This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 20 — August 26

This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 20 — August 26

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Summer Previews for the best books coming out this season.


Midwinter Break

Bernard MacLaverty’s novel, Midwinter Break, takes readers into the relationship between Gerry and Stella Gilmore. Gerry and Stella have been married for a long time, and the two are happily retired and about to take a trip to Scotland. What unfolds on that trip, however, will expose fissures in their bond that could threaten to break them apart. This book gets at the heart of what makes relationships complex, and readers will find themselves fascinated and totally engrossed by this tale.


For those interested in psychoanalysis and the legacy of Sigmund Freud, then Frederick Crews’ latest book will be nothing short of riveting. Freud’s ideas have been challenged consistently in the last half-century, and in this exciting volume, Crews digs into Freud’s work and his life to supply readers with a far more complicated understanding of him. In a starred review, Kirkus called this book: “Impressively well-researched, powerfully written, and definitively damning.”


If you’re a fan of medical thrillers, then we don’t need to tell you who Robin Cook is. Cook is back with the story of Noah Rothauser. Noah notices something strange is going on at the prestigious hospital where he works. The pressure is intense, and somehow, patients are dying under anaesthesia. It’s hard to know which doctor to blame, and what to do about the problem, but Noah knows that he will have to investigate and act quickly to keep the death toll from mounting any higher.

The New Voices of Fantasy

Admit it: It’s fun finding out about great new authors before any of your friends know about them. You get to look in-the-know, and you get to smile smugly every time one of your friends picks up a book you’ve recommended. If you’re with us, then The New Voices of Fantasy, with stories chosen by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman, is sure to set you on the right course. There’s an incredible range of subgenres in this volume, with stories from authors like Alyssa Wong and Carmen Maria Machado, and it’s sure to whet your appetite for a fall full of fantasy.

You Say It First

Pallas Saunders, owner of Weddings in a Box, loves nothing more than planning themed weddings. Unfortunately, passion alone is not enough to keep her business afloat, and Pallas begins to fear that she might have to close up shop and resort to working at her family’s bank. Her new hire, sculptor Nick Mitchell, isn’t about to let that happen. At first, Nick simply steps in to help Pallas with one wedding. But soon he’s captivated by her dedication to her work and willing to do whatever he can to help her dreams succeed. Fans of Susan Mallery’s contemporary romances will be ecstatic to learn that this is the first in a new series, Happily Inc.

Dress Codes for Small Towns

Billie McCaffrey’s friends matter to her more than anything, but when they all come together to save her town’s Harvest Festival, she realizes that her feelings for two of them may be shifting. Billie has kept her growing attraction to both Woods and Janie Lee a secret while she takes the time to think about her sexuality. But before she can decide on a course of action, Billie learns that Janie Lee has a crush on Woods too. Fans of realistic young adult novels will love this captivating novel that explores gender, sexuality, and friendship.

The First Rule of Punk

The first rule of punk is be yourself. Twelve-year-old Malú reminds herself of this rule after a catastrophic first day of school. Not only is she the new kid, but she managed to step on the toes of the most popular girl in middle school, she discovered her punk rock clothes violate the dress code, and she disappointed her mom. But Malú isn’t about to give up her passion for punk, and soon she’s formed a band, made friends, and taken a stand against her school’s anti-punk rules. Rock on, girl.


The World Is Not a Rectangle

This nonfiction picture book follows the life of Zaha Hadid, an architect who grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. As a child, Zaha loved to study ancient ruins and to imagine what buildings and cities would be like in the future. She started to sketch out her ideas, drawing inspiration from the natural world. Even though there were some who didn’t believe a Muslim woman could be a successful architect, Zaha let nothing hold her back and she traveled to London, England to study design. This is an inspiring tale of working hard to make dreams come true.


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