7 Books We Can't Wait to Read in August

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A doctor with a secret. A wise-beyond-her-years seven-year-old. An Irish ex-pat and the “loud-clapper” she’s dating. Welcome to your August reads, folks!

the incendiaries ro kwon


The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Phoebe and Will meet their first month at college. Soon, Phoebe is drawn into a secretive religious extremist cult. When the group bombs several buildings, Phoebe disappears and Will devotes himself to finding her. Buy the book

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A Double Life by Flynn Berry

Claire is a hardworking doctor in London who, unbeknownst to everyone, is also the daughter of a notorious murder suspect. When he’s found by police 30 years after the crime, Claire sets out to find the truth. Buy the book

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Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins

Higgins was a best-selling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at 31, she moved to NYC. Her essays are a funny and smart look at everything from learning to love yourself to dating someone who’s a loud clapper. Buy the book

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Vox by Christina Dalcher

Reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, Dalcher’s debut is about an America in which women are allowed to speak only 100 words a day—and the woman who will do everything in her power to protect herself and her daughter. Buy the book

fruit of the drunken tree ingrid rojas contreras


Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Seven-year-old Chula lives in a gated community in Bogotá at the height of Pablo Escobar’s violence. When her mother hires a live-in maid from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand the woman. Buy the book

a river of stars vanessa hua


A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua

After getting pregnant by her married boss, a Chinese woman is sent to a secret maternity home in L.A., where she tries to deal with her overbearing housemates and grab her part of the American dream. Buy the book

the daisy children sofia grant


The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant

Inspired by true events, this novel is about two distant cousins sorting through their recently deceased grandmother’s belongings and learning about the long-forgotten tragedy of a 1937 school explosion that binds them. Buy the book

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