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August Must Reads

Aug 8 2014 - 8:00am

Before the season comes to an end, it's time to add some new titles to your Summer reading list! This month, get excited for brand-new fiction from The Alchemist author Paulo Coelho, life advice from Grumpy Cat, and a book by Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough. Whether you plan to curl up with a new book on your commute or find one for your next getaway, take a look at the must-read books hitting shelves in August, plus POPSUGAR Love & Sex's picks [1]!

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

In Marie-Helene Bertino's debut novel, 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas [2], the stories of three people are unexpectedly woven together, including that of a rebellious 9-year-old, an elementary school teacher, and a jazz club owner.

Out Aug. 5

Taking the Lead

In Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion [3], Dancing With the Stars' Derek Hough opens up about his early life, his career, and his time in Hollywood.

Out Aug. 5

One of Us

In Tawni O'Dell's thriller One of Us [4], a forensic psychologist returns to his hometown only to discover shocking truths about his family and his past.

Out Aug. 19

The Story Hour

Bestselling author Thrity Umrigar writes about friendship, family, and forgiveness in The Story Hour [5]. In it, a psychologist named Maggie finds herself invested in a patient's story, inviting the young woman to live with her and beginning a complicated friendship that forces her to confront her own secrets.

Out Aug. 19

Your Face in Mine

Swamplandia author Karen Russell calls Jess Row's book Your Face in Mine [6] a "fearless, unforgettable novel." In it, a man who's grieving the loss of his wife and child comes across a white childhood friend who's undergone surgery to pass as African-American, rekindling the relationship as he struggles with love and loss.

Out Aug. 14

Adultery

Popular author Paulo Coelho is back with Adultery [7], a book about a woman who's struggling with midlife boredom, only to rediscover her passion and face a difficult decision when she reconnects with her high school boyfriend.

Out Aug. 19

When the World Was Young

When the World Was Young [8] by Elizabeth Gaffney tells the story of Wally Baker, a young woman who feels like she doesn't fit in. Set in postwar Brooklyn, the book follows Wally and her family as they make their way through the aftermath of WWII.

Out Aug. 5

Friendswood

Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert calls René Steinke's book Friendswood [9] "absolutely masterful." The novel tells the compelling, up-and-down stories of people in a small town called Friendswood, TX, after the area faces a major tragedy.

Out Aug. 14

The Invention of Exile

Vanessa Manko's debut novel, The Invention of Exile [10], tells the story of a family that's struggling to stay connected across borders, with a woman and her children living in America as her husband remains stranded in Mexico City.

Out Aug. 14

The Grumpy Guide to Life

Grumpy Cat's The Grumpy Guide to Life [11] features Grumpy Cat's "demotivational" tips on love, friendship, and more.

Out Aug. 5

We Are Not Ourselves

Matthew Thomas's debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves [12], follows the epic story of an Irish-American family trying to make it in the 20th century. The Art of Fielding author Chad Harbach calls it "powerfully moving," saying protagonist Eileen is "a real addition to our literature."

Out Aug. 19

No Safe House

Bestselling author Linwood Barclay's latest thriller, No Safe House [13], tells the story of Terry Archer and his family. Years after experiencing a dark, haunting night, they find themselves tangled up in another dangerous, suspenseful ordeal, their lives left in jeopardy.

Out Aug. 5

The Dog: Stories

Jack Livings's The Dog: Stories [14] is a collection that covers a range of characters living in modern China. The stories dive into portraits of a gangster who clashes with his gay grandson, a journalist who can't compete with younger writers, and more.

Out Aug. 5

The House We Grew Up In

Me Before You author Jojo Moyes calls Lisa Jewell's The House We Grew Up In [15] "clever" and "wonderful." In it, a family's torn apart by tragedy before they're forced to come back together and return to the house where they once lived.

Out Aug. 12

The Miniaturist

Jessie Burton's debut novel, The Miniaturist [16], is set in 17th century Amsterdam, where a young woman named Nella receives a small replica of her new home from her husband, Johannes. After turning to a miniaturist to help her furnish the replica, she discovers strange, dangerous secrets that make her question everything.

Out Aug. 26

Lock In

Lock In [17] by John Scalzi follows FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann as they investigate the crime behind a new, contagious virus that spreads across the globe.

Out Aug. 26

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Set in 1943, Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North [18] follows an Australian surgeon at a Japanese POW camp as he wrestles with his own demons and struggles to take care of the men under his command.

Out Aug. 12

The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas

In Mary Gordon's collection of novellas, The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas [19], she writes about a naive high school student, a woman who has to face her first husband, and young American women spending time abroad.

Out Aug. 5

The Story of Land and Sea

Katy Simpson Smith's The Story of Land and Sea [20] takes place during the American Revolution, following three generations of a family as they each struggle with love, relationships, and wartime challenges.

Out Aug. 26

Henna House

Henna House: A Novel [21] by Nomi Eve is a coming-of-age story about a young woman who's forced to flee after her parents pass away, only to face old loves and traditions and discover they aren't what they used to be.

Out Aug. 12

A Colder War

A series of deadly incidents strike in A Colder War [22] by Charles Cumming, which follows M16 agent Tom Kell as he tries to put the pieces together and discover the missing link.

Out Aug. 5

Ride Around Shining

Ride Around Shining [23] by Chris Leslie-Hynan tackles issues of race and money through the story of a young, white chauffeur and his employer, an African-American NBA player.

Out Aug. 5


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