Today’s releases include something for speculative fiction fans, gripping nonfiction about a series of mysterious arsons that terrorized a community on the rural Virginia coast, and two impressive debuts–including Goodbye, Vitamin. In it, a young sonogram technician quits her job to take care of her father who has Alzheimer’s. Sound like a drag? It’s quite the opposite. Senior Editor Seira Wilson says that "author Rachel Khong finds the humor in painful moments without diluting their importance and brings insight into the absurdity of trying to find balance when even our own minds may send us spinning in circles."
Learn more about today’s best books of the month releases below, or browse all of our favorites for July here.
When the English Fall by David Williams
When the English Fall is a gripping story, with an ending that made me want to go back and read it all again…–Seira Wilson
American Fire by Monica Hesse
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
What We Lose tells a story of a young African American woman coming to terms with adulthood and the death of her mother. As Thandi tries to process the truths that cannot possibly be, she swings from gut emotion—“She’s gone. But she’s here, I can feel her. I can see her that day they told us that everything was going to be all right. But she’s not here. But I can feel her arms around me. It feels like the breeze coming off the river…it smells like her breath.”—to searing observations about the word in which we live: “I’ve often thought that being a light-skinned black woman is like a being a well-dressed person who is also homeless…you have nowhere to rest, nowhere to feel safe.” The novel weaves in and out of the past and present, from memories of childhood to Thandi’s own pregnancy and love affairs, to visits to her mother’s childhood home in Johannesburg. There are photographs, graphs, drawings, pages filled with a single line that infuse the story with an immediacy. Through Thandi’s pain and process, she (re)constructs her identity from the memory of her mother, family, her experiences, and the reality of the world that surrounds her. A breathtaking novel. –Al Woodworth
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