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20 Best Books To Read in August

  • FICTION

    THE RABBIT HUTCH

    AUG. 2, 2022

FICTION

THE RABBIT HUTCH

by Tess Gunty

A stunning and original debut that is as smart as it is entertaining. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    PROPERTIES OF THIRST

    AUG. 2, 2022

FICTION

PROPERTIES OF THIRST

by Marianne Wiggins

This majestic novel will satisfy those thirsting for an epic saga of love, family, and the complexities of the American way. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    AFTERLIVES

    AUG. 23, 2022

FICTION

AFTERLIVES

by Abdulrazak Gurnah

A novel with an epic feel, even at 320 pages, building a complex, character-based story that stretches over generations. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    DIDN'T NOBODY GIVE A SHIT WHAT HAPPENED TO CARLOTTA

    AUG. 30, 2022

  • NONFICTION

    PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING

    AUG. 9, 2022

NONFICTION

PATH LIT BY LIGHTNING

by David Maraniss

A tale that, though well known in outline, Maraniss enriches with his considerable skills as a writer and researcher. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SAVING FREUD

    AUG. 23, 2022

HISTORY

SAVING FREUD

by Andrew Nagorski

Excellent biographies of Freud and some contemporaries. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    WALKING GENTRY HOME

    AUG. 2, 2022

  • NONFICTION

    KOSHERSOUL

    AUG. 9, 2022

NONFICTION

KOSHERSOUL

by Michael W. Twitty

A thoughtful, inspiring book that will have readers pondering their own ancestors and their presence in the kitchen. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THIS IS WHY THEY HATE US

    AUG. 23, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THIS IS WHY THEY HATE US

by Aaron H. Aceves

An outstanding portrait of teenage longing, angst, and self-discovery. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    A GIRL'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MAGIC

    AUG. 2, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

A GIRL'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MAGIC

by Debbie Rigaud

Steeped in the magic of first kisses, family bonds, and joyful community. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE HANMOJI HANDBOOK

    AUG. 30, 2022

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THE HANMOJI HANDBOOK

by Jason Li , An Xiao Mina & Jennifer 8. Lee

Clever, complex, yet concise and fun: This guide promises to engage language learners and curious readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TUMBLE

    AUG. 16, 2022

CHILDREN'S

TUMBLE

by Celia C. Pérez

A plucky, heartwarming tale that celebrates the complexity of family relationships. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SUNNY THE SHARK

    AUG. 9, 2022

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

SUNNY THE SHARK

by Remy Lai ; illustrated by Remy Lai

A wrenching cautionary tale but buoyant enough to float its serious message. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CHOOSING BRAVE

    SEPT. 6, 2022

CHILDREN'S

CHOOSING BRAVE

by Angela Joy ; illustrated by Janelle Washington

A devastating, uniquely told story that will resonate. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FOREVER HOME

    AUG. 16, 2022

CHILDREN'S

FOREVER HOME

by Henry Cole ; illustrated by Henry Cole

An exquisitely rendered, touching story of companionship and belonging. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CREEPY CRAYON!

    AUG. 23, 2022

  • CHILDREN'S

    WAYS TO MAKE FRIENDS

    AUG. 30, 2022

CHILDREN'S

WAYS TO MAKE FRIENDS

by Jairo Buitrago ; illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson

A refreshing, candid consideration of making friends with others at one’s own tempo. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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