The best new books for August 2021



As back to school begins, it seems like the time is right to add to your own reading programs. The new books for August offer something for a lot of favorite areas of study. Do you like history? There you will find biographies, memoirs and historical fictions. Practically major in thrillers? Stephen King, Paula Hawkins, and Megan Abbott all have new offerings.

We’ve rounded up 20 new August books to read now, all available for purchase or pre-order on Amazon.


Stephen King’s “Billy Summers”

The King of Horror returns with this thriller about Billy Summers, a hitman who wants to get out of the murder business. A decorated Iraq War veteran who is only willing to hit bad guys who truly deserve what happens to them, Billy has to finish one more job before he retires, but of course everything is bad. Go ahead and erase your weekend now.

Sarah Ferguson's “Heart for Compass”


Sarah Ferguson’s “Heart for Compass”

The Duchess of York has written a novel, and if you like following the royal family – or if you really miss “Bridgerton” and “Downton Abbey” – you’ll want to delve into this coming-of-age story set in Victorian England. If the mere idea of ​​following the story of someone named Lady Margaret Montagu Scott doesn’t appeal to you, how about rejection of a social forced marriage, banishment from polite society, and a journey of discovery? self ? Pass the tea and crumpets.


“All the troubles that are common these days” by Rebecca Donner

Captioned “The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler,” this moving biography traces the life of Milwaukee-born PhD student Mildred Harnack. student living in Germany during the rise of the Nazi Party that founded Berlin’s largest underground resistance group. From helping Jews escape, spreading anti-Hitler leaflets, becoming a spy, to her capture and eventual execution, her little-known story is finally brought to light by her great-great-niece through newly discovered documents, diary entries, survivor stories and more.

Megan Abbott's


Megan Abbott’s “Participation”

Fans of Abbott’s black crime fiction (“Dare Me”, “The Fever”) will want to add it to their summer playlist. Located in a family ballet studio, it follows two sisters who take over the management of the company after the death of their parents. Everything seems fine, until an accident, which takes place just before the annual performance of “The Nutcracker”, sets off a series of events which, like ballet, as Abbott writes, are “full of dark fairy tales “.

'Afterparties: Stories' by Anthony Veasna So


‘Afterparties: Stories’ by Anthony Veasna So

Described as funny, ruthless, hopeful and moving, this first posthumous collection of stories of So, who died of a drug overdose in December, weaves the Cambodian American experience through every piece. From a high school badminton coach eager to reclaim his glory by beating a teenage star player, to a love affair set in the tech world, to sisters discussing their absent father who started a new one. family, he receives rave reviews for his energy and emotion.


“The Journey of Guilt” by Sandie Jones

Jones (“The Other Woman”) returns with a thriller thriller surrounding three couples – including Will and Ali, who are about to get married – all traveling to Portugal for the wedding. Ali is new to the group, while the others are all longtime friends, and at first she seems quite sweet. Until a secret is revealed about him, which leads to more and more secrets being revealed.


“Something New Under the Sun” by Alexandra Kleeman

The glitz and glamor of Hollywood’s near future becomes grainy and apocalyptic in Kleeman’s filmmaking story (a New York writer travels to California to oversee the film version of one of his books) mixed with disastrous droughts, forest fires and environmental corruption.


“Blind Tiger” by Sandra Brown

Historical fiction gets the action thriller treatment with the latest from bestselling Brown. Set in 1920’s Prohibition-era Texas, a soldier seeking to become a civilian again arrives in town the same day a local woman goes missing and soon finds himself not only a suspect but also a part of a war. against the moon.


“Spring of Damnation” by Ash Davidson

Set from 1977 to 1978 in Northern California, Davidson’s first saga, centered on a small redwood logging, deals with family, protests, struggles, greed, environmental damage and more – themes still relevant in 2021.


“Everything will be over soon” by Cecily Strong

The “Saturday Night Live” actress and star is frank in this pandemic-era memoir, which reads like a newspaper. Thinking briefly about his upbringing and rise to ‘SNL’, he tackles his struggles with coronavirus and isolation, but his real focus is his cousin, Owen, who died at the age of 30 from cancer of the breast. brain. Strong mourns her death but also remembers the positive lessons he shared with her.


Sarah Adlakha’s “She wouldn’t change a thing”

Fans of fictions and alternate lives / time travel will be drawn to Adlakha’s debut centering on Maria, 39, a psychiatrist, wife and mother of two with one on the way who one day wakes up in her 17-year-old body. years. When she learns that she has been fired to avoid a tragedy involving her husband’s family, will it change her future – or her – forever?

“The State must provide: ...


“The State must provide: …

In this in-depth examination of race in the higher education system, Harris, writer for The Atlantic, delves into the history of opportunities for blacks in education, including Supreme Court cases such as Plessy v. Ferguson, who upheld segregation, offers portraits of black pioneers in higher education, examines government and private sector funding for historically black colleges and universities, and examines the inequalities, challenges and failures that continue to endure. in the system, as well as some thoughts on how to fix them.


“All In: An Autobiography” by Billie Jean King

With 20 wins at Wimbledon and 39 Grand Slam titles – not to mention Bobby Riggs’ infamous loss in the “Battle of the Sexes” match – Billie Jean King is cemented as one of tennis’s all-time legends. Her new autobiography looks back on her success but also focuses on the women’s movement, civil rights, sexism, her eating disorder and her denunciation at the age of 51. Prepare to be inspired.

'Burning Man: The Trials of DH Lawrence' by Frances Wilson


‘Burning Man: The Trials of DH Lawrence’ by Frances Wilson

Wilson’s biography of the famous author tackles new territory, focusing on Lawrence’s life from 1915 to 1925, during which he was tried for obscenity for “The Rainbow”, traveled the world and was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Structured like Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” into three sections – Hell, Purgatory and Heaven – it weaves itself into diaries, memoirs and letters to give a more in-depth insight into the influential writer.


Kat Chow’s “Seeing Ghosts”

In a moving memoir of grief, loss and love, journalist Chow, who co-founded NPR’s “Code Switch”, explores the aftermath of her mother’s unexpected death and her family’s emigration from China and from Hong Kong to Cuba and America.

'The love songs of WEB Du Bois' by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers


‘The love songs of WEB Du Bois’ by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

In her fiction debut, the 2020 National Book Award-nominated poet Jeffers traces the history of Ailey Pearl Garfield’s family – from her slave ancestors to her parents’ marriage to her own history of transition to life. adulthood – focusing on growing up black in America.


“La folie des foules” by Louise Penny

The latest novel in Chief Inspector Armand Gamache’s hit series from Penny returns to the village of Three Pines in Quebec, where Gamache is spending the holidays with his family. Tasked with ensuring the safety of a professor with a horrific agenda that begins to spread widely, a murder takes place – and Gamache must investigate.

“God, human, animal, machine: technology, metaphor and search for meaning” by Meghan O'Gieblyn


“God, human, animal, machine: technology, metaphor and search for meaning” by Meghan O’Gieblyn

Philosopher O’Gieblyn (“Inner States”) explores the relationship between technology and religion through essays that touch on artificial intelligence, morality, the “enchantment” of the Internet, faith and to spirituality, etc.


“A Slow Burning Fire” by Paula Hawkins

Fans of “The Girl on the Train”, get ready for your next thrill ride. Hawkins’ latest follows three women – all linked to a man found murdered in a London barge and all harboring their own resentments and secrets. Filled with twists and turns, it promises to keep you going until the end.


“The House of the Riviera” by Natasha Lester

Remy Lang mysteriously inherits a house on the Riviera where she discovers evidence that a painting from her childhood home was a work of art stolen during WWII. His research led to Paris in 1939 and Eliane, who worked with the French Resistance, risking her life to prevent the Nazis from stealing precious treasures. Based on real facts.


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