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16 Best Books To Read in August

  • FICTION

    LUSTER

    AUG. 4, 2020

FICTION

LUSTER

by Raven Leilani

Sharp, strange, propellant—and a whole lot of fun. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NIGHTSHADE

    AUG. 20, 2020

FICTION

NIGHTSHADE

by Annalena McAfee

A brilliant character study encased in a gripping plot with a fabulous final twist. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A HOUSE IS A BODY

    AUG. 11, 2020

  • FICTION

    A SAINT FROM TEXAS

    AUG. 4, 2020

FICTION

A SAINT FROM TEXAS

by Edmund White

Proust meets John Irving in this grand and delightful comedy of manners. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    LIFE OF A KLANSMAN

    AUG. 4, 2020

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

LIFE OF A KLANSMAN

by Edward Ball

An illuminating contribution to the literature of race and racism in America. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE

    AUG. 4, 2020

NONFICTION

OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE

by Jonathan C. Slaght

Top-notch nature writing in service of a magnificent, vulnerable creature. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CASTE

    AUG. 11, 2020

NONFICTION

CASTE

by Isabel Wilkerson

A memorable, provocative book that exposes an American history in which few can take pride. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE ARSONIST

    AUG. 11, 2020

NONFICTION

THE ARSONIST

by Chloe Hooper

A gripping true-crime chronicle in which the justice is both righteous and agonizing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    TRAITOR

    AUG. 25, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

TRAITOR

by Amanda McCrina

Deftly explores poignant questions about the nature of loyalty in desperate circumstances. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE DAUGHTERS OF YS

    AUG. 11, 2020

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

THE DAUGHTERS OF YS

by M.T. Anderson ; illustrated by Jo Rioux

Intriguing and accessible, this thought-provoking tale will be new to many. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    RAYBEARER

    AUG. 18, 2020

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

RAYBEARER

by Jordan Ifueko

A fresh, phenomenal fantasy that begs readers to revel in its brilliant world. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ROWLEY JEFFERSON'S AWESOME FRIENDLY ADVENTURE

    AUG. 4, 2020

  • CHILDREN'S

    PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS

    AUG. 4, 2020

CHILDREN'S

PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS

by Tehlor Kay Mejia

A new hero’s fantastic and fantastical debut—her next appearance can’t come soon enough. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE TALK

    AUG. 11, 2020

CHILDREN'S

THE TALK

edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson

The ingredients are all here. May this magnificent collection inspire us to move from dialogue to deep action. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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