There are so many books that we're loving right now, it is hard to pick just a few August must reads. From intense thrillers to heart wrenching love stories, we have something for everybody. Summer’s wrapping up so whether you’re reading with your toes in the sand, or under your desk at work, we've got you covered with the best recommendations for this month. Happy reading!
Mrs. Fletcher - Tom Perotta
Tom Perotta’s latest hit Mrs. Fletcher is the satisfying, wise, and laugh out loud novel you need to read before the summer ends. The book is focused around a middle aged recent divorcee, Eve, who is struggling to come to terms with her new life. After a very saucy anonymous text appears on her phone, her sleepy suburban existence is suddenly not so sleepy anymore! Mrs. Fletcher also focuses on Eve’s son who is trying to navigate his own life in college. The character’s complex search for their own self worth will have you flipping the pages faster than you know it.
New People- Danzy Senna
People Magazine called New People “a cutting take on race and class…park dark comedy, part surreal morality tale. Disturbing and delicious.” New People follows Maria and Khalil, a biracial couple living together in Brooklyn who land the role in a documentary about “new people” like them, who are blurring old boundaries as a brave new era dawns upon us. Danzy Senna goes deep into the dynamics of race, identity, heritage, poverty, and privilege in this novel and we can’t get enough of it!
Watch Me Disappear - Janelle Brown
After a Berkeley mom with an enviable life goes missing after a solo hike, her husband and teenage daughter are struggling to cope with Billie’s death. When Billie’s daughter, Olive, starts to have strange visions of her mother still alive, unearthing secrets from Billies past start to unravel and the family embarks on a quest for the truth. Brown’s insights into the dynamics of family life and intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love.
Final Girls- Riley Sager
We’re all about the thrillers this August! Final Girls is based on a story of five girls who faced a horror movie scale massacre. The survivors of the incident, dubbed as the ‘final girls’ try to put their nightmares behind them until one of them was found dead. The girls have to dig up old ghosts of the past until they unravel the lies that entered their lives over the last 10 years. If best selling author who was also on the Public Library Podcast, Karin Slaughter, deemed Final Girls as ‘a terrific read’, then you know it’s good!
Little Fires Everywhere -Celeste NG
After reading and loving Everything I Never Told You, we had a great feeling about Celeste NG’s latest novel. Little Fires Everywhere focuses on the Richardson family who seemingly lives a perfect life in a progressive Cleveland suburb. When a mother-daughter duo rent a house from the Richardson family, they become more than just tenants. The enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives exposes the Richardson family to secrets, the art of identity, and the danger of believing that following the rules can cause disaster. Sounds juicy!
Young Jane Young -Gabrielle Zevin
Young Jane Young sounds entertaining,witty, and sharp. Aviva Grossman makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss while she is only an intern- and blogging about it! When the affair comes to light, Aviva takes the fall and the slut-shaming begins. After moving elsewhere to start over, Aviva tries to shield her past from her daughter. Kevin’s novel is a smart, funny, and moving novel about what it means to be a woman of any age and the double standard women experience throughout their day-to-day lives.