6 GREAT NEW BOOKS TO READ IN AUGUST

Lots of debuts and a Pulitzer winner. Organized by publishing date.
  1. Into the Valley by Ruth Galm
    Dark debut novel about a woman from San Francisco who kicks off a road trip from hell with a forged check and a checkered past. Drawing comparisons to Dideon's Play It As It Lays. Aug 4
  2. All That Followed by Gabriel Urza
    A debut novel that draws inspiration from the tragic 2004 Madrid train station bombings, told in a series of well-paced vignettes. Aug 4
  3. The State We're In: Maine Stories by Ann Beattie
    Short form master Ann Beattie delivers her first volume of new stories in a decade. Some, like "Major Maybe," you may have spotted in the New Yorker. Aug 11.
  4. Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson
    Johnson won the Pulitzer in 2013 for his North Korea-set novel The Orphan Master's Son. New collection of short stories (one published in Esquire) speaks to a deep yearning for human connectedness with humor. Aug 18
  5. Last Mass by Jamie Iredell
    A book-length lyric essay is a meditation on Catholicism, oppression, and Grizzly bears with some Cali history thrown in. Aug 25
  6. You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman
    Another first time novelist tells a satirical tale of a TV-obsessed woman who joins a religious cult, only its diet, food, and body image that are the holy trinity. Like "White Noise"? You'll like this. Aug 25