Summer may be coming to a close, but your book club memories will last forever! To ensure your next meeting is one for the record books, we’ve rounded up some of the most discussable books coming out this August. Whether your group wants to dive into a work of historical fiction, a love story, or an account of true events, we’ve got a book here for you.
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Your book club will love getting to know firefighter Cassie Hanwell. Cassie has built a good life for herself in Texas and fits in well with her team at the firehouse despite the fact that she’s the only woman. But when her mom says she needs Cassie in Boston, Cassie’s life changes. She doesn’t exactly receive a warm welcome at her new Boston firehouse, and it seems as though her male coworkers resent having a woman in their ranks. Cassie’s got her hands full as it is when she develops feelings for a fellow firefighter. Your club will love following Cassie’s journey.
Historical fiction fans, this one’s for you. Stacey Lee transports readers to 1890 Atlanta, where 17-year-old Jo Kuan is working as a lady’s maid. Once her shift ends, however, she gets to work as Miss Sweetie, the city’s popular advice columnist. Jo’s pen name offers her the ability to comment openly on society’s mistreatment of people based on their gender and race. While some commend her, others make it their mission to uncover her true identity. The Downstairs Girl is one of our must-read YA books of the summer, and your group won’t want to miss it.
Nuri and Afra have made their home in Aleppo, Syria. But when war upends their lives and their city, they leave in search of a safe place to stay. Afra, who has always loved and created art, suffers from blindness after witnessing the horrors in Aleppo. She and Nuri journey towards safety, remembering their pasts and reflecting on the uncertainty of their futures. Author Christy Lefteri volunteered in a refugee camp, and says she was inspired by those experiences as she wrote this book. Your book club will carry Nuri and Afra in your hearts long after turning the final page.
Book clubs looking for love won’t want to miss the latest from Alisha Rai. Rhiannon Hunter’s experiences in the tech industry haven’t always been pleasant, but after creating a dating app of her own, things seem to be turning around. She’s even considering expanding her brand by acquiring the dating service Matchmaker—at least until she learns that Samson Lima, the pro football player who ghosted her, is their spokesperson. If your group loves discussions about feminism, women in tech, and modern dating, you’ll find this book to be your perfect match.
Machine by Susan Steinberg
Is your book club looking to pick up something a little different? If so, Susan Steinberg’s Machine might be just the thing. Steinberg plays with form in this unusual novel about teenagers enjoying the beach over the summer. One of those teenagers–a young woman–drowns one night, and the rest of the group must grapple with their own culpability. We bet your club will love discussing how the Steinberg’s stylistic decisions impact the reader’s experience of this novel.
In this fascinating work of nonfiction, author Sarah Miller takes a look at the lives of the first quintuplets to survive infancy: Yvonne, Annette, Cécile, Émilie, and Marie Dionne. Born on May 28, 1934 in an Ontario farmhouse, the girls captured the attention of the world. The Chicago World’s Fair even wanted to exhibit the sisters. Their parents, overwhelmed by the media circus surrounding the children, turned custody of the quints over to the Red Cross, who exploited them almost instantly. With crossover potential for both YA and adult audiences, this book is ideal for readers looking for an intimate glimpse at a unique family.