Hot Off the Press

August book releases mean summer is not over and there's plenty of great reading to stretch out Summer 2023. This list includes the wonderful — and — much-anticipated latest novel from Ann Patchett, "Tom Lake" along with a variety of fiction and non-fiction in YA, middle reader, and kids books. Most are available in the store now or are about to be released. Happy reading from curator Vick!

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Tom Lake: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063327528
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Published: Harper - August 1st, 2023

Ann Patchett’s new novel explores a shimmer of the silver lining around pandemic lockdowns. In “Tom Lake,” three daughters hear the unabridged version of their mother’s long-ago relationship with a famous actor while picking cherries in their Michigan orchard.


Family Lore: A Novel By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063207264
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Published: Ecco - August 1st, 2023

From National Book Award–winning author Elizabeth Acevedo comes her first adult novel, the story of one Dominican-American family told through the voices of its women as they await a gathering that will forever change their lives.


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The Little Village of Book Lovers: A Novel By Nina George Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593157886
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 25th, 2023

A young woman with the extraordinary power to bring soulmates together searches for her own true love in this tender, lyrical standalone novel inspired by the “bona fide international hit.” — The New York Times Book Review


California Golden: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593497852
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 8th, 2023

Two sisters navigate the thrilling, euphoric early days of California surf culture in this dazzling saga of ambition, sacrifice, and the tangled ties between mothers and daughters. “A shimmering rendering . . . pairs the surf culture of the Beach Boys with the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll of Daisy Jones & The Six.” —Entertainment Weekly “Best Books of the Summer”


Anansi's Gold: The Man Who Looted the West, Outfoxed Washington, and Swindled the World By Yepoka Yeebo Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781635574739
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 1st, 2023

The astounding, never-before-told story of how an audacious Ghanaian con artist pulled off one of the 20th century's longest-running and most spectacular frauds. When Ghana won its independence from Britain in 1957, it instantly became a target for home-grown opportunists and rapacious Western interests determined to snatch any assets that colonialism hadn't already stripped. A CIA-funded military junta ousted the new nation's inspiring president, Kwame Nkrumah, then falsely accused him of hiding the country's gold overseas.


The Visionaries: Arendt, Beauvoir, Rand, Weil, and the Power of Philosophy in Dark Times By Wolfram Eilenberger, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by) Cover Image
By Wolfram Eilenberger, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593297452
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Published: Penguin Press - August 1st, 2023

A soaring intellectual narrative starring the radical, brilliant, and provocative philosophers Simone de Beauvoir, Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, and Ayn Rand by the critically acclaimed author of "Time of the Magicians," Wolfram Eilenberger.


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The Bookbinder: A Novel By Pip Williams Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593600443
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 25th, 2023

A young British woman working in a book bindery gets a chance to pursue knowledge and love when World War I upends her life in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club pick "The Dictionary of Lost Words."


Waiting to Be Arrested at Night: A Uyghur Poet's Memoir of China's Genocide By Tahir Hamut Izgil, Joshua L. Freeman (Translated by), Joshua L. Freeman (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Tahir Hamut Izgil, Joshua L. Freeman (Translated by), Joshua L. Freeman (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593491799
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Published: Penguin Press - August 1st, 2023

A poet's account of one of the world's most urgent humanitarian crises and a harrowing tale of a family's escape from genocide, it is the story of the political, social, and cultural destruction of Tahir Hamut Izgil's homeland. Among leading Uyghur intellectuals and writers, he is the only one known to have escaped China since the mass internments began. His book is a call for the world to awaken to the unfolding catastrophe, and a tribute to his friends and fellow Uyghurs whose voices have been silenced.


House of Odysseus (Songs of Penelope #2) By Claire North Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316444002
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Published: Redhook - August 22nd, 2023

This "powerful, fresh, and unflinching" (Jennifer Saint) reimagining from the award-winning author of the Penelope trilogy breathes life into ancient myth and gives voice to the women who stand defiant in a world ruled by ruthless men. 


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None of This Is True: A Novel By Lisa Jewell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982179007
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Published: Atria Books - August 8th, 2023

From New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell, known for her “superb pacing, twisted characters, and captivating prose” (BuzzFeed), Jewell returns with a scintillating new psychological thriller about a woman who finds herself the subject of her own popular true crime podcast.


Whalefall: A Novel By Daniel Kraus Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781665918169
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Published: MTV Books - August 8th, 2023

Suspenseful and cinematic, "Whalefall" is a thriller about a young man who has given up on life…only to find a reason to live in the most dangerous and unlikely of places.


Witness: Stories By Jamel Brinkley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374607036
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 1st, 2023

In these ten stories, each set in the changing landscapes of contemporary New York City, a range of characters—from children to grandmothers to ghosts—live through the responsibility of perceiving and the moral challenge of speaking up or taking action. Though they strive to connect with, stand up for, care for, and remember one another, they often fall short, and the structures they build around these ambitions and failures shape their futures as well as the legacies and prospects of their communities and their city.  A Must-Read: The New York Times, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Vulture, The Boston Globe, Shondaland, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Essence, Literary Hub


The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593422946
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2023

From James McBride's newest novel is about small-town secrets and the people who keep them. Named a Must Read for the Summer: The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • Time • AARP • Town & Country • St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Board to Death (A Board Game Shop Mystery #1) By CJ Connor Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781496742223
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Published: Kensington Cozies - August 22nd, 2023

The first in an ulta-charming new “quozy” mystery series starring Ben Rosencrantz. A queer 30-something English professor (and closet scifi fan,) he's returned to home to Salt Lake City to run his family’s board game shop in the trendy Sugar House neighborhood – a community hotspot for players of all ages…and for killer collectors!


Pet By Catherine Chidgey Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609459307
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Published: Europa Editions - August 8th, 2023

Set in New Zealand in the 1980s and probing themes of racism, misogyny and the oppressive reaches of Catholicism, "Pet" will take a rightful place next to other classic portraits of childhood betrayal and psychological suspense: Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures,' Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock," and Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping" among them.


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The Invisible Hour: A Novel By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982175375
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Published: Atria Books - August 15th, 2023

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of "The Marriage of Opposites" and the "Practical Magic" series comes an enchanting novel about love, heartbreak, self-discovery, and the enduring magic of books.


August Wilson: A Life By Patti Hartigan Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781501180668
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 15th, 2023

August Wilson wrote a series of ten plays celebrating African American life in the 20th century, one play for each decade. No other American playwright has completed such an ambitious oeuvre. Author and theater critic Patti Hartigan traced Wilson's ancestry back to slavery, and his plays echo with uncanny similarities to the history of his ancestors. She interviewed Wilson many times before his death and traces his life from his childhood in Pittsburgh (where nine of the plays take place) to Broadway. 


The Bee Sting: A Novel By Paul Murray Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374600303
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 15th, 2023

From the author of "Skippy Dies" comes an irresistibly funny, wise, and thought-provoking tour de force about family, fortune, and the struggle to be a good person when the world is falling apart.


Kissing Kosher By Jean Meltzer Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780778308096
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Published: Mira Books - August 29th, 2023

From the author of "The Matzoh Ball" and "Mr. Perfect on Paper" comes this hilarious and emotional rivals-to-lovers romance.


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Learned by Heart By Emma Donoghue Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316564434
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 29th, 2023

A heartbreakingly gorgeous novel based on the true story of two girls who fall secretly, deeply, and dangerously in love at boarding school in 19th century York, from the bestselling author of "Room" and "The Wonder."


Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong's Rendezvous with American History By Yunte Huang Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781631495809
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Published: Liveright - August 22nd, 2023

Born into the steam and starch of a Chinese laundry, Anna May Wong (1905–1961) emerged from turn-of-the-century Los Angeles to become Old Hollywood’s most famous Chinese American actress, a screen siren who captivated global audiences and signed her publicity photos—with a touch of defiance—“Orientally yours.” Now, more than a century after her birth, Yunte Huang narrates Wong’s tragic life story, retracing her journey from Chinatown to silent-era Hollywood, and from Weimar Berlin to decadent, prewar Shanghai, and capturing American television in its infancy. 


Tastes Like Shakkar: A Novel (If Shakespeare Were an Auntie #2) By Nisha Sharma Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063001145
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Published: Avon - August 1st, 2023

In the hilarious follow-up to the breakout rom-com "Dating Dr. Dil," Nisha Sharma adds shakkar and mirch to Shakespeare’s iconic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" for one sweet and spicy love story.


The Breakaway: A Novel By Jennifer Weiner Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668033425
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Published: Atria Books - August 29th, 2023

Before marrying her childhood sweetheart, a 34-year-old woman agrees to lead a group cycling trip from New York City to Niagara Falls — a journey that’s as much about self-discovery as it is about exploring new territory on two wheels.


Everything/Nothing/Someone: A Memoir By Alice Carrière Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781954118294
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 29th, 2023

A powerful literary debut that tells of a young woman's coming-of-age in the bohemian '90s, as her adolescence gives way to a struggle with dissociative disorder. "Everything/Nothing/Someone" explores what it means for our body and mind to belong to us wholly, irrevocably, and on our own terms. In pulsing, energetic prose that is both precise and probing, Alice manages to untangle the stories told to her by her parents, the American psychiatric complex, and her own broken mind to craft a unique and mesmerizing narrative of emergence and, finally, cure.


Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club): A Novel By Angie Kim Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593448205
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Published: Hogarth - August 29th, 2023

When a father goes missing, his family’s desperate search leads them to question everything they know about him and one another in this thrilling page-turner. A deeply moving portrait of a family in crisis from the award-winning author of "Miracle Creek." “This is a story with so many twists and turns I was riveted through the last page.” — Jodi Picoult


The Hundred Loves of Juliet: A Novel By Evelyn Skye Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593499245
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Published: Del Rey - August 1st, 2023

A woman discovers that she is part of a legendary love story that spans lives, years, and continents in this modern-day reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. “Cleverly imagines the epilogue Romeo and Juliet didn’t get to have, and how curses can be blessings in disguise.” —Jodi Picoult


Julie and the Mango Tree By Sadé Smith, Sayada Ramdial (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sadé Smith, Sayada Ramdial (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250806345
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 8th, 2023

Coupled with Sayada Ramdial’s bright and colorful artwork, "Julie and the Mango Tree" will have readers of all ages giggling—and craving a mango of their own!


The Lost Library By Rebecca Stead, Wendy Mass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250838810
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 29th, 2023

Readers are introduced to a little free library guarded by a cat and a boy who takes on the mystery it keeps. Told in turn by a ghost librarian named Al, an aging (but beautiful) cat named Mortimer, and Evan himself, "The Lost Library" is a timeless story from award-winning authors Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass. It’s about owning your truth, choosing the life you want, and the power of a good book (and, of course, the librarian who gave it to you).


Worst Love Spell Ever! (Middle School and Other Disasters #2) By Wanda Coven, Anna Abramskaya (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Wanda Coven, Anna Abramskaya (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781665937207
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Published: Simon Spotlight - August 29th, 2023

In this hilarious sequel to the "Worst Broommate Ever", witch-in-training Heidi Heckelbeck wants her crush to notice her. Featuring black-and-white illustrations and doodles throughout and sparkly foil on the cover!


Stuntboy, In-Between Time By Jason Reynolds, Raúl the Third (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Raúl the Third (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534418226
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2023

From Newbery Medal honoree and bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes the sequel to the hilarious, hopeful, and action-packed middle grade novel "Stuntboy in the Meantime" about the greatest young superhero you’ve never heard of, jam packed with illustrations by Raúl the Third.


The Brothers Hawthorne (The Inheritance Games #4) By Jennifer Lynn Barnes Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316480772
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2023

Four brothers. Two missions. One explosive read. Jennifer Lynn Barnes returns to the world of her #1 bestselling, TikTok sensation "Inheritance Games" trilogy, and the stakes have never been higher.  


Tilly in Technicolor By Mazey Eddings Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781250328120
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 15th, 2023

Mazey Eddings's sparkling YA debut about two neurodivergent teens who form a connection over the course of a summer.


Unexpecting: A Novel By Jen Bailey Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250780942
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 22nd, 2023

A poignant and emotional story about found family, what it means to be a parent, and falling in love.


American Royals IV: Reign By Katharine McGee Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593429747
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2023

A queen's life hangs in the balance, and her siblings’ decisions—about what to do, and most of all, who to love—could change the course of history. Romance. Duty. Power...only one can triumph in this stunning conclusion to the "American Royals" series.


Forty Words for Love By Aisha Saeed Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593326466
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Published: Kokila - August 22nd, 2023

In this tender genre-bending young adult novel two teen protagonists grow from friends to something more in the aftermath of a tragedy in their magical town.


Forged by Blood: A Novel (The Tainted Blood Duology #1) By Ehigbor Okosun Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063112629
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 8th, 2023

A brilliant new voice brings us a brilliant new epic fantasy novel. Ehigbor Okosun’s first book in an action-packed, poignant duology inspired by Nigerian mythology—full of magic and emotion and set in a highly atmospheric, complex world in which a young woman fights to survive a tyrannical society, having everything stripped away from her, and seeks vengeance for her mother’s murder and the spilled blood of her people.