This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 14 — August 20

This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 14 — August 20

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 Golden Age

If you’ve been hankering for some historical fiction, then Joan London’s latest, which is set in Perth, Australia around the time of World War II, might be just the thing. The Golden Age takes its title from the name of a Perth polio hospital for children, and its chapters follow the lives of the institution’s young patients. While the patients rarely leave the four walls of the clinic, their lives are rich and full on the page, with artistic pursuits and blossoming relationships. London’s fiction is critically acclaimed and beloved in Australia, and The Golden Age seems likely to win her an ardent following stateside, too.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

You already know Amy Schumer, either from the movie Trainwreck or her popular series Inside Amy Schumer. Now, Schumer is coming out with a memoir that will having you roaring with laughter and also deepen your understanding of her life and story. The tonal range in this book will impress readers only familiar with Schumer’s comedy, and will undoubtedly win her even more devoted fans. Here at Bookish, the title of this book alone (and its play on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy) made us giggle, which bodes extremely well for its contents.

The Art of Rivalry

We all have experienced professional rivalries. But what happens when those rivalries are formative, and actually move us forward in our lives? This is the kind of dynamic that Sebastian Smee explores in his new book The Art of Rivalry. In it, Smee takes on four famous friendships between artists, and writes about how these rivalries gave the individuals’ careers just the push they needed. Readers will learn about the relationships between Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, and Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon.

Rise the Dark

It happened in Cassadaga, Florida. Mark Novak’s wife was shot to death, and he still doesn’t know why. Several years later in Montana, a young woman named Sabrina is abducted. These crimes aren’t totally disconnected, though. Mark Novak thinks the perpetrator in each case is the same person: Garland Webb. Readers will be drawn into the mystery of who killed Lauren Novak, and along the way encounter a group of domestic terrorists hell-bent on dismantling the power grid in the United States. This second installment in the Mark Novak series won’t disappoint.

Seven Skeletons

Fossils are fascinating, but some of them are more fascinating than others. In this book, Lydia Pyne tackles the stories of seven of the most famous fossils of our human ancestors, including the Peking Man, the Taung Child, and Lucy. Readers will get up close and personal with these fossils, and describe their impact on the world, where they live now, and what they’ve taught us about our early selves. We recommend this book for fans of paleoanthropology and for anyone who is interested in human history. Plus, who can pass up a book with neon skulls on the cover? Not us, that’s for sure.

The Last Days of Night

It is 1888 in New York, and the city looks very different from the way it does now. For one, the field of electricity is still young, and gas lights still light up the city streets at night. Enter Paul Cravath, a recent law school graduate who takes on a client, George Westinghouse, and a case that will change his life forever. Soon, Cravath is drawn into the exciting and fast-paced world of electric light, with its enormous financial stakes and formidable personalities (including Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla). PS: This book is being made into a movie starring Eddie Redmayne. Need we say more?

The Obelisk Gate

Publishers Weekly called N.K. Jemisin’s sequel to The Fifth Season “compelling, challenging, and utterly gripping.” In this book, readers reconnect with Essen, a powerful orogene (a person who can control geological forces). She’s searching for her daughter Nassun, who was taken by her father. But before Essen can find her, she’s roped into a mission with her old mentor, Alabaster. Together, he hopes that they can save the world from a deadly disaster that could destroy all life on the planet. Essen’s own hopes of finding her daughter must be put on hold while she faces her greatest challenge yet.

Poisoned Blade

The wait is finally over for fans of Kate Elliott’s Court of Fives. In the sequel, the world is changing quickly. Commoners are preparing to overthrow their Patron rulers and Jessamy (a girl born to a Commoner mother and a Patron father) finds herself caught in the middle. Her choice is made even more complicated by Kal, the Patron prince who she can’t help but love. Kirkus calls this a “nuanced and thrilling” sequel, and we’re sure that fans will agree.

Zoe in Wonderland

Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brenda Woods is back with a middle grade novel about a girl searching for what makes her special. Zoe Reindeer isn’t as smart as her younger brother and she isn’t perfect like her older sister. Instead, she’s “just Zoe.” The only place where she feels at peace with herself is among the foliage at Doc Reindeer’s Exotic Plant Wonderland, her family’s business. It’s there that she meets an astronomer from Madagascar (in the market for a Baobab tree) who helps get her on the road to self-acceptance.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Summer is coming to an end? Say it ain’t so! Kids and parents alike lament the end of this sunny season, but Kenard Pak is here to remind readers of all ages that fall is pretty exciting too. This delightful picture book features a young girl as the reader’s guide through the colorful changes that occur when summer ends and fall begins. As sad as we are to bid goodbye to beach days and endless sunshine, this book has us eagerly looking forward to cozy sweaters, falling leaves, and chai tea lattes.


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