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16 Hot Reads for August

  • FICTION

    THE ESCAPE ROOM

    AUG. 6, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

THE ESCAPE ROOM

by Megan Goldin

Cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you’ll be caught in your own escape room—the only key to... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WAREHOUSE

    AUG. 20, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE WAREHOUSE

by Rob Hart

Part video game, part Sinclair Lewis, part Michael Crichton; it adds up to a terrific puzzle. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EVERYTHING INSIDE

    AUG. 27, 2019

FICTION

EVERYTHING INSIDE

by Edwidge Danticat

An extraordinary career milestone: spare, evocative, and moving. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    INLAND

    AUG. 13, 2019

FICTION

INLAND

by Téa Obreht

The final, luminous chapter is six pages that will take your breath away. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK

    AUG. 6, 2019

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE GHOSTS OF EDEN PARK

by Karen Abbott

An entertaining tale ripped from the headlines of Jazz Age America. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TRICK MIRROR

    AUG. 6, 2019

CURRENT EVENTS & SOCIAL ISSUES

TRICK MIRROR

by Jia Tolentino

Exhilarating, groundbreaking essays that should establish Tolentino as a key voice of her generation. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE OUTLAW OCEAN

    AUG. 20, 2019

NONFICTION

THE OUTLAW OCEAN

by Ian Urbina

A swift-moving, often surprising account of the dangers that face sailors and nations alike on the lawless tide. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    PUMPKINHEADS

    AUG. 27, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

PUMPKINHEADS

by Rainbow Rowell ; illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks ; Sarah Stern

A heartwarming, funny story filled with richness and complexity. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    AS MANY NOWS AS I CAN GET

    AUG. 20, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

AS MANY NOWS AS I CAN GET

by Shana Youngdahl

Lovely, evocative, unadorned writing shines in this smart, poignant story that serious teen readers shouldn’t miss Full review >

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  • TEEN

    NOT HUNGRY

    AUG. 1, 2019

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

NOT HUNGRY

by Kate Karyus Quinn

Rhythm, repetition, and carefully crafted writing relate the challenges of a teen girl reluctant readers would love to... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BEST FRIENDS

    AUG. 27, 2019

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

BEST FRIENDS

by Shannon Hale ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham with Hillary Sycamore

This glimpse into middle school is insightful, introspective, and important Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    EACH TINY SPARK

    AUG. 6, 2019

CHILDREN'S

EACH TINY SPARK

by Pablo Cartaya

A pitch-perfect middle-grade novel that insightfully explores timely topics with authenticity and warmth. Full review >

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