12 books to accompany you until the end of summer

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Already, it is the month of August. Maybe you’ve read all the books on that summer list you made in May. Maybe you haven’t started yet. Maybe you just want to start all over again this summer reading. No matter. We’re here to help, with 12 books to get you through the fall — when you can start making a whole new list!

‘Aka Emma,’ by Ava Glass

British spy Emma Makepeace stars in Glass’ James Bond-inspired spy novel. Makepeace – not his real name, of course – gets his first big assignment: find an innocent man wanted by the Russian government and bring him safely to MI6. It’s not a simple task, and readers are better off for it. Her target doesn’t want her protection – and there are spies all over London trying to stop Emma in her tracks. Glass, aka Christi Daugherty, writer of the YA mystery series Cimmeria Academy, has penned a fast-paced thriller from the mind of Ian Fleming, with a very modern twist. (dwarf rooster)

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“Amy & Lan” by Sadie Jones

Amy and Lachlan, the child narrators of Jones’ sixth novel, live in a bucolic town in England with their parents, refugees from city life. Children come of age playing unsupervised, feeling like the king and queen of an untouched utopia. But the real world encroaches on their idyll when long-buried faultlines rock the community, and Amy and Lan try to make sense of some very adult issues in their childish ways. (Harper, August 16)

“Birds and us: a 12,000 year history, from rock art to conservation”, by Tim Birkhead

Dogs may be man’s (or mankind’s) best friend, but birds hold another beloved place in our hearts and minds. In “Birds and Us”, Birkhead, a British bird behaviorist and scientific historian, explores the special relationship between birds and humans over 12,000 years. Birkhead, whose previous books include the delightful “Bird Sense,” which offered answers to the age-old question, What’s it like to be a bird?, has an approachable style, even when explaining concepts. complex scientists. (Princeton)

“The Book Eaters”, by Sunyi Dean

Dean takes the idea of ​​devouring a book to a whole new level in his new fantasy novel: The Title Book Eaters are a cult group who literally eat books. When these partial humans consume, say, a dictionary, they not only get a hearty meal, but also the knowledge contained in the reference material. It seems like a great way to satisfy many needs. But in this clever dystopian tale, a book eater named Devon, who grew up on a fairy tale diet, discovers that life is all but when she tries to save her son from the machinations of book eaters who want him for them. . (Tor)

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“The Boys” by Katie Hafner

Hafner, journalist and non-fiction author (“Mother Daughter Me,” “A Romance on Three Legs”), causes a stir with her debut novel thanks to a stunning twist. No spoilers here, but this story about bubbly Barb, her wallflower husband, Ethan, and the 8-year-old twins they decide to foster is a funny and poignant meditation on a hot topic: loneliness. It’s also nearly impossible to put down. (Spiegel & Grau)

‘Bronze Drum’ by Phong Nguyen

In 40 AD, two sisters from present-day Vietnam defended their homeland against the Han Chinese. One, Trung Tac, would become Vietnam’s first female monarch – although her reign would not last long. Ngyuen’s historical novel vividly explores the sisters’ lives as well as how their authoritarian society of women went against the patriarchal norms of a Chinese culture that constantly threatened their freedom. (Large central)

‘Koshersoul: The Religious and Food Journey of an African-American Jew’, by Michael W. Twitty

Historian Twitty explores the intersection of black and Jewish cooking traditions in this follow-up to his award-winning 2018 book “The Cooking Gene.” As Twitty explains, his new book is about “some of the black food that’s also Jewish food…a book about Jewish food that’s also black food because it’s a book about blacks who are Jews and Jews who are black”. Twitty is Jewish and black himself. In this fascinating book – which includes recipes – Twitty explores, as he puts it, “the intersections between food and identity”. (Amistad)

“Love in the Brain”, by Ali Hazelwood

A year after TikTok helped send Hazelwood’s debut album, ‘The Love Hypothesis,’ which skyrocketed the bestseller list, the romance writer returns with an even funnier and funnier love story. hottest on STEM. In this episode, neuroscientist and Marie Curie fangirl Bee Königswasser gets her dream job at NASA. The only problem? She’ll have to be nice to her nemesis, who just happens to be tall, brooding, and dreamy in the nerdest way. (Sphere, August 23)

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“A Map for the Missing”, by Belinda Huijuan Tang

In this far-reaching novel, Tang Yitian, a Chinese-American math teacher, is called home to find his father, who has disappeared from the family home in rural China. The search takes Yitian on a journey into a sometimes painful past. As he searches for his father, he reconnects with old friends, reopens old wounds, and seeks not only to find his father, but also to better understand his place in the family he left for America. (PenguinPress)

On Java Road by Lawrence Osborne

Osborne’s latest novel is set in Hong Kong, where tensions run high as protesters clash with government forces. When a protester goes missing, a veteran British journalist named Adrian Gyle sets out to find out what happened and, ideally, find her. The woman happens to be the mistress of one of his friends. The tangles become more tangled as this atmospheric mystery unfolds. Osborne, author of ‘The Forgiven’ (2012), ‘Beautiful Animals’ (2017) and ‘The Glass Kingdom’ (2020), once again shows he is a master at capturing alien locations and tricky moral puzzles. (Hogart)

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“A Place in the World”, by Frances Mayes

In his memoirs “Under the Tuscan sun”, Mayes of course took us to Italy. On her last outing, she stays much closer to home. “A Place in the World” is a kind of homage to the South, where Mayes grew up – in Fitzgerald, Georgia. She also writes about Chatwood, a house in Hillsborough, North Carolina where she now lives after a major renovation. The experience is both a return to basics and a consideration of the past. “I came back to the South after a long dispute with the place,” she wrote. “Racism, sexist zeitgeist, anti-intellectualism, complacency. … These still hover, but this city, intolerant of such stupidity, is ambitious. (Crown, August 23)

“Thanks for listening”, by Julia Whelan

Whelan is best known for her voice: she’s the go-to audiobook narrator for countless best-selling authors. But she also has a distinctive voice in the sense of writing. In her moving second novel, a rising actress suffers a horrific accident that derails her career. For her second act, she becomes a successful — albeit ambivalent — audiobook narrator. But she finds a kindred spirit when she strikes up a flirtatious correspondence with an enigmatic man who tells romance novels. (Avon)

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