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16 Best Books To Read in July

  • FICTION

    BUILD YOUR HOUSE AROUND MY BODY

    JULY 6, 2021

FICTION

BUILD YOUR HOUSE AROUND MY BODY

by Violet Kupersmith

Drawing from genres as diverse as horror, humor, and historical fiction, Kupersmith creates a rich and dazzling spectacle. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    RAZORBLADE TEARS

    JULY 6, 2021

FICTION

RAZORBLADE TEARS

by S.A. Cosby

Violence and love go hand in hand in this tale of two rough men seeking vengeance for their murdered sons. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    INTIMACIES

    JULY 20, 2021

FICTION

INTIMACIES

by Katie Kitamura

This psychological tone poem is a barbed and splendid meditation on peril. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE LOVE SONGS OF W.E.B. DU BOIS

    AUG. 24, 2021

FICTION

THE LOVE SONGS OF W.E.B. DU BOIS

by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

If this isn’t the Great American Novel, it's a mighty attempt at achieving one. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    SEEK YOU

    JULY 6, 2021

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

SEEK YOU

by Kristen Radtke ; illustrated by Kristen Radtke

Superb. A rigorous, vulnerable book on a subject that is too often neglected. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS

    JULY 6, 2021

NONFICTION

THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS

by Michael Pollan

A lucid (in the sky with diamonds) look at the hows, whys, and occasional demerits of altering one’s mind. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    THE SOUND OF THE SEA

    JULY 6, 2021

  • TEEN

    WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS

    JULY 27, 2021

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS

by Alex Richards

A moving portrayal of grief, family, and the complexity of different perspectives. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FOREVER THIS SUMMER

    JULY 6, 2021

CHILDREN'S

FOREVER THIS SUMMER

by Leslie C. Youngblood

A heartwarming story with an inspiring message about creative youth activism. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BLUEBERRY CAKE

    JULY 13, 2021

CHILDREN'S

BLUEBERRY CAKE

by Sarah Dillard ; illustrated by Sarah Dillard

A thoroughly delicious (and practically wordless) charmer. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE MYSTERIOUS SEA BUNNY

    JULY 20, 2021

CHILDREN'S

THE MYSTERIOUS SEA BUNNY

by Peter Raymundo ; illustrated by Peter Raymundo

Not just another fish story—will be a favorite with fledgling marine biologists and landlubbers everywhere. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    CITY OF ILLUSION

    JULY 27, 2021

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