Summer means vacations and long, lazy weekends—occasions when you always need a good book. We recommend these great August titles, and you can nominate your favorites for the August 2014 LibraryReads List (due July 1)!
THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
In the new book in the New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, the former Chief Inspector of Homicide is happily retired in Three Pines, but must help his friend Clara Morrow find her estranged husband, Peter. (While you’re waiting for Penny’s latest blockbuster, join the great Gamache re-read now and relive those favorite Three Pines moments!)
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THE KILLS by Richard House
This epic four-books-in-one thriller longlisted for the Man Booker prize begins with a man on the run and ends with a burned body, moving across continents, characters, and genres. “Part Olen Steinhauer spy thriller and part Roberto Bolaño art novel, with a huge cast of characters, many Middle Eastern settings, and a puzzle of a time-shifting plot, THE KILLS is a work of intense artistic conviction and demands a serious commitment from its readers. They’ll be rewarded, even if the center of this dazzlingly large picture is elusive.” — Booklist, starred review
A COLDER WAR by Charles Cumming
A brilliant novel of MI6 and modern espionage by the New York Times bestselling author of A FOREIGN COUNTRY and THE TRINITY SIX. “Cumming has established himself, along with Olen Steinhauer, as one of the best of today's old-school espionage novelists…. Superb espionage fiction in the grand tradition.”
— Booklist, starred review
SMALL BLESSINGS by Martha Woodroof
Readers who loved MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND will adore this inspiring debut of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had. “What could have become a sappy tale in less capable hands is a warm, caring, and thoroughly entertaining debut that reads remarkably well. NPR pro Woodroof is no novice writer, and her first novel will have readers eager for more.” — Library Journal, starred review
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
In Hugo Award-winning author Scalzi’s latest sci-fi novel, a virus known as “Haden's syndrome” has swept the globe, creating the largest medical crisis in history with nearly 5 million people “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. In this new world, rookie FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann must investigate a Haden-related murder that may have much larger implications in this new society.
THE FROZEN DEAD by Bernard Minier
A suspenseful and “compelling” (Booklist, starred & boxed review) murder mystery set in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane and the snowy mountains of the French Pyrénées. “French author Minier’s assured debut adroitly combines a genuinely creepy series of crimes, a literally chilling atmosphere, and a dogged detective. Minier’s execution equals his considerable cleverness.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
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SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
Following the powerful A KILLING IN THE HILLS and BITTER RIVER from Pulitzer winner Keller, a spate of violent crime in Acker's Gap, WV casts suspicion on a struggling young woman's family. “A literate, gritty, character-driven tale with another surprise ending.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review on BITTER RIVER
THE FURIES by Natalie Haynes
In this psychological page-turner set at a “last-chance” school for teens, a teacher hides from her own terrible tragedy by teaching the Greek classics to her troubled students. “Haynes's debut novel cleverly supplies suspense and an exploration of grief, blame, and revenge. Fans of suspense fiction with depth will especially enjoy this read.” — Library Journal
DRIVING WITH THE TOP DOWN by Beth Harbison
Two women go on an antiquing road trip and get more than they bargained for when they pick up a third, stranded woman in this hilarious and heartwarming new novel from New York Times bestseller Harbison.
THE ROOMMATES: True Tales of Friendship, Rivalry, Romance, and Disturbingly Close Quarters, edited by Stephanie Wu & Hanya Yanagihara
In the second entry of Picador True Tales, people of all ages reveal their disastrous, hilarious, and sometimes moving stories of making their best friend for life or lifelong nemesis in one of life's trickiest rites of passage.
TO DIE FUR by Dixie Lyle
An animal-loving Gal Friday, a telepathic cat and shape-shifting dog set out to solve the biggest mystery they've ever encountered.
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