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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
From the jacket: Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret--something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
The lowdown: Don’t peg this as run-of-the-mill chick-lit. The newest from veteran domestic writer Liane Moriarty is more social scrutiny meets murder mystery.
The United States of Paranoia by Jesse Walker
From the jacket: Jesse Walker’s The United States of Paranoia presents a comprehensive history of conspiracy theories in American culture and politics, from the colonial era to the War on Terror.
The lowdown: Crazy factoids abound in this dryly funny historical romp. For instance: Did you know that Andrew Jackson’s critics accused him of plotting his own assassination in order to garner popularity?
Tampa by Alissa Nutting
From the jacket: In Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student.
The lowdown: Really raunchy, really disturbing, really un-put-down-able. Oh, and if you spring for the hardcover, the jacket is covered in black velvet.
Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin by Nicole Hardy
From the jacket: As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Nicole had held absolute conviction in her Mormon faith during her childhood and throughout her twenties. But as she aged out of the Church's "singles ward" and entered her thirties, she struggled to merge the life she envisioned for herself with the one the Church prescribed.
The lowdown: This memoir about growing up Mormon and then leaving the Church is both fascinating and touching. Plus, it started as a crazy-popular “Modern Love” column.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
From the jacket: “He was not the kind of guy who disappeared after sleeping with a woman--and certainly not after the condom broke. On the contrary: Nathaniel Piven was a product of a postfeminist 1980s childhood and politically correct, 1990s college education.”
The lowdown: We’re amazed by how well Ms. Waldman delves into the mind of a tortured, literary Brooklyn dude--and we’re wondering how many of our dates she’s secretly tagged along on.
Rockaway by Tara Ison
From the jacket: Rockaway Beach, 2001. Sarah, a painter from Southern California, retreats to this eccentric, eclectic beach town in the far reaches of Queens with the hopes of rediscovering her passion for painting.
The lowdown: Ison is a former screenwriter (she cowrote Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead!) and her newest novel showcases that knack for comic timing and dramatic twists.
Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield
From the jacket: When Rob Sheffield moved to New York City in the summer of 2001, he was a young widower trying to start a new life in a new town. Behind, in the past, was his life as a happily married rock critic, with a wife he adored, and a massive collection of mix tapes that captured their life together. And then, in a flash, all he had left were the tapes.
The lowdown: You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll want to plan a karaoke night, stat.
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
From the jacket: Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event.
The lowdown: We know, we know--you’re sick of Gone Girl comparisons. But this twisty mystery told in alternating chapters is definitely reminiscent of Gillian Flynn’s best seller.
Looking for Palestine by Najla Said
From the jacket: A frank and entertaining memoir, from the daughter of Edward Said, about growing up second-generation Arab American and struggling with that identity.
The lowdown: This self-proclaimed Upper West Side princess takes a funny, honest and remarkably relatable stance about coming to terms with her heritage after years of denying it.
Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel
From the jacket: Sea Creatures is a mesmerizing exploration of the high stakes of marriage and parenthood, the story of a woman forced to choose between her marriage, her child and the possibility of new love.
The lowdown: A dilapidated houseboat. A case of insomnia. Sticky South Florida in hurricane season. The eloquent Susanna Daniel knows herself some ambience!
There are so many things we never got to tell you about this summer!
1. How to style your mosquito-repelling wristband
2. The proper way to eat a cronut (with a spork, duh)
3. All the books our staff read and loved and traded and dog-eared but just didn’t have room to cover in our once-a-week edition
So in the interest of cramming them all in before September rears her ugly head, we’re bringing you the best not-to-be-forgotten summer reads for the final days of August.
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