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    19 new books to add to your summer reading list—hurry!

    Katie Yee

    August 18, 2020, 9:30am

    Ah, the days of summer are winding down. The days are getting shorter. The leaves are starting to brown. The air feels a little crisper. (Unless you’re in Death Valley. Global warming is real!!) Before we switch over to full-blown sweater weather, here are some new titles to sneak onto your summer reading list.


    the patron saint of pregnant girls_ursula hegi

    Ursula Hegi, The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls

    “Mesmerizing … Hegi’s command of the plot and ability to render poignant characters create a satisfyingly emotional story.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    Rick Perlstein, Reaganland

    Rick Perlstein, Reaganland
    (Simon & Schuster)

    “A hallmark of Perlstein’s work is his blending of political and cultural history, often a tricky balance.”


    a room called earth_madeleine ryan

    Madeleine Ryan, A Room Called Earth

    “The narrator’s voice is astute, clear and strong as the vodka she likes, as luminous as sparkling stars. Madeleine Ryan has created a marvelous woman and a joyous story.”
    –Shelf Awareness


    nothernmost_peter geye

    Peter Geye, Northernmost

    “One man’s terrifying story of survival in an Arctic wasteland reverberates profoundly in the life of his distant descendant.”


    Nazanine Hozar, Aria

    “Hozar expertly weaves people in and out of Aria’s life and crafts a living, breathing environment for her heroine to inhabit, and brings things to a charged climax. This will be hard for readers to shake.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    work mate marry love _ debora l spar

    Debora L. Spar, Work Mate Marry Love

    “Spar’s explanations of how specific technologies developed are lucid and insightful. Readers will take comfort in this clear-eyed assessment of humanity’s ability to adapt to technological change.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    Black Bottom Saints_Alice Randall

    Alice Randall, Black Bottom Saints

    “The last testament of an African American showbiz insider is here rendered as an impassioned, richly detailed, and sometimes heartbreaking evocation of Black culture in 20th century Detroit and beyond.”


    borges and me_jay parini

    Jay Parini, Borges and Me

    “Fans of both Borges and Parini will delight in this touching coming-of-age memoir.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    time of the magicians_wolfram eilenberger

    Wolfram Eilenberger, Time of the Magicians
    (Penguin Press)

    “[Eilenberger’s] lucid presentation of his characters’ often hard-to-comprehend thinking and the muddy language in which they expressed it make this book invaluable for anyone seeking to learn about these extraordinary figures.”


    stanley kubrick_david mikics

    David Mikics, Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker
    (Yale University Press)

    “Kubrick fans will enjoy this brisk but thorough biography of a consummate filmmaker.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    The Queen of Tuesday

    Darin Strauss, The Queen of Tuesday
    (Random House)

    “…the questions of how family legends both obscure and reveal the truth will keep readers turning the pages.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    the new american, micheline aharonian marcom

    Micheline Aharonian Marcom, The New American
    (Simon & Schuster)

    “[A] poetic nightmarescape that hums with foreboding and the anguish of lost innocence.”


    the smallest lights in the universe_sara seager

    Sara Seager, The Smallest Lights in the Universe

    “The interior journey she traces here is as extraordinary as her scientific career. A singular scientist has written a singular account of her life and work.”


    Lawrence Osborne, The Glass Kingdom

    Lawrence Osborne, The Glass Kingdom

    “A seductive, darkly atmospheric thriller with a spine-tingling climax.”


    Chris Hamby, Soul Full of Coal Dust

    Chris Hamby, Soul Full of Coal Dust
    (Little, Brown)

    “A solid contribution to the literature of resource extraction and its discontents.”


    Jessica Gross, Hysteria

    Jessica Gross, Hysteria
    (Unnamed Press)

    “Gross succeeds in capturing the complexities of sex addiction. It is every bit a page-turner as it is a descent into sexual madness.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, tr. Michele Hutchison, The Discomfort of Evening

    Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, The Discomfort of the Evening

    “There is a bold beauty to the book, which for all its modernity seems to be set in a different age of automatic religious belief.”
    –The Economist


    Emma Jane Unsworth, Grown Ups

    Emma Jane Unsworth, Grown Ups

    “This witty novel could not be more spot on for our day and age, told through texts, emails and social media posts as Jenny navigates floundering friendships, career failures and best of all, living again with her mother in her 30s.”


    Lisa Hanwalt_I Want you

    Lisa Hanawalt, I Want You
    (Drawn & Quarterly)

    “They hit as freshly funny and subversive, and will appeal to dedicated fans of Hanawalt’s peculiar oeuvre as well as those just getting an introduction.”
    –Publishers Weekly


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