After having such a sluggish few months of reading what I want to read, I don’t expect to get to all eight of these new releases in August. I have a lovely backlist stack that’s calling me first. But here are some lovelies I’m putting on hold at the library as of yesterday. If I’ve learned anything working at the library, it’s get on the holds right away. And if your library doesn’t carry a particular book, request it! Or at least try. (Links to Goodreads, who just changed their homepage design, again.)
I’m Supposed to Protect You From All This by Nadja Spiegelman (Aug. 2/ 384p./ Riverhead Books) This memoir of mothers and daughters has me interested since it’s from the daughter of the man who wrote Maus. Out today.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Aug. 2/ 32p./ Doubleday Books) I was going to wait another few weeks before starting this one since it was due out next month. But this woman named Oprah just picked it for her bookclub book and so it released today! Cora escapes her life as a slave from Georgia and this is her story. Just buy a copy since the holds list will be very long. I’m so glad I picked up a copy at BEA.
All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (Aug. 9/ 352p./ Thomas Dunne Books) This debut has some dark topics and after reading the synopsis, I should be running away. Yet I’m intrigued by a review that said that “all the feels didn’t feel manipulative”. That’s a huge feat when the topics surround meth parents and an ex-con falling in love with a child. I know, “ewww”, but I really want to see where this one goes.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. (Aug. 9/ 192p./ Amistad). I really enjoyed Brown Girl Dreaming and can’t wait to dive into this novel about August who shares her experiences in Brooklyn while growing up in the 70s. Like many childhoods with conflicting memories, this one tells the story of the two sides of Brooklyn, the promising one and the dark one.
I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows (Aug. 9/ 272p./ Henry Holt and Co.) “A luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family’s survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl.” I’ve been weary of historical fiction lately and I need to remedy that with a few on this list.
Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere But Here by Angela Palm (Aug. 16/ 224p./ Graywolf Press) I wish I grabbed a copy of this at BEA and will have to wait for my library hold. Palm’s memoir recalls her life growing up in Indiana, escaping to pursue other dreams, leaving a boy she secretly loved and then returning to find him in prison facing a life sentence. I know there is much more to it and can’t wait to read all the details.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (Aug. 23/ 380p./ Random House) I’m drawn to stories about immigrants making a life in America since I’ve been engrossed in relevant studies and real-life stories for the past year. This debut is one worth checking out.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Aug. 23/ 320p. Pamela Dorman Books) A psychological thriller about a couple and people you don’t really know AND isn’t being compared to those other big thriller books about couples, so I’m sold. I need a good thriller now and again.