Fresh Off The Press: August 2018

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In case your to-be-read pile is not big enough already…

Here are 8 must-read books
(& one film adaptation)
hitting the shelves this month!

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The Other Side of Lost35820001

by Jess Kirby

Young Adult Fiction

07 August 2018

HarperTeen

Synopsis: The Other Side of Lost is essentially a fictionalized, young adult version of Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Mari is an internet sensation. She struggles to keep up the happy-go-lucky persona for her followers and ultimately has a breakdown. To heal, she immerses herself in the wilderness and sets out to hike extreme terrain. Mari pushes her limits, both physically and emotionally, in hopes of rediscovering her true self.

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Pieces of Her35887251

by Karen Slaughter

Mystery/Thriller

21 August 2018

William Morrow

Synopsis: With eighteen novels selling over 35 million copies worldwide, Slaughter has done it again with her latest novel, Pieces of Her. Andrea thinks she knows everything about her mother. That is, until a trip to the mall ends with her mother getting shot and rushed to the hospital. This was not a random attack; the shooter has been trying to track down her mother for 30 years. In desperation, Andrea realizes that there is so much more that her mother was hiding.

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My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture38887475

by Guy Branum

Memoir

31 July 2018

Atria Books

Synopsis: From the popular comedian himself, this hilarious anecdotal story brings us on a lifelong journey. From a boy raised in a small farming town to the “sassy gay friend” living large in Los Angeles, Branum gets satirically deep about self-acceptance and reflection. 

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by Christina Dalcher

Sci-Fi/Dystopia

21 August 2018

Berkley

Synopsis: The government enforces a new law that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words per day. Then they take away their education and their jobs. Dr. Jean McClellan and her daughter are determined to fight for their rights. For lovers of The Handmaid’s Tale and Red Clocks, this latest feminist dystopian novel is thought provoking and an absolute must-read!

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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America37486540

by Beth Macy

Nonfiction/Health

07 August 2018

Little, Brown and Company

Back Cover Synopsis: “In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America’s twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it’s a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.”

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34659293Heretics Anonymous

by Katie Henry

Young Adult Contemporary

07 August 2018

Katherine Tegen Books

Synopsis: Michael’s dad just moved their family to a new town. Again. If that is not bad enough, he is an atheist enrolled in a strict Catholic school. He feels like an outcast and befriends the other “misfits”; he joins “Heretics Anonymous”. Together, they rebel – challenging the schools hypocrisy. But Michael takes the plan one step too far… 

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Severance36348525

by Ling Ma

Science Fiction

14 August 2018

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Synopsis: Candace Chen is a cog amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City. She keeps her head down and follows a routine, a “millennial drone” if you will. In this particular sci-fi coming of age story, a fatal fever has plagued the city. People flee and chaos breaks out, Candace does everything she can to survive.

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The IncendiariesThe Indendiaries

by R. O. Kwon

Contemporary Fiction

31 July 2018

Riverhead Books

Synopsis: In the midst of grieving her mother’s recent death, Phoebe Lin enters her freshman year at a prestigious university. She goes to class, meets a boy, and becomes involved in an extremist terrorist cult. The Incendiaries eloquently weaves a fractured love story with a story about mind control, terrorism, grief, and escape.

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by Kevin Kwan

Fiction

11 June 2013

Doubleday

This book is filled to the brim with romance, family drama, forbidden love, fashion, wealth, history, and hilarious characters. Though published a few years back, Crazy Rich Asians is a must-read (if you have not already) for this month because the movie hits theaters August 15th

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