12 books to get you through the summer

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It’s already August. You may have read all of the books on that summer list you made in May. You may have yet to start. Maybe you just want to start this whole summer read all over again. Doesn’t matter. We’re here to help you with 12 books to carry you into fall – if you can start making a whole new list!

“Alias ​​Emma” by Ava Glass

British spy Emma Makepeace stars in Glass’s James Bond-inspired spy novel. Makepeace – not her real name, of course – gets her first big assignment: to track down an innocent man wanted by the Russian government and bring him safely to MI6. This proves to be no easy task, and readers are all the better for it. Her target doesn’t want her protection – and spies all over London try to stop Emma. Glass, aka Christi Daugherty, author of the YA Cimmeria Academy mystery series, has written a fast-paced thriller in the spirit of Ian Fleming with a very modern twist. (Bantam)

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Amy & Lan by Sadie Jones

Amy and Lachlan, the child narrators in Jones’ sixth novel, live with their parents, who are city refugees, in an idyllic commune in England. The children grow up playing unsupervised and feel like the king and queen of an untouched utopia. But the real world encroaches on their idyll as long-buried fault lines rattle the community and Amy and Lan try to make sense of some very adult issues in their own childish way. (Harper, Aug. 16)

“Birds and Us: A 12,000-Year Story from Cave Art to Conservation,” by Tim Birkhead

Dogs may be man’s (or mankind’s) best friend, but birds hold another beloved place in our hearts and minds. In Birds and Us, Birkhead, a British bird behaviorist and historian of science, examines the special relationship between birds and humans over a period of 12,000 years. Birkhead, whose earlier books include the delightful Bird Sense, which offered answers to the age-old question, “What’s it like to be a bird?” has an accessible style even when explaining complex scientific concepts. (Princeton)

“The Book Eaters” by Sunyi Dean

Dean takes the idea of ​​devouring a book to a whole other level in her fantastic new novel: the title’s book eaters are a cult-like group that literally eat books. For example, when these subhumans consume a dictionary, they receive not only a satisfying meal, but also the knowledge contained in the reference book. It sounds like a great way to fill many needs. But in this clever dystopian tale, a book eater named Devon, raised on a fairy tale diet, finds life is anything but as she tries to save her son from the machinations of book eaters who want him for themselves. (Goal)

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The Boys by Katie Hafner

Hafner, journalist and non-fiction author (“Mother Daughter Me”, “A Romance on Three Legs”), causes a sensation with her debut novel thanks to a surprising twist. No spoilers here, but this story about bubbly Barb, her wallflower husband Ethan, and the 8-year-old twins they decide to foster is a fun, poignant meditation on a timely topic: loneliness. It’s also nearly impossible to put down. (Mirror & Gray)

“Bronze Drum” by Phong Nguyen

In AD 40, two sisters defended their homeland against the Han Chinese in present-day Vietnam. One, Trung Tac, became the first female Vietnamese monarch – although her reign would not last long. Ngyuen’s historical novel vividly examines the sisters’ lives and how their woman-empowered society ran counter to the patriarchal norms of a Chinese culture that constantly threatens their freedom. (Grand Central)

“Koshersoul: The Faith and Diet Journey of an African-American Jew” by Michael W. Twitty

Historian Twitty explores the crossroads between black and Jewish culinary traditions in this sequel to his award-winning 2018 book, The Cooking Gene. As Twitty explains, his new book is “about a part of black food that’s also Jewish food … a book about Jewish food that’s also black food because it’s a book about black people who are Jews and Jews who Blacks are.” Twitty is Jewish and black herself. In this fascinating book – which also includes recipes – Twitty explores, as he puts it, “the intersections between food and identity”. (Amistad)

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

A year after TikTok helped air Hazelwood’s bestseller-topping debut The Love Hypothesis, the love author returns with an even funnier, hotter STEM love story. In this installment, neuroscientist and Marie Curie fangirl Bee Königswasser gets her dream job at NASA. The only catch? She must reconcile with her nemesis, who happens to be tall, brooding, and dreamy in the nerdiest way. (Sphere, Aug. 23)

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“A Map for the Missing” by Belinda Huijuan Tang

In this stirring novel, Tang Yitian, a Chinese-American mathematics professor, is called home to find his father, who has disappeared from the family home in rural China. The quest takes Yitian on a journey into a sometimes painful past. As he searches for his father, he reconnects with old friends, reopens old wounds, and searches not only for his father, but for a better sense of his place in the family he left behind in America. (penguin press)

On Java Road by Lawrence Osborne

Osborne’s latest novel is set in Hong Kong, where tensions are high as protesters clash with government forces. When a protester goes missing, a veteran British reporter named Adrian Gyle sets out to find out what happened and, ideally, to find her. The woman happens to be the mistress of one of his friends. The entanglements continue to tangle as this atmospheric mystery unfolds. Osborne, author of The Forgiven (2012), Beautiful Animals (2017) and The Glass Kingdom (2020), once again demonstrates his mastery at capturing strange places and tricky moral puzzles. (Hogart)

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“A Place in the World” by Frances Mayes

In her memoirs “Under the Tuscan sun,” Mayes of course took us to Italy. Her latest outing keeps her much closer to home. A Place in the World is a kind of homage to the South, where Mayes grew up – in Fitzgerald, Georgia. She also writes about Chatwood, a home in Hillsborough, NC where she now resides after a major remodel. The experience is both a homecoming and a reckoning with the past. “I returned south after a long dispute with the place,” she writes. “Racism, sexist zeitgeist, anti-intellectualism, complacency. … These still float, but this city, which does not tolerate such stupidity, is ambitious.” (Krone, August 23)

“Thanks for Listening” by Julia Whelan

Whelan is best known for her voice: she is the audio book narrator for countless best-selling authors. But she also has an unmistakable voice as a writer. In her second feel-good novel, an aspiring actress suffers a horrific accident that ruins her career. For her second act, she becomes a successful – albeit ambivalent – ​​audiobook narrator. But she finds a kindred spirit when she begins a flirtatious correspondence with an enigmatic man who tells romance novels. (Avon)

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