This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 6 — August 12

This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 6 — August 12

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.

The Misfortune of Marion Palm

Readers hunting for a bit of dark humor, look no further. Emily Culliton’s debut novel kicks off with Marion Palm on the run from auditors and her family, with $40,000 stuffed in a backpack. She’s been embezzling money from her daughter’s private school for years and fears that it has finally caught up to her. She shares the narration with her husband Nathan (the heir to a once-wealthy family), teenage daughter Ginny, and younger daughter Jane. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said “This debut novel signals the arrival of an exciting talent.” We have to agree.

Among the Dead

Rachel Carver turned in her badge after her last case left a young mother dead. She can’t shake the guilt she feels over the death, but she also can’t help but miss her job as a homicide investigator. When her former partner, Danny Braddock, reaches out to ask for her help, Rachel says yes and joins him in a small mountain community where a killer is on the loose. This is a first in a new series following Rachel and Danny, and we predict readers will be eager for the next installment.

Life in Code

Readers interested in coding, computers, and technology will not want to miss this one. Ellen Ullman explores the origins and impact of the digital revolution through essays that cover her early days as a computer programer in the 1970s and her thoughts on the future of technology. Ullman explores everything from artificial intelligence to sexism women face in the field. In a starred review Kirkus called the book a “sharply written, politically charged memoir of life in the data trenches by computer pioneer Ullman.

The Talented Ribkins

In his youth, Johnny Ribkins had been a member of the Justice Committee, a group who used their superhero-like abilities to protect black activists and support the civil rights movement. But these days, 72-year-old Johnny finds that he’s the one in need of protection. He stole money from his mobster boss and the time to return it is ticking closer. Johnny and his niece Eloise are combining their powers and racing to Florida to return the money before it’s too late.

The Flirtation

Lynne Ryder thought that she made the perfect submissive for dominant Simon Neal, but then he broke her heart. For years she steered clear of anything to do with the BDSM community, until she accepts an invitation to a group meeting and starts connecting with members on message boards. That’s where she rediscovers Simon. On a whim, Lynne creates a fake profile and begins chatting with him. She’s falling hard and fast for him once more, but what will happen when Simon finds out who she really is?

The Authentics

When tasked with a school genealogy assignment, fifteen-year-old Daria Esfandyar learns that she isn’t fully Iranian; she’s half Mexican. Realizing that she must’ve been adopted, Daria sets out to find her biological mother. Thankfully, she’s armed with a great group of friends—the titular Authentics—who are prepared to support her through it all. This young adult novel is a funny and moving tale about identity, self-discovery, and family.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Young adult readers looking for a tale of action and adventure, with a mix of Chinese folklore, will devour this book by F.C. Yee. Sixteen-year-old Genie Lo thinks that the biggest obstacle she’ll face in the next year is getting accepted into the college of her choice, but that takes a back seat when her town is overtaken by monsters. Quentin Sun, a transfer student, believes that Genie alone has the power to stop them and he’s prepared to help her awaken the power dormant inside of her so that she can save the world.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s story is sure to inspire young readers everywhere. Even though her family didn’t approve of her aspirations, Ginsburg knew that she wanted to follow her dreams. She was discriminated against frequently as a Jewish woman, but she didn’t let any of that stop her from becoming a lawyer, professor, judge, and Supreme Court Justice. This book captures various moments of injustice that Ginsberg faced and it highlights how her belief in herself and her inner strength helped her to keep moving forward.

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