8 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in July
What do a bored mom slowly turning into a dog, an interpreter working for a former president accused of war crimes and an atheist lesbian working in a Catholic church have in common? Honestly, not that much, but they’re all the focus of some of July’s most exciting new books. Here are eight titles we’re adding to cart immediately.
1. A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan
Most love triangles are toxic, but the one in this anticipated debut novel actually breaks the order of the universe. Remy and Alicia are a couple who aren’t particularly happy together. What binds them is a shared obsession with Jen, a beautiful former co-worker of Remy's. Then they run into Jen and she invites them on a surfing trip to the Hamptons with her wealthy boyfriend and their group. Once there, Remy and Alicia try to fit into Jen's social circle, but violent desires bubble beneath the surface, and before long disturbing things start to happen.
2. Love Lockdown: Dating, Sex, and Marriage in America's Prisons by Elizabeth Greenwood
What would it be like to fall in love with someone in prison? That’s what journalist Elizabeth Greenwood set out to learn over the course of five years. Love Lockdown focuses on the ups and downs of five couples who met during incarceration, shining a light on how these relationships reflect the desire and delusion we all experience in our romantic pairings. From conjugal visits to prison weddings, it’s a fascinating deep dive into the American prison system and relationships in general.
3. Intimacies: A Novel by Katie Kitamura
In the latest from the author of A Separation, an interpreter from New York moves to The Hague to work at the International Court. There, she’s drawn into various personal dramas: Her lover is separated from his wife but still entangled in his marriage, her friend witnesses a seemingly random act of violence and she's pulled into an explosive political controversy when she's asked to interpret for a former president accused of war crimes. Pushed to the edge, she’s forced to decide what she wants from her life.
4. Nightbitch: A Novel by Rachel Yoder
Two years after an ambitious mom puts her art career on hold to stay at home with her son, she discovers a dense patch of hair on the back of her neck and her canines suddenly look sharper than she remembers. As her symptoms—and her temptation to give in to her new dog impulses—intensify, she discovers the mysterious academic tome and meets a group of mom involved in a multilevel-marketing scheme (who may also be more than what they seem). A novel unlike anything you’ve read recently, Nighbitch is a satirical fairytale about art, power and womanhood.
5. People Like Them by Samira Sedira
Inspired by a true story, this psychological thriller opens on Anna and Constant Guillot, a couple living with their two daughters in a peaceful, remote mountain village in France. When Bakary and Sylvia Langlois arrive with their three children, the two families form an uneasy, ambiguous friendship. But when both families begin experiencing financial troubles, the underlying class and racial tensions of their relationship come to a breaking point, and the unthinkable happens.
6. Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
Gilda is a 20-something, animal-loving lesbian atheist who can’t stop thinking about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind, she decides to go to free therapy at a local Catholic church. There, she’s greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she's there for a job interview. Too embarrassed to correct him, Gilda is abruptly hired to replace the church’s recently deceased receptionist. From trying to memorize the lines to Catholic mass to hiding the fact that she has a new girlfriend, Gilda’s story is equal parts heartwarming and deadpan funny.
7. Late Summer by Luiz Ruffato
A man named Oséias decides to go back to his hometown after 20 years away. During this time apart, he’s heard about his family through sporadic phone calls from his younger sister. The shadow of the suicide of their other sister lingers over Oséias as he tries to reestablish contact with his siblings. Still, each is absorbed in their own world; especially Oséias, who, misunderstood by his family members and old acquaintances, decides to put an end to his journey.
8. Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light: Essays by Helen Ellis
When author Helen Ellis (American Housewife) and her lifelong friends arrive for a reunion on the Redneck Riviera, they unpack stories of husbands and kids; lost parents and lost jobs; dirty jokes and sunscreen with SPF higher than they hair-sprayed their bangs senior year; and a bad mammogram. In these twelve essays, Ellis recounts their stories to hilarious—and moving—effect.