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7 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in August

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The days are longer and hotter than ever, and all we want to do from now until September is curl up in air conditioning with a book we can’t put down. From a cute rom-com about finding the perfect Jewish husband to a funny memoir about the fertility industrial complex, here are seven incredible new books to read in August.

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1. The Making Of Her by Bernadette Jiwa

It’s Dublin in the late ‘90s and Joan, her husband Martin and their daughter Carmel are thriving. But everything changes when Joan receives a letter from the daughter she and Martin gave up for adoption 30 years earlier. Even more shocking, she’s asking for a life-or-death favor. Dealing with the guilt over giving up her baby, the cracks in her marriage become impossible to ignore and simmering tension with her daughter boils over in this debut novel about marriage, motherhood and a culture that wouldn’t allow a woman to find true happiness.

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2. Complicit by Winnie M. Li

Once a lauded film producer, Sarah Lai is now a lecturer at an obscure college who wants nothing more than to forget her time in Hollywood. But when a journalist reaches out to her to discuss her own experience working with the celebrated film producer Hugo North, Sarah sees it as her last chance to tell her side of the story and maybe even exact belated vengeance. As Sarah reveals the industry's dark secrets, she begins to realize that she has a few sins of her own to confess.

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3. Knocking Myself Up: A Memoir Of My (in)fertility by Michelle Tea

Author, poet and literary arts organizer Michelle Tea knows there's no one right way to make a family. Her candid and irreverent memoir is about her route to parenthood as a 40-year-old queer, uninsured woman who, along the way, falls in love with a genderqueer partner a decade her junior, attempts biohacking herself a baby with underground fertility meds and eventually enters the "Fertility Industrial Complex" in order to finally start a family.

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4. The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

On the edge of Vacca Vale, Indiana, a town left behind by the automobile industry, sits a run-down apartment building known as the Rabbit Hutch. In one of the apartments live four teenagers who have recently aged out of the state foster-care system: three boys and one girl, Blandine, who is plagued by the structures, people and places that not only failed her but actively harmed her. Set across one week and culminating in a shocking act of violence, this debut novel chronicles a town—and its residents—on the brink, desperate for rebirth.

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5. Mr. Perfect On Paper by Jean Meltzer

The perfect husband should be a doctor or lawyer (preferably a doctor), baggage-free and, of course, Jewish. At least that’s what Dara Rabinowitz, the protagonist of writer and rabbinical school dropout Melzter’s second book (after The Matzah Ball), has been told her entire life. But when her beloved bubbe shares Dara's checklist for the perfect Jewish husband on national television, charming news anchor Chris Steadfast proposes they turn Dara's search into must-see TV. A non-Jewish single dad, Chris doesn't check any of Dara's boxes, but neither of them can ignore their attraction to each other, even if Chris is far from perfect on paper.

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6. Mothercare: On Obligation, Love, Death And Ambivalence by Lynne Tillman

Today, roughly 53 million Americans care for a sick family member. Novelist Tillman (Men and Apparitions) became one of them when her mother developed an unusual and little understood condition called Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. Over the next 11 years, her once independent mother became entirely dependent on her adult children as the family navigated consultations, misdiagnoses and the complexity of her cognitive issues. In Mothercare, Tillman describes the unexpected, heartbreaking and frustrating experience of caring for a sick parent.

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7. This Story Will Change: A Memoir by Elizabeth Crane

One minute, writer Elizabeth Crane (The History of Great Things) and her husband of 15 years are fixing up their old house in upstate New York. The next, he admits he’s not happy and Crane suddenly finds herself separated and in couples’ therapy and living in an apartment in the city with an old friend and his kid. At turns funny and dark, This Story Will Change is a poignant portrait of a woman in transformation and a chronicle of how even the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are bound to change.