5 new books to read in August

A gripping biography of a 19th-century robber baron, a new novel about the price of greatness among elite professional athletes, and a whimsical but heartfelt collection of essays about the expectations of being a woman.

Here is a selection of new books to be released this month.

“How to Navigate Life: The New Science of Finding Your Way in School, Career, and Beyond” by Belle Liang and Timothy Klein

Courtesy of St. Martin’s Press

Available August 2nd

There is no blueprint for how to live your life, but there is no shortage of books that tell you how to do it. But not all books are created equal, and How to navigate through life stands out for addressing stress and anxiety in readers as young as those graduating from high school, and aims to help them find a better and more secure footing with their mental health before they begin their college and post-college careers.

“Sit Over There Please: How to Handle Power, Overcome Exclusion and Succeed at Work as a Black Woman” by Francine Parham

Courtesy of Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Available August 9th

Francine Parham, founder and CEO of her own eponymous consulting firm dedicated to leading women and empowering women of color in the workplace, shares her experiences and knowledge gained as a black woman — not to mention a former global executive of two great companies – how to rise in the workplace while keeping a sense of sanity. According to Parham, the key skill black women are seldom taught is understanding the power dynamics within the organization and learning how to “shift power for your own benefit.” Here’s how Parham outlines how to build the right relationships and how to use your voice — and how to share it in a position of power — to build a more fulfilling career.

Carrie Soto is Back directed by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Courtesy of Ballantine Books

Available August 30th

Right in the heat of the US Open, we’re releasing the latest novel from acclaimed bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Malibu rises) will certainly be a topic of conversation again. The main character, Carrie Soto, won 20 Grand Slam titles before retiring at the height of her career. But years later, when her record is broken (or taken from her, depending on how you look at it), Soto makes the controversial decision to come out of retirement (at a much older age, as far as professional tennis is concerned) to make up for it to do reclaim her crown.

“American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street’s Greatest Fortune” by Greg Steinmetz

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Available August 30th

Jay Gould began his Wall Street career at the age of 24 and became infamous for crippling the economy during the Black Friday market crash of 1869 while attempting to corner the gold market – an event leading to the darkest days in Wall Street history.

But She’s Nice: Essays on Being Bad When You’re Good, by Mia Mercado

Courtesy of HarperOne

Available August 30th

Author Mia Mercado reflects on the meanings behind the assumptions and expectations of not just being a woman, but an Asian-American woman living in the Midwest, where there is already a lot of prejudice about being “nice.” Concept that really lives in the mind of the viewer. Mercado reflects on everything from her body and reality TV to her dog and her high school teachers, and how all of those things affect our self-esteem and identity.

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