This Week’s Hottest Releases: 7/26 – 8/1

This Week’s Hottest Releases: 7/26 – 8/1

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 10 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 Dying Grass

National Book Award winner William Vollmann is back with this new epic about the Nez Perce War of 1877. The Washington Post warmly calls this novel “the reading experience of a lifetime,” and compares Vollmann favorably to Cormac McCarthy. At nearly 1,400 pages, this book is long and bloody,  but promises to deliver on its considerable heft. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that you could use the hardcover as a doorstop; if the hype is to be believed (and we think it is), this is a book worth your time and attention.


On Writing

If you’re a fan of Charles Bukowski, the author Kirkus recently called “the ‘Dirty Old Man’ of American letters,” then this book is for you. Packed with rants, drawings, musings, and notes, this compendium is sure to please readers who are devoted to his work, and will shed new light on Bukowski’s complex and literary inner life. You’ll laugh, you’ll shake your head, you’ll be impressed by the high-profile company Bukowski kept. Abel Debritto does an admirable job compiling these insidery tidbits, and the curious reader is sure to be rewarded. Years after Bukowski’s death, his prose is still like no one else’s.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Do you love food? Do you love fiction? Then say no more. This book is for you. J. Ryan Stradal weaves a delicious tale about the supper club scene and a young woman named Eva who finds herself an emerging star within its culture. At the same time, ingredients and dishes flash before the reader’s eyes, and a mother-daughter plot emerges. Foodies, missing this book would be just as bad as missing a reservation at your favorite spot. This debut novel will warm your heart and make your stomach rumble.


Pretty Baby

Mary Kubica impressed us last year with her debut mystery The Good Girl, so we are extremely excited to be picking up her latest, which is rumored to be even better. They say no good deed goes unpunished, and Heidi learns this the hard way after taking in a homeless teenager and her child. Told in multiple perspectives, Kubica maximizes the thrills as the story unfolds one character at a time, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

Circling the Sun

If you read the bestselling novel The Paris Wife, then we don’t need to tell you who Paula McLain is. This is McLain’s second historical novel, and this time she’s taking on Beryl Markham. Markham captivated international audiences when, in 1936, she flew alone in a two-seater prop plane across the Atlantic Ocean. McLain paints a vivid backstory for this famed British-born Kenyan aviator, whose life as an adventurer and racehorse trainer practically begs to be written about. This is an engrossing work of historical fiction, and it is not to be missed.


Brush Back

If you’re a thriller reader who happens to worship the Chicago Cubs, then there has never been a better book for you than this read from Sara Paretsky. Detective V.I. Warshawski has a new project: taking on a quarter-century old murder case at the request of a client who hates her guts. Family drama and police procedural antics abound in this delightfully pun-laden thriller that marries Wrigley Field trivia with murder and mayhem. This may be the 17th book in Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski series, but Paretsky is still going strong.


The Highlander Takes a Bride

Saidh grew up surrounded by seven brothers and their wild spirits certainly rubbed off on her. She can curse, swing a sword, and ride horses just as well as any of the Buchanan boys. As for men other than her brothers, she’s fine to ignore them in favor of remaining single and free. That all changes though when she stumbles across Laird MacDonnell, in all of his naked glory, bathing in the loch.



Perhaps not the best book to read on a cruise this summer, this novel focuses on five teenagers who end up stuck in a small, open boat in the middle of the Atlantic. Brazilians Driana, JoJo, and Stef are enjoying a summer in their Hamptons mansion when they meet Matt and John, two friends spending their summer working in Montauk. The boys are invited to the mansion and end up going on a rescue mission in a stolen boat when Stef decides to go windsurfing and gets into trouble. This is more than just a tale of adventure gone awry: Paul Griffin deftly explores the intricacies of class and the impact endless days at sea have on the human mind. We recommend reading this from the safety of the shoreline.


The Maloneys’ Magical Weatherbox

Many joke that Ireland only has one season—the rainy season—though, in this comical tale, chaos reigns when all of the seasons are unleashed at once. Neil and Liz’s father, the Weatherman, receives incoming calls four times a year through the phone booth in front of their home. The calls signal the changing of the seasons. But as the end of summer nears, the phone doesn’t ring and autumn doesn’t come. Turns out a jealous neighbor wanted the Weatherman’s powers for himself, but can she control them now that she has them?


Where Are You, Blue?

Pink Dot was kind enough to invite all of the Dots in Dot Town to her home for dinner, but one special guest is running late. Reminiscent of a game of telephone (something parents will recall and children will likely not), the news of Blue Dot’s late arrival is twisted into crazy ideas of where he could be. Perhaps on the moon? Or sailing the seas with pirates? Is he shunning the dinner because he wants to grow all of his own food as a farmer? Blue Dot’s arrival ends the wild imaginings of the other Dots, but readers will want to revisit those rhyming theories over and over again.


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