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20 Best Books To Read in July

  • FICTION

    THE GOD OF THE WOODS

    JULY 2, 2024

FICTION

THE GOD OF THE WOODS

by Liz Moore

"Don't go into the woods" takes on unsettling new meaning in Moore's blend of domestic drama and crime novel. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MASQUERADE

    JULY 2, 2024

FICTION

MASQUERADE

by O.O. Sangoyomi

An intricately woven tale inspired by West African history. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE CLIFFS

    JULY 2, 2024

FICTION

THE CLIFFS

by J. Courtney Sullivan

Sullivan artfully and astutely engages with difficult topics in this absorbing, affecting novel. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LONG ISLAND COMPROMISE

    JULY 9, 2024

FICTION

LONG ISLAND COMPROMISE

by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

A great American Jewish novel whose brew of hilarity, heartbreak, and smarts recalls the best of Philip Roth. A triumph. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE HISTORY OF SOUND

    JULY 9, 2024

FICTION

THE HISTORY OF SOUND

by Ben Shattuck

Intricately structured, powerfully emotional, beautifully written: This is as good as short fiction gets. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE BRIGHT SWORD

    JULY 16, 2024

FICTION

THE BRIGHT SWORD

by Lev Grossman

Astoundingly, a fresh take on an extremely well-trodden legend. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE SEVENTH VEIL OF SALOME

    JULY 16, 2024

FICTION

THE SEVENTH VEIL OF SALOME

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A rousing success: Moreno-Garcia proves, once again, that she is a master of her craft. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    OFF THE BOOKS

    JULY 30, 2024

FICTION

OFF THE BOOKS

by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier

A vital, enthralling debut in which devastating social commentary is delivered with a wink. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    SOMEONE LIKE US

    JULY 30, 2024

FICTION

SOMEONE LIKE US

by Dinaw Mengestu

A beguiling tale, fluently told and closely observed, that conceals as much as it reveals. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE PRESIDENTS AND THE PEOPLE

    JULY 2, 2024

HISTORY

THE PRESIDENTS AND THE PEOPLE

by Corey Brettschneider

A welcome reminder, in a time of growing repression, of the power of well-placed dissent. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE TALENTED MRS. MANDELBAUM

    JULY 2, 2024

  • NONFICTION

    THE BODY ALONE

    JULY 3, 2024

  • NONFICTION

    CRYPTO CONFIDENTIAL

    JULY 9, 2024

BUSINESS

CRYPTO CONFIDENTIAL

by Nathaniel Eliason

Essential reading for anyone playing—or thinking of playing—in the crypto sandbox. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    BLACK PILL

    JULY 9, 2024

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

BLACK PILL

by Elle Reeve

A sharp exposé that does much to explain a strange, dangerous underground movement steadily emerging into daylight. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    DEVIL'S CONTRACT

    JULY 9, 2024

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

DEVIL'S CONTRACT

by Ed Simon

Simon is an erudite, insightful guide to a story that spans centuries but still speaks to our times. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    DIE HOT WITH A VENGEANCE

    JULY 9, 2024

NONFICTION

DIE HOT WITH A VENGEANCE

by Sable Yong

Yong’s take on beauty and fashion is revealing, playful, and heartfelt. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE LUCKY ONES

    JULY 16, 2024

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE LUCKY ONES

by Zara Chowdhary

A tight, suspenseful narrative that interweaves one girl’s keen observations of family within India’s problematic history. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE RENT COLLECTORS

    JULY 16, 2024

NONFICTION

THE RENT COLLECTORS

by Jesse Katz

A masterful work of true crime—and, to be sure, true punishment. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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