6 GREAT NEW BOOKS TO READ IN AUGUST
Lots of debuts and a Pulitzer winner. Organized by publishing date.
- •Into the Valley by Ruth GalmDark 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
- •All That Followed by Gabriel UrzaA debut novel that draws inspiration from the tragic 2004 Madrid train station bombings, told in a series of well-paced vignettes. Aug 4
- •The State We're In: Maine Stories by Ann BeattieShort 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.
- •Fortune Smiles by Adam JohnsonJohnson 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
- •Last Mass by Jamie IredellA book-length lyric essay is a meditation on Catholicism, oppression, and Grizzly bears with some Cali history thrown in. Aug 25
- •You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra KleemanAnother 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