My Most Anticipated Reads for August 2019
Well I blinked and summer ended. School starts back in just a little over a week and that means it’s time to put away the beach bags and break out the back packs. It stays incredibly hot down here for quite awhile, so we still have a few months to go before we will get anything remotely close to fall weather - but just the idea that we are getting closer to my favorite season is enough for me! This month has some INCREDIBLE titles releasing that I am really excited about! From a shotgun house in New Orleans to the return of my favorite characters and the cozy village of Three Pines, the books coming out this month promise to welcome us, push us and leave us with all the feels. As always, the cover image is directly linked to Goodreads, so if you see anything you want to add to your TBR, just tap the picture.
The Yellow House - Sarah M. Bloom : Get ready to see this book everywhere. I think we will see BIG things from this author’s memoir that covers over 100 years of her family history set against the back drop of New Orleans. Born and raised in the Crescent City, the author went on to leave New Orleans and make her way in New York. She enjoyed a prolific writing career with her work being featured in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and the New Yorker. Then Hurricane Katrina hit - decimating her family home and scattering her relatives all over the country. Sarah returned to New Orleans, landing the job of lead speechwriter for then Mayor Ray Nagin. Kirkus Reviews said Sarah delves” in to the region’s fickle economy and institutional racism” and that a “a righteous fury runs throughout the narrative at New Orleans’ injustices, from the foundation on up.” This book doesn't release until August 13th, but Octavia Books has advanced copies in stock, so give them a call to get this one on your shelf.
Inland - Tea Obreht: Instead of tigers in the Balkan country, this time Obreht has set her sights on the Arizona territory of 1893. Kirkus’ starred review describes it as “a frontier tale that dazzles with camels and wolves and two characters who never quite meet.” I absolutely LOVED The Tiger’s Wife, so as soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to have it. Inland will be releasing August 13th.
In The Country of Women - Susan Straight: “The women who came before you, my daughters, were legends,” writes the author, as she weaves together stories that transcend time, place, race, and ethnicity to vibrantly portray her children’s rich ancestry.” (Kirkus Starred Review) “Susan Straight, a white self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write” (Goodreads). She “passionately illuminates the journeys of women” (Publishers Weekly) in this “radiant memoir imbued with palpable love.” I love family based memoirs, so I am really excited to start this one. In The Country of Women releases August 6th.
A Better Man - Louise Penny: I would read Louise Penny’s grocery list, so including the 15th installment of my beloved Three Pines series here was an no brainer. There is absolutely nothing like Penny’s writing. It is a balm to my soul, “literary comfort food” as my friend Megan often calls it, and I am so invested in these characters and this town that if the city actually existed, I would have packed my bags and moved there a long time ago. In Penny’s latest work, Gamache is looking for a missing girl and is faced with the impossible moral question of “what would you do if your child’s killer walked free?” No one peels back the layers of the human psyche the way that Penny does, and I know this book will be just as exceptional as her previous works have been. A Better Man releases August 27th.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo - Christy Leferti: I was lucky enough to recently receive an arc of this book. I always flip to the back first because I love to see if there is an author’s note that provides additional insight to the story that I am about to read. The author’s note in this book left me in tears. Lefteri worked as a volunteer for UNICEF during 2016 and 2017 when thousands of families were fleeing Syria and Afghanistan seeking asylum. This story is inspired by her work. She writes that the “question she sought to answer with this book is What does it mean to see?” She goes on to say that she wanted “to explore the internal conflicts, the way memory is affected, the way we are with the people we care about most in the world when we have suffered so much loss that we are broken. “ This book follows the story of a Syrian beekeeper and his wife who are forced to flee their home and attempt to find refuge away from everything and everyone they once knew. The Beekeeper of Aleppo releases August 27th.
Trick Mirror- Jia Tolentino: This debut essay collection is already receiving comparisons to Didion (Kirkus Reviews) and Publisher’s Weekly described it as “ a sharp, well-founded crackdown on the lies of self and culture in nine original, incisive reflections on a hypercapitalist, internet-driven age.” Trick Mirror releases August 6th.
The Dearly Beloved - Cara Wall: “Molded by their backgrounds and childhood experiences, the individual members of two couples adopt beliefs which will define them—until they are confronted by a heart-wrenching challenge.” (Kirkus Reviews). “It's a poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives” (Goodreads). This one really has piqued my interest and I have not heard much about it on bookstagram, so I will be sure and report back with my full thoughts once my pre-order arrives! The Dearly Beloved releases August 13th.
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of the Dead - Olga Tokarczuk. I’m sorry, but with a title that fantastic, how could you NOT want to read this book? My book queen, Liberty Hardy, put this one on my radar as it is translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and August is Women in Translation Month. This book was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize and is described as a combination of a literary thriller and fairy tale (yes, please!). It “explores the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate, and asks the questions whom do we deem sane? Who is worthy of a voice?” (Goodreads) This title releases August 13th.
The Last Widow - Karin Slaughter: I will take all of the Karin Slaughter books, please and thank you. I LOVE her books - they are well crafted, tense, violent and consistently blow me away. I expect this one to be no different, particularly given the relevancy of the subject matter that centers around a domestic terror unit. Slaughter “addresses such topics as misogyny, white nationalism, and the politicization of law enforcement” in this “visceral, gratifying , adrenaline-fueled plot.” The Last Widow releases August 20th.
The Reckless Oath We Made - Bryn Greenwood.: I have been patiently waiting for this release for MONTHS and was so excited to see that it was a Book of the Month selection on the 1st! “A hot-tempered, gritty Kansas woman living on the edge and an autistic man obsessed with medieval chivalry team up in an unforgettable heroic quest to rescue her abducted sister.” (Kirkus)
The Other's Gold - Elizabeth Ames: “This story follows four friends as they each make a terrible mistake, moving from their wild college days to their more feral days as new parents. With the book broken up into parts devoted to each mistake--the Accident, the Accusation, the Kiss, and the Bite--this complex yet compulsively readable debut interrogates the way that growing up forces our friendships to evolve as the women discover what they and their loved ones are capable of, and capable of forgiving.” (Goodreads) The Other’s Gold releases August 27th.