the Shanghai-born wife of a bureaucrat, for help. In doing so, he opens the floodgates to memories of their shared past — and painful conversations about where they parted ways.

27

The Memory Index

Aug. 9

Ravaged by a disease that impedes memory processing, humanity is forced to use artificial means to access their lived experiences. Some, known as “recollectors,” only need these treatments once a day; “degens,” on the other hand, require much more frequent use. In this strange new world, Freya, a teenage degen, searches for answers to the mystery of her father’s murder. She thinks she’s been given a lifeline when she’s placed in a trial for a new memory drug — but when Freya discovers she’s the only degen among 500 recollectors in the study, she begins to question why she was chosen to participate.

28

Dead-End Memories

Aug. 9

This 2003 short-story collection from Japan’s Banana Yoshimoto — one of the finest authors writing today — lands on U.S. bookshelves this month. Here, women recovering from trauma and tragedy must find new ways of interacting with a society that expects them to be well.

29

American Fever

Aug. 16

Hira, a 16-year-old Pakistani exchange student spending a year in small-town Oregon, takes center stage in Dur e Aziz Amna’s clever debut. Hira was prepared to find everything about her host country bewildering and disappointing — but just as she begins to see that things in the U.S. aren’t so bad, a personal tragedy lands in her lap, separating her from the town at large.

30

Acting Class

Aug. 16

Sabrina author Nick Drnaso returns to stores this month with Acting Class. Here, a drama teacher who calls himself John Smith takes on a class of 10 mostly unrelated adults, each of whom has personal problems that are just beginning to bubble to the surface. As the charismatic Smith demands more and more from his students, the class struggles to separate fact from fiction, and their fragile senses of self start to crumble.

31

Run Time

Aug. 16

Adele, a soap opera actor looking to revive her career with a pivot to film, has just been cast in a new horror film from Hollywood darling Steve Dade. She reluctantly returns to Ireland for the shoot, wary that the ghosts of her past will catch up with her — and her fears only mount when she finds herself stuck the secluded forests of West Cork in the middle of winter. Before long, strange events begin to plague the production, and Dade’s leading lady gets caught in a fight for her life.

32

Benevolence

Aug. 16

In her debut novel, Darug author Julie Janson traces the history of European violence in Australia. The story centers on Muraging — a 10-year-old Darug girl living in 19th-century Australia, who’s taken from her father and placed in a residential school designed to sever her from her Aboriginal tribal culture. After six years, Muraging escapes and attempts to make her way in an increasingly colonized world.

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Amy & Lan

Aug. 16

On an English farm run by three families, two young children — the eponymous Amy Connell and Lachlan Honey — come of age surrounded by people and animals, love and loss. Their parents bought the land together, in the hopes of living out a pastoral fantasy — but what initially makes for an idyllic childhood soon gives way to infighting.

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Paul

Aug. 16

From the poet behind Life Without Air comes Paul, a claustrophobic novel about a British grad student’s problematic romance. Paul, a former anthropologist, runs an eco-farm where Frances — a 21-year-old student fleeing a destabilizing incident in Paris — is set to spend a week sorting out her thoughts. Within the week, she’s in Paul’s bed… and under his spell.

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Witches

Aug. 16

After a transgender curandera named Paloma is murdered, journalist Zoe sets out from Mexico City to investigate. Her search leads her to Feliciana, Paloma’s cousin and protegée, who’s now serving the village of San Felipe as a folk healer and wisewoman. Together, Zoe and Feliciana begin a dialogue that questions the state of womanhood in a country grappling with colonized values.

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Echoes of Grace

Aug. 16

After a pair of tragedies leave them reeling, sisters Graciela and Mercedes Torres scrabble to find meaning and stability amid the rubble of their once-solid life. For Graciela, who is missing memories from one fateful week in her childhood, the trauma begins to manifest as a series of mysterious visions connected to Mercedes.

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The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy

Aug. 16

Astrophysicist, folklorist, and Exolore host Moiya McTier gives the galaxy a voice in The Milky Way. With a cast of characters as varied as the stars, McTier lays out how our little corner of the Universe came to be… and how it might someday end.

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Dance with the Devil

Aug. 16

The third installment in Kit Rocha’s Mercenary Librarians series is Dance with the Devil. Here, Dani and Rafe find themselves searching for answers following the death of Tobias Richter, the vice president of the corporation that controls Atlanta. It’s all a lot to grapple with — and it doesn’t help that the pair’s sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife.

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The Oleander Sword

Aug. 16

In the second installment in Tasha Suri’s Burning Kingdoms series, Malini continues working to secure her claim to Parijatdvipa’s throne, while Priya tries to save Ahiranya from a plague. To accomplish their missions, the two young women will need to work together in the face of ever-mounting odds.

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Love in the Time of Serial Killers

Aug. 16

In this uproarious rom-com, a PhD candidate working on a thesis about true crime becomes convinced her seemingly mild-mannered neighbor is a serial killer. Phoebe has kept herself guarded for years, but as she searches for evidence that Sam truly is a mass murderer, she realizes the walls she’s built around her heart are deteriorating, one brick at a time.

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The Hundred Waters

Aug. 23

Years ago, former New York City model Louisa Rader settled down in Connecticut with her wealthy husband to raise their young daughter. She finds renewed purpose in championing the development of a local art center — a pursuit that brings Gabriel, an ecologically minded artist, into her orbit. The consequences ripple out from there, disrupting her and her daughter’s once staid, domestic life.

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The Ghetto Within

Aug. 23

Argentine filmmaker Santiago H. Amigorena fictionalizes the story of his grandfather, a Jewish immigrant who fled Poland for Argentina in the 1930s, in The Ghetto Within. Vicente finds community with a small group of Polish Argentinians, and soon marries Rosita and raises a family. But no amount of time in exile can snuff out Vicente’s memories of Warsaw and the mother he left behind.

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Lightlark

Aug. 23

Once every 100 years, the Centennial — a competition between the rulers of six realms — takes place on a mysterious, ephemeral island. In order to break the curses plaguing their realms, the rulers must take part in this deadly gambit… and one of them must die. Isla Crown has spent her entire life training for this event, but once she’s faced with her five opponents — some of whom are wildly attractive — Isla realizes that no amount of prep could have readied her for what the Centennial brings.

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The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy

Aug. 23

Hart and Mercy couldn’t be more different. He’s a grumpy zombie-slayer who works to keep civilians safe from the dangerous creatures of Tanria. She’s a sunshine-y undertaker whose only mission in life is to save her foundering business. They’re forever on one another’s nerves, so thank goodness for the anonymous penpals they’ve both been writing to, who seem to really get them. How long do you think it’ll take these two enemies to realize they’ve been writing to each other?

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Small Town, Big Magic

Aug. 23

Overachiever Emerson Wilde has succeeded at everything she’s ever tried, including keeping an independent bookstore afloat in tiny St. Cyprian, Missouri and becoming president of the town’s Chamber of Commerce. But when planning a local festival goes horribly awry, and the mayor — Skip Simon, her lifelong nemesis — seems to be behind the festival’s supernatural troubles, Emerson is thrust on a journey of self-discovery that will force her to harness her witchy powers or risk losing everything.

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Haven

Aug. 23

Convinced that the only way to fully commune with God is to venture into the wilderness, a 7th-century ascetic takes two young disciples to a remote island off the coast of Ireland. There, the two younger men, Cormac and Trian, must gather their wits about them to withstand the increasing pressure from their leader.

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Babel

Aug. 23

When Robin, a Chinese orphan taken in by a mysterious British linguist, is accepted to the Oxford University Royal Institute of Translation (aka “Babel”), it’s the culmination of years of training. But Babel serves a single purpose, and that’s to expand the British Empire — the institution that separated Robin from his homeland after the deaths of his parents. And when he’s recruited by a resistance movement aimed at taking down Babel from the inside, Robin realizes this may be his only chance to set things right.

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A Venom Dark and Sweet

Aug. 23

The magical adventure begun in A Magic Steeped in Poison reaches its fantastic conclusion here. Still reeling from the Banished Prince’s crimes against Dàxi, four women — the tea-mage Ning and her sister, Shu, along with Princess Zhen and her bodyguard, Ruyi — gather allies in their quest to wrest back control from a usurper with a taste for poison.

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My Government Means to Kill Me

Aug. 23

This month, screenwriter Rasheed Newson publishes his debut novel, My Government Means to Kill Me. Here, a young Black man from a well-to-do family leaves his family fortune behind to make his own way in New York City. There, he goes toe-to-toe with his landlord, Fred Trump, and helps to found ACT UP: an organization fighting to stop the spread of AIDS and end the stigma against HIV-positive people.

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Girl, Forgotten

Aug. 23

The second novel in Karin Slaughter’s Andrea Oliver series, Girl, Forgotten follows Andrea, a U.S. Marshal, as she works to solve a decades-old cold case — that of young Emily Vaughn’s death on prom night in 1982 — while also protecting a small-town judge from death threats.

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Perish

Aug. 23

In this taut, tragic novel of intergenerational trauma, a family’s matriarch lies on her deathbed. Four of her relatives — Julie B., Alex, Jan, and Lydia — come to say goodbye, leading to a tempestuous reunion and a long-overdue reckoning.

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The House of Fortune

Aug. 30

The long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s The Miniaturist, The House of Fortune returns to Amsterdam, some 20 years after the events of the first novel. This time, the story focuses on Nella Brandt’s niece, Thea, who may be forced to enter a marriage of convenience to save her family from misfortune.

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All of Our Demise

Aug. 30

The thrilling story that began in All of Us Villains comes to its stunning conclusion in All of Our Demise. With their arena crumbling around them, the remaining contestants in this magical battle royale must decide whether to uphold tradition… or overthrow it.

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The Spear Cuts Through Water

Aug. 30

From The Vanished Birds author Simon Jimenez comes The Spear Cuts Through Water. The Moon is dying. Ever since she granted one man’s wish for sons, creating a lineage of god-emperors, the Moon has been locked away beneath the palace, her beauty and light separated from the outside world. In retaliation, her lover, the Water, has plunged the world into unending drought. Now, with little time left, the Moon is ready to escape her prison and end the legacy of tyranny she helped to create.

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Suburban Hell

Aug. 30

Amy, Jess, Melissa, and Liz just wanted to build a She Shed — a place away from their kids, husbands, and the PTA. But when their humble DIY project unleashes a demonic force — one that takes hold of Liz’s body — it’ll be up to the three friends to rescue the whole neighborhood from the hell that’s fast approaching.

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The Dragon’s Promise

Aug. 30

This sequel to Six Crimson Cranes finds Princess Shiori struggling to make good on her 11th-hour promise to return the dragon’s pearl. Not only does the journey lead her through a web of intrigue and danger, but the pearl itself also seems out to get her, using its magic to help or hinder her quest at random. It’s going to take all the princess’ resources — and more than a little of her magical talent — to make it out of this one.

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Carrie Soto Is Back

Aug. 30

When Carrie Soto retired from professional tennis six years ago, she boasted a whopping 20 Grand Slam titles and every record worth holding. So when an up-and-coming tennis star looks poised to break Carrie’s records on the court, the 37-year-old former star decides to come back for one last season to secure her legacy, once and for all.

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A Taste of Gold and Iron

Aug. 30

Alexandra Rowland’s engrossing fantasy standalone centers on Kadou, the queen’s anxious younger brother, who’s embroiled in a major incident when his devoted attendant and lover threatens the queen’s paramour. Assigned a new guardian, the taciturn Evemer, and desperate to prove himself, Kadou launches an investigation into a counterfeiting scheme that can be traced to the very heart of the palace.

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Best books 2022: 25 new releases you need to add to your summer reading list – HELLO!

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Summer is well and truly here and we can’t think of anything better than sitting  down with a good book , be it while laying on a beach on holiday or just in the back garden on a gorgeous sunny day!

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From the latest releases for bestselling authors to dazzling new debuts not to be missed, here are our best picks for the summer associated with 2022…

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, £12. 00, Amazon

If you’re a fan of Where’d You Go, Bernadette a nd The Marvelous Mrs Maisel , we guarantee you’ll love this charming debut set in 1960s California. It tells the story of a frustrated female scientist whose career takes a detour when she becomes the star of a beloved TV cooking show.

Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola

Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola, £12. 76, Amazon

We couldn’t be more obsessed with Bolu Babalola’s writing and love her newest novel Honey plus Spice , which takes two of our favourite romance tropes – enemies to lovers and fake dating – to the next level. It will make you laugh, cry and most importantly, weak at the knees.

This Way Out by Tufayel Ahmed

This Way Out simply by Tufayel Ahmed, £4. 99, Amazon

Amar and Joshua are engaged after two years of dating and they couldn’t be happier – but there’s just one problem. Amar hasn’t told his strict Bangladeshi Muslim family that he’s gay and when he accidentally-on-purpose announces it within the family WhatsApp group, everything changes. Exploring the themes of coming out, grief, religion and self-love, this glittering debut is not to be missed.

The particular Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, £7. 49, Amazon

Dubbed this generation’s Agatha Christie, Lucy Foley has done it again with her newest book, which is an  utterly addictive murder mystery set deep in the heart of the Parisian district of Montmartre. Once again, everyone’s a suspect and everyone knows something they’re not telling.

Girl A by Abigail Dean

Girl A by Abigail Dean, £7. 00, Amazon

If you love nothing more than escaping into a dark crime thriller while the sun shines, then Girl A by Abigail Dean should shoot straight to the top of your To Be Read pile. It’s a real page-turner and tells the story of one young girl’s survival after escaping what the media have dubbed the ‘House of Horrors’.

Elektra by Jennifer Saint

Elektra by Jennifer Saint, £11. 33, Amazon

Love a Greek myth? You won’t want to give this particular new one, by the author of last year’s Ariadne, a miss. Turning her talent for writing spellbinding reimaginings to the origins from the Trojan War and one of the most infamous heroines in Greek mythology, Jennifer Saint explores the themes of revenge, fate and how suffering will be passed down generations.

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid, £12. 99, Amazon

Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again with her powerful new novel, which sees a legendary athlete attempt a comeback when the world considers her past the girl prime. Tennis player Carrie Soto (you may recognise the character from Malibu Rising) is determined to prove everyone wrong and reclaim her grand slam winning record after a younger player beats her.

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh, £12. 09, Amazon

If you frequent the #booktok on TikTok, chances are you’ve heard of the wildly talented – and polarising — author Ottessa Moshfegh, best known for her 2018 nove l My Year of Rest and Relaxation. She’s now back with a new novel which we can say with confidence is unlike anything she’s written before. Set in a medieval village, it’s a rollercoaster ride exploring the themes of poverty, religion and greed.

Sorrow and Bliss  by Meg Mason

Sorrow and Bliss  simply by Meg Mason, £4. 50, Amazon

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever plus beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day associated with her adult life by her husband. So why is usually everything broken? Exploring the issue of long-term mental illness, Sorrow and Bliss is both devastating and devastatingly honest and funny.

People Person simply by Candice Carty-Williams

People Person by Candice Carty-Williams, £9. 81, Amazon . com

Candice Carty-Williams fans have been waiting a long time for her follow-up to 2019’s Queenie , and it has finally arrived! People Person tells the story of Dimple Perrington as she gets to know her five distant half-siblings after a dramatic event forces them together. Just like Queenie , it’s laugh-out-loud funny and impossible to put down.

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Wet Paint by Chloe Ashby

Wet Paint by Chloe Ashby, £11. 33, Amazon

Since the death of her best friend, twenty-six-year-old Eve has learned to keep everything and everyone at arm’s length until a chance encounter at work brings the girl past thundering into her present.

Notes on Heartbreak by Annie Lord

Notes on Heartbreak by Annie Lord, £12. 40, Amazon

If you enjoyed Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love , chances are you’re going to adore Notes on Heartbreak by Vogue’s dating columnist Annie Lord. From the love story told in reverse, starting with a devastating break-up and going on to explore every iteration of love that will Annie has experienced . It’s sure to resonate with anyone who has ever nursed a broken heart.

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Idol by Louise O’Neill

Idol by Louise O’Neill, £6. 00, Amazon

Interrogating our relationship with our heroes and exploring the world of online influencers, Idol is one in order to recommend to your social media-addicted friends. It tells the story of Samantha Miller, who is living a life that her three million followers can only dream of – until a viral essay causes everything to come crashing down.

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley 

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley, £13. 99, Amazon . com

Kiara Johnson does not know what it is to live as a normal seventeen-year-old. With her mother in a rehab facility and the girl older brother spending most of his time in a recording studio, she fends for herself. That is until what begins as a drunken misunderstanding with a stranger turns into the job Kiara never imagined wanting but now desperately needs: nightcrawling.

The Ballast Seed by Rosie Kinchen

The Ballast Seed by Rosie Kinchen, £13. 47, Amazon

The particular Ballast Seed by Rosie Kinchen is a gorgeous memoir about an unexpected pregnancy. Terrified at the prospect of bringing another child into her already precariously balanced life, Rosie is definitely soon plunged into a deep depression until she finds solace and comfort in tending a hidden urban garden in her South East London neighbourhood.

Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman

Pandora by Leslie Stokes-Chapman, £11. 69, Amazon

Set in London in 1799, Pandora tells the story associated with Dora Blake, who lives with her uncle in what used to be her parents’ famed shop of antiquities. When a mysterious Greek vase can be delivered, Dora is immediately intrigued, her uncle suspicious and the whole thing sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and love. One for fans of historical fiction.

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdeza

Take My Hand simply by Dolen Perkins-Valdeza, £11. 33, Amazon

Inspired by true events that rocked America, Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdeza is a profoundly moving novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on the terrible wrong done to her patients. It’s a powerful plus heartbreaking read.

Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan

Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan, £7. 15, Amazon

Acts associated with Desperation simply by Megan Nolan is a story about obsession, toxic relationships, and, well, desperation. It follows an unnamed twenty-something narrator as she falls for an aloof but handsome man by the name of Ciaran after meeting at an art gallery opening.

Forever Young by Hannah Strong

Forever Young by Hannah Strong, £25. 75, Amazon

Forever Young by Hannah Strong is more of a coffee table book than something you would want to be lugging to the beach, yet that’s why we think it’s perfect for those languid summer days when you want to do nothing more than lazing around the house. Escape into the sun-drenched world of Sofia Coppola’s films with this beautifully illustrated and masterly written review of the Oscar winner’s work.

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, £4. fifty, Amazon

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Great Circle simply by Maggie Shipstead tells the particular unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost, through a Hollywood star playing her in a film in the present day. Completely engrossing from the first page, you won’t be able to put it down.

Send Nudes by Sabas Sams

Send Nudes by Sabas Sams, £11. 68, Amazon . com

Send Nudes is a perfect pick for those that love short stories that pack the punch. In ten addictive stories, Saba Sams dives into the world of girlhood and its contradictions and complexities.

Ghost Lover by Lisa Taddeo

Ghost Lover by Lisa Taddeo, £12. 39, Amazon

The bestselling writer of Three Women and Animal returns with nine riveting short stories which bring to life the fever of obsession, the blindness of love, and the mania of grief.  

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy 

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy, £12. 48, Amazon

Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, Trespasses by Louise Kennedy follows a young woman as she is caught between allegiance with her community and a dangerous passion.

Isaac and the Egg simply by Bobby Palmer 

Isaac and the Egg by Bobby Palmer, £13. 19, Amazon

If you’re looking for something unlike something you’ve read before, then add Isaac as well as the Egg by Bobby Palmer to your to-read pile immediately! It tells the story of the broken man’s transformative journey a fter this individual walks into the woods on the worst morning of their life. While there, he or she finds something there that will change everything.

This is Not a Pity Memoir by Abi Morgan

This is Not a Pity Memoir by Abi Morgan, £11. 33, Amazon

From the hugely talented creator associated with BBC drama The Split comes a heartbreaking memoir about what happens when the person you love most no longer recognises you following a devastating incident that will left her husband comatose and with no memory of their marriage.

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Acts of Service simply by Lillian Fishman

Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman, £9. 39, Amazon

Acts of Service is a provocative debut set in contemporary New York, this follows a twenty-something woman as she pursues sexual freedom that follows no lines other than her own desire.

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Here Are the 12 New Books You Should Read in August – TIME

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I f August represents the last delicious dregs of summer, the right books will help you savor it. Mika in Real Life packs in more than enough laugh-out-loud relatability and stirring romance to satisfy those looking for one last beach read. Walking Gentry Home , A Map For the Missing , and Afterlives all ground readers in the specificity of history—a Black matriarchal family tree, China during and after the Cultural Revolution , and East Africa amidst German colonization —fixing us in pockets of time. And the folk magic of Witches offers an enchanting distraction from the coming end of the season.

Here, the best new books to read in August.

The Last White Man , Mohsin Hamid (Aug. 2)

Anders, a young white man, wakes up one morning to find that he has turned “a deep and undeniable brown. ” At first, he shares the discovery only with Oona, his old friend turned new lover, but soon the whole town starts to transition. Both Anders’ plus Oona’s parents struggle with the particular seemingly inevitable change, yet once the titular last white man—Anders’ father—dies, people begin to forget that whiteness ever existed. Author Mohsin Hamid told Oprah Daily that all of his characters experience the loss of whiteness in different ways, and a “profound destabilization” emerges. “There is a basic human desire to be led away from destabilization, ” Hamid said. “But also a vital need to take an imaginary journey through it. ”

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Mika in Real Life , Emiko Jean (Aug. 2)

Mika Suzuki doesn’t have her life together. The 35-year-old just lost her latest dead-end job, the girl last relationship went up in flames, and she isn’t getting along with her parents. Enter: Penny Calvin, the daughter Mika gave up for adoption 16 years ago. When Penny contacts her out of the blue, Mika is desperate to impress her, so she weaves a precarious web of white lies involving an art gallery and a hunky boyfriend. Once that internet unravels, Mika is left to figure out whether she can reconnect with the curious, headstrong Penny and find herself in the process.

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Walking Gentry Home , Alora Young (Aug. 2)

At just 19, Alora Young, former Youth Poet Laureate of the Southern United States, has written a lyrical debut book in verse that traces her matrilineal family history through time. She starts with Amy, the first of her foremothers to arrive in Tennessee; next is Gentry, Young’s great-grandmother who was driven into marriage at 14; and finally, there is Young’s own mother, a teenage beauty queen. “The only way to tell this story is through poetry, ” Young writes , “because Black girlhood is eternally laced along with rhythm, from the Negro hymns Amy Coleman whispered as she bore her enslaver’s child to the rhythm of the gospel my mother sang at fifteen when she was hailed a child prodigy. ”

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A Map For the Missing , Belinda Huijuan Tang (Aug. 9)

In Belinda Huijuan Tang’s engrossing debut novel, we meet Tang Yitian, who emigrated from China to the U. S. two decades ago to pursue his graduate studies. But when Yitian receives a frantic phone call from his mother reporting that his estranged father has gone missing, he hastily returns to his rural hometown. There, he reconnects with Tian Hanwen, a childhood friend and former lover who once shared his interest in learning. As the pair embarks on a quest to find out what happened to Yitian’s father, Yitian must also contend with familial strain, his sense of identity, and the meaning associated with home.

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I’m Glad My Mom Died , Jennette McCurdy (Aug. 9)

Jennette McCurdy had her first acting audition when she was 6 years old. For 15 years, the girl mother restricted her calorie intake, criticized her appearance, and monitored her diaries, email, income, and even her showers. Now, the iCarly star has written a darkly funny memoir about the fraught relationship, reflecting on her late mother’s behaviors with empathy and insight. After recovering from bulimia and alcohol abuse, quitting acting, and working through therapy, McCurdy tells a story of healing.

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Elizabeth Finch , Julian Barnes (Aug. 16)

Neil is enthralled by Professor Elizabeth Finch, the teacher of “Culture and Civilization, ” a class not for college students but for adults of all ages. It’s no ordinary course, nor is Finch an ordinary professor; author Julian Barnes writes her as singular and vivid, reserved yet commanding. The student and the professor strike up a friendship of sorts, and after Finch dies, Neil takes it upon himself to become a historian of his history instructor.

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Witches: A Novel , Brenda Lopez, translation by Heather Cleary (Aug. 16)

Zoe, a journalist through Mexico City, is exhausted by endless assignments about rape and femicide. Nevertheless, she agrees to take on an investigation about Paloma, a murdered traditional healer, or curandera, from the mountain village of San Felipe. In San Felipe, Zoe meets Feliciana, another curandera, who also happens to be Paloma’s cousin. Through Feliciana, Zoe begins to unearth the story of the cousins’ struggle to establish themselves as curanderas in a patriarchal family.

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Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future associated with America’s Overdose Crisis , Beth Macy (Aug. 16)

Beth Macy , the acclaimed author of Dopesick , follows up her 2018 book with another deeply reported account from the dark forces at play behind America’s opioid crisis—this time focusing on the ordinary people fighting back against them. While addiction rates have skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic, harm reductionists, activists, plus frontline workers have been working against stigmatization and toward real and sustainable change.

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Afterlives , Abdulrazak Gurnah (Aug. 23)

Abdulrazak Gurnah , winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, weaves the stories of three East Africans—Ilyas, Afiya, and Hamza—into a rich, detailed tapestry. Ilyas was kidnapped by the German colonial army when he was a boy. After returning home to find his sister, Afiya, he leaves again to join the schutztruppe, a group of African mercenaries who serve the German empire. Hamza had also joined the particular Germans as a mercenary, but quickly realizes his mistake, and returns home from war to meet—and fall for—Afiya. These three separate storylines tangle together in order to probe the violence of European colonialism.

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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution , R. F. Kuang (Aug. 23)

In The Poppy War writer R. F. Kuang’s latest, a work of dark academia, she chronicles the rise of a Chinese orphan studying at Babel, Oxford University’s prestigious (and fictional) Royal Institute of Translation. The particular protagonist has ditched their given name and dubbed himself Robin Swift at the insistence of professor Richard Lovell, an Oxford sinologist. That’s not the only strange occurrence at the institute. Against a backdrop of miracle and lore, Robin slowly begins to realize that serving Babel also may mean forsaking his motherland.

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Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta , James Hannaham (Aug. 30)

The Fourth associated with July looks a lot different for Carlotta this year—after two decades in prison, where she transitioned and faced abuse from fellow inmates and correctional officers alike, she’s finally out and ready to go home. But home has changed in her absence, as well as the bold, brash, and bitingly hilarious protagonist seeks to come to terms with the Fort Greene, Brooklyn that the girl left behind. Hannaham’s novel has drawn comparisons to Ulysses with its style, specificity, and snapshot framing .

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Carrie Soto Is Back , Taylor Jenkins Reid (Aug. 30)

In Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest novel, retired tennis legend Carrie Soto aims to make a triumphant return to the sport she once changed forever, winning 20 Grand Slam singles titles and earning the media nickname “the Battle Axe” for her brutal playing style and icy demeanor. A new contender has come along to threaten the girl record, so Carrie, now 37, returns to the court—alongside her father and lifelong coach, Javier—to defend her record and her legacy.

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13 New Books Coming in August – The New York Times

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An investigation into the overdose epidemic by Beth Macy; new fiction from Abdulrazak Gurnah, Banana Yoshimoto, Mohsin Hamid and Anthony Marra — and plenty more.

Gurnah, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature last year , often deals with themes of exile and displacement in his writing. His latest novel, set in East Africa under German rule in the 1900s, follows three characters: Ilyas, who joins the German troops; his sister, Afiya, who is raised by his best friend after he leaves; and Hamza, another former soldier who returns from the war and falls in love with Afiya.

One of Edie Sedgwick’s sisters dives in to the star’s life and career in this deeply personal history. “I’m trying to figure out exactly what happened when Edie got together with Andy [Warhol], ” she writes. “I want to understand what he was up to, because right now it seems to me that when the two of them got together something was set in motion that led to the present that we are all living out. ”

First published within Japan in 2003, and newly available here, this collection offers plenty of Yoshimoto’s signature themes: lonely women, betrayal, relationship upsets — and grace, too.

In this debut novel, the only woman in her Tokyo office fakes a pregnancy to avoid undesirable tasks at work. As she gets deeper to the lie (disguising a growing belly, tracking the development of her “baby”), the story takes on an utterly absurd dimension — all the better to explore discrimination and double standards.

A new novel from the author of “ The Sense of an Ending ” plus “ Flaubert’s Parrot ” centers on a charismatic, if enigmatic, professor and her lifelong impact on a former student.

In her heyday, Kiki de Montparnasse was a star in Paris’s bohemian quarter: a Surrealist film star, a celebrated painter and an incandescent nightclub star. But now, she’s often eclipsed by the girl relationship with Man Ray. This biography reminds readers of her artistic achievements in her own right — she may have been Man Ray’s muse, but that’s not all — and delves deeper into their relationship.

With this latest novel by the author of “Exit West, ” Anders, a white man, wakes up to realize his skin color has changed to “a deep and undeniable brown. ” As more people in the community start to undergo similar transformations, it sets off a reckoning about power and justice.

In 1940s Los Angeles, Maria works as a producer for a foundering film studio after fleeing Italy years earlier. Her boss, Artie, is down on his luck: Money is running out, he’s at odds with his business partners — and that was before he was summoned to testify in front of Congress. As World War II breaks out, the studio becomes a refuge for all manner of exiles — actors, writers, émigrés.

What happens when the parent-child relationship is inverted? Tillman, a novelist and critic, cared for her mother as she neared death, and in this book she captures her shifting feelings and responsibilities in unsparing detail.

In this book, a Chicago comedian contends with unthinkable tragedy: A sinkhole opens up under the Art Institute, killing nearly his entire family. In the midst of their grief, he intersects with a longtime fan who works at the mayor’s office. There is plenty of heartache, city politicking and humor — as well as moving passages from the point of view of a neurotic parrot. ”.

Within this debut novel, a queer young Black man leaves behind his comfortable family life in Indianapolis and heads to New York in the 1980s, which provides a thrilling, occasionally enraging, political and societal backdrop for his coming-of-age.

Macy’s 2018 book, “ Dopesick , ” traced Purdue Pharma’s role in the opioid crisis. Here she focuses on the people fighting overdoses on the front lines — nurse practitioners, ministers — who refuse to stigmatize addiction.

Carrère had hoped to write “a subtle little book on yoga, ” he notes in this semi-autobiographical new novel. But the story is about far more: the dissolution of his romantic relationship; depression and other private sorrows; and, ultimately, how meditation and writing inform one another.

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