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20 Best Books To Read in August

  • FICTION

    TOM LAKE

    AUG. 1, 2023

FICTION

TOM LAKE

by Ann Patchett

Poignant and reflective, cementing Patchett’s stature as one of our finest novelists. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    WITNESS

    AUG. 1, 2023

FICTION

WITNESS

by Jamel Brinkley

After just two collections, Brinkley may already be a grand master of the short story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    HAPPINESS FALLS

    AUG. 29, 2023

FICTION

HAPPINESS FALLS

by Angie Kim

The claim that a book will change your life often seems like exaggeration. Here the potential is real. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE HEAVEN & EARTH GROCERY STORE

    AUG. 8, 2023

FICTION

THE HEAVEN & EARTH GROCERY STORE

by James McBride

If it’s possible for America to have a poet laureate, why can’t James McBride be its storyteller-in-chief? Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE DEADLINE

    AUG. 29, 2023

NONFICTION

THE DEADLINE

by Jill Lepore

A noteworthy collection from an indispensable writer and thinker. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    ALTHEA

    AUG. 15, 2023

NONFICTION

ALTHEA

by Sally H. Jacobs

An essential book about an incomparably authentic American pioneer and the times in which she lived. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    VALIANT WOMEN

    AUG. 1, 2023

HISTORY

VALIANT WOMEN

by Lena Andrews

An invaluable addition to our knowledge of the Allied victory. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    UNNECESSARY DRAMA

    AUG. 8, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

UNNECESSARY DRAMA

by Nina Kenwood

Sidesplitting comic writing and an appealingly messy protagonist to root for. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WRITING IN COLOR

    AUG. 22, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WRITING IN COLOR

edited by Nafiza Azad & Melody Simpson

The honest, useful craft book that all fledgling writers need. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    MORE THAN A DREAM

    AUG. 29, 2023

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

MORE THAN A DREAM

by Yohuru Williams & Michael G. Long

Coherent, compellingly passionate, rich in sometimes-startling and consistently well-founded insights. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    WE STILL BELONG

    AUG. 1, 2023

CHILDREN'S

WE STILL BELONG

by Christine Day

A rich, captivating story that will resonate with readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SALSA MAGIC

    SEPT. 26, 2023

CHILDREN'S

SALSA MAGIC

by Letisha Marrero

An uplifting, beautifully rendered story of family bonds and embracing the unknown. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    TIGER DAUGHTER

    AUG. 15, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE STORY OF GUMLUCK THE WIZARD

    AUG. 15, 2023

CHILDREN'S

THE STORY OF GUMLUCK THE WIZARD

by Adam Rex ; illustrated by Adam Rex

Rejoice, noodlehead fans! Here’s a tale to treasure. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    SÍ. ¡NO!

    AUG. 1, 2023

  • CHILDREN'S

    STICKLER LOVES THE WORLD

    AUG. 22, 2023

CHILDREN'S

STICKLER LOVES THE WORLD

by Lane Smith ; illustrated by Lane Smith

“Friendship! Happiness! World peace! Maple syrup!” A buoyant, bristly ode to joy. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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