This Week’s Hottest Releases: 8/23 – 8/29

This Week’s Hottest Releases: 8/23 – 8/29

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.



Breaking her pattern for the first time in her Alphabet series, Sue Grafton’s the 24th installment is simply titled X. What that stands for? You’ll have to read to find out, though it looks intimidating enough standing solo on the cover. We can tell you that Kinsey Millhone is back and just as sharp as ever. This time around begins with her taking what she believes to be a simple case, but quickly realizing that there’s much more hiding beneath the surface. The end is near, but thankfully that means we have two more books to look forward to.


Secondhand Souls

Fans of Christopher Moore’s A Dirty Job are certainly rejoicing now that the sequel is hitting shelves. Things seem normal in San Francisco: people are born, people die. But the souls of the dearly departed aren’t being properly collected—they’re being stolen. Death Merchant Charlie Asher doesn’t have the answers and until he finds a new body to play host, he won’t be able to hunt them down. Thankfully, his girlfriend Audrey is on the case. The two pull together a ragtag group of heroes to save the day and the souls of the dead.


You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

In case you didn’t notice, we’ve been anticipating this release all summer long. And we’re not the only ones: Slate, Literary Hub, and even Vogue are clearly fans of Alexandra Kleeman and her debut novel. The book is hard to describe but it’s essentially a look at the toxic and strange relationship between consumer culture and women. It’s smart, subversive, and the ideal read for the end of summer.

Rising Strong

If you don’t try, you’ll never succeed. But what happens when you try and fail? Brené Brown has been studying human behavior for nearly 15 years and in Daring Greatly she encouraged people to dream bigger and reach higher than they ever had before. In this new title, she combats the fear and worry that spring up when trying doesn’t work. If you’re in need of a helping hand or just someone to light a fire under you, this is the perfect book.

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The Nature of the Beast

Whether this is your first encounter with Chief Inspector Gamache or if you’ve been here for the last ten cases, you’re sure to be captivated by this chilling mystery. No one believes 9-year-old Laurent’s tale of a gun-toting monster wandering in the woods around the village of Three Pines, until the young boy turns up dead. Man’s capacity for both good and evil is explored in stunning and terrifying detail—especially when Gamache learns that this is not the first time the killer has visited the village.


The Fall of Princes

Every week is shark week when you work on Wall Street, and few know this better than our narrator. An unnamed former trader, he rose to incredible heights during the 1980s, only to find that you can’t stay at the top forever… and it’s a long, long way down. There’s cocaine, prostitutes, and more of spending in excess, of course, but author Robert Goolrick focuses his real attention on how a man rebuilds himself after the dust settles.


Scotsman of My Dreams

Before he left to fight in the American Civil War, Dalton MacIain had forged a salacious reputation for himself. But when an accident leaves him blind, he returns home to London in hopes of keeping out of the spotlight. Minerva Todd refuses to let him rest, though. She’s on the hunt for her missing brother and heard that Dalton had the answers she sought. Dalton has no interest in helping Minerva, not when he blames her missing brother for the loss of his sight. But he can’t help feeling drawn to such an intelligent and determined woman—especially when she’s spirited enough to pull him from his misery and reignite his passion for life once more.


A favorite from our Summer YA Preview, Mechanica is the ideal read for fans of steampunk and fairy tales. A truly modern take on Cinderella, protagonist Nicolette is passionate about engineering and would much rather attend the king’s Cultural Exposition Gala than the ball. She’s determined to leave her old life begin and prove that she has what it takes to make it as an inventor. The shelves seem to be filled with retellings these days, but this one is not to be missed.


Becoming Maria

Before she swept the clouds away and found her way to Sesame Street, Sonia Manzano had to simply learn to survive in the South Bronx. In her memoir, Manzano opens up about her alcoholic father, growing up in poverty, and learning to find glimmers of hope in a dark childhood. Readers who grew up knowing her as Maria will especially love her early passion for acting and budding desire to become an actress.



Fourth grader George is certain of one thing: Despite everyone telling her otherwise, she is a girl and not a boy. Try as she might, George can’t even convince her own mother that she’s transgender. That’s when she hatches a plan. If she can play the part of Charlotte in her school’s production of Charlotte’s Web, then maybe her mom will finally see that she’s meant to be female. Told through third-person narration, this moving story explores George’s struggle to show the world who she truly is.


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