Dear readers, I humbly ask your forgiveness, for I left a very important book off of last month’s list (Brand New Books: July Edition): Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany was published on July 31. True, it’s not “adult” fiction, and it isn’t a novel, either – it’s the script of a play (though, just to be tricky, the script of a play is called “the book”) – but I feel like some adults might be interested in reading it anyway…just an inkling I have. Also, it is MAGICAL. Kelly Link and Michiko Kakutani back me up on this, so if you haven’t read it already, you’ll want to ready your summoning charm…Accio Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
The Muse by Jessie Burton (7/26)
Here’s another one I left off of last month’s list – where was my mind? Taking place in 1930s Spain and 1960s London, this compelling story surrounding a mysterious painting is sure to be infused with period detail, much like Burton’s first novel, The Miniaturist, which was set in 17th-century Amsterdam.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
In her first adult novel in 20 years, National Book Award winner Woodson “combines grit and beauty in a series of stunning vignettes, painting a vivid mural of what it was like to grow up African-American in Brooklyn during the 1970s” (Publishers Weekly).
Arrowood by Laura McHugh
When Arden’s father dies and she inherits the family’s grand house, she returns home to Keokuk, Iowa, and faces the weight of memory and family history – specifically, the disappearance of her younger twin sisters twenty years ago. New information in the case, still unsolved, has come to light, and Arden goes digging into history and memory. Lush and suspenseful, Arrowood is a good choice for fans of Laura Lippman.
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
If you’ve read Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and are eager for more psychological suspense, Behind Closed Doors is right up your alley. This un-put-down-able tale flips between past and present in the marriage of Jack and Grace Angel, and Grace’s younger sister Millie, who has Down’s Syndrome. Jack seemed like a savior at first, but is in fact a sadistic psychopath – can Grace escape him and save herself and her sister?
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Boston pastry chef Olivia Rawlings flees to Guthrie, Vermont after a kitchen fire effectively ends her career; she retreats to the company of her longtime best friend, finds a job at a local inn, and becomes enmeshed in small-town life. A story of starting over, perfect for romance fans, or not romance fans. (That’s everyone, then.)
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
This may be the twelfth in the Three Pines series, but Penny manages to serve devoted series readers and newcomers equally well. In this outing, Inspector Gamache is the head of the Surete Academy du Quebec and is set on rooting out corruption, but finds himself a murder suspect instead. Full of “compelling mystery and rich human drama” (Booklist). For those who do want to begin at the beginning, the first book in the series is Still Life.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
An Oprah’s Book Club selection, Whitehead’s newest novel is the “magnetizing and wrenching saga” of Cora, a slave on a Georgia cotton plantation, who hears about the Underground Railroad and decides to run away – but the journey is as horrifying as slavery itself: “Each galvanizing scene blazes with terror and indictment as Whitehead tracks the consequences of the old American imperative to seize, enslave, and profit” (Booklist).
See more new titles from August LibraryReads. What are you reading this month?