This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 21 — August 27

This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 21 — August 27

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 Outside Lands

Siblings Jeannie and Kip are growing up in the 1960s in San Francisco in this debut novel from Hannah Kohler. When their mother dies (and her death is shrouded in uncertainty), their father has a hard time coping, and their family unit begins to falter. Years later, after the loss has sent Jeannie and Kip in different directions (domestic normalcy and a military career, respectively) Kip is accused of a devastating crime that could derail everything he has worked so hard for. Jeannie, whose politics no longer align with Kip’s—she is anti-war—becomes obsessed with the case, which will have far-reaching social consequences for her. Fans of historical fiction, look no further.

First Star I See Tonight

Oh, oh those summer nights. Is there anything better than curling up with a sweet and funny romance at the end of a hot summer day? We don’t think so. Before the season ends, we recommend picking up Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ latest: First Star I See Tonight. It follows detective Piper Dove as she tails Chicago Stars quarterback Cooper Graham. Unfortunately, Piper has yet to master the art of stealth. When Cooper spots her lurking around, she thinks fast and claims to be his stalker. Perhaps not her best cover story, but it works and soon she finds herself working hard to protect Cooper from an actual stalker. Did we mention we named this one of the best romances of the summer? Romance fans, don’t miss out on this one.

The Book

Our name really says it all: Here at Bookish, we like books. If you’re reading this, you probably do, too. So we bet you’ll be as excited as we were to learn about Keith Houston’s new (you guessed it) book about the history and importance of those fantastic bound things with pages. Plus, it’s illustrated! We know, we know… it’s pretty meta to read a book all about books, and we dare you to describe it to someone without using that b-word eight gazillion times, but we can almost guarantee you that it’ll be more than worth the trouble.

The One Man

In Andrew Gross’ new novel, historical fiction set during the Holocaust meets a thriller that will keep you up all night. It is 1944, and an important scientist, Alfred Mendl, has been captured by the Nazis and put in a concentration camp. Mendl has expertise that the United States government wants to keep safe, and so they send Nathan Blum in after him. Blum will have to infiltrate the camp, find Mendl, and then escape, ensuring that both men stay safe and undetected. Kirkus praised this novel warmly: “This is Gross’ best work yet, with his heart and soul imprinted on every page.”

Truffle Boy

Foodies, listen up. You won’t want to miss this new book from Ian Purkayastha, written with Kevin West. For those of you not hip to the truffle scene in New York City (don’t worry… us either), Purkayastha is its ringleader. He rubs shoulders with the most famous chefs in the city and the world, and gets them the sought-after ‘shrooms they desire. But how does one become the truffle king of the Big Apple? The answer can be found in this inspiring and fascinating new book. You won’t believe Purkayastha’s incredible journey to the top, and you will never look at fungus the same way again.


Blake Charlton’s Spellbreaker takes place 34 years after Spellbound, but can easily be read as a standalone novel for readers who haven’t read the Spellwright series. The book kicks off with Leandra hunting neodemons in Ixos and stumbling across a prophecy that gives her a look into the future. To her horror, she learns that she’s destined to murder someone she loves, but the prophecy doesn’t reveal who. As if she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Leandra must also help save her home from natural disasters, cults, and a demonic invasion. Oh, and try to not murder anyone she loves. It’s a lot to handle, but we think Leandra is up for the job.

Repo Madness

Dog lover W. Bruce Cameron is back with the third installment in his Ruddy McCann series. McCann’s life isn’t in such bad shape: He’s got his dog, he’s engaged to marry the lovely Katie Lottner, and he’s making money. He can also sort of communicate with the dead, in the form of Alan Lottner, Katie’s father. But this isn’t a supernatural story—it’s a mystery that might make you chuckle from time to time. Long story short, McCann stumbles onto the trail of a serial killer, and will take readers on a wild ride to stop the murders. Fans who have loved Cameron’s other work will get a real thrill out of Repo Madness. New readers may be best off reading the early installments first, but are equally sure to be charmed.

100 Days

Readers know something that Agnes doesn’t: She only has 100 days left to live. And though she doesn’t know it yet, she’s about to spend those final days reuniting her two best friends. Agnes has always known her time on Earth would be cut short, ever since she was diagnosed with progeria (a disease that causes her body to age 10 times faster than normal) as a baby. Her best friend Moira knows it too, which makes her fiercely protective over Agnes. Moira considers herself to be Agnes’ protector, which is why she tells Boone to steer clear. Boone used to be close with both girls, their third Musketeer. But that was before his dad died, before his mom became too depressed to leave home, before he turned from friend to bully. Nicole McInnes weaves a heartbreaking tale about the bonds of friendship.

Talking Leaves

Uwohali is 13 when his father Sequoyah returns from a trip out west. It’s been years since they’ve seen each other, and though Uwohali is nervous, he desperately wants to get to know his father. Rumors around the village claim that Sequoyah practices witchcraft, but Uwohali learns that the markings Sequoyah creates are actually an alphabet of the Cherokee language. Sequoyah explains to his son that an alphabet can help keep Cherokee history, identity, and culture alive for years to come. Based on historical events, Joseph Bruchac’s middle grade novel is perfect for readers who want to learn more about Cherokee history and the importance of the written word.

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

The Uncorker has a very important job: He pulls bottles out of the sea and delivers the letters rolled inside to the local villagers. Though he brings joy to many, he lives alone and never receives any messages himself. That is until one day when he finds a party invitation addressed to no one. He decides to journey into the village to see if anyone knows who the letter belongs to, but instead he finds a big surprise waiting just for him. Michelle Cuevas’ picture book is ideal for thoughtful children, and Caldecott-winner Erin E. Stead’s stunning illustrations are a true treat for readers of all ages.


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