August is a month I am really excited about. There are a lot of new releases this month that I have been waiting a long time for, including additions to two of my favorite series.
New Releases this Month:
Release date: August 29th
If you’ve followed my blog since the beginning, you know how big a fan I am of Louise Penny’s mysteries. This is a fabulous series; definitely start with the first one though, Still Life. Since I’ve already mentioned these books in several posts, I won’t list the description here, but you can read more about this series in my post about my favorite mysteries.
I will be visiting a bookstore to pay hardcover price for this title on the day it releases – I don’t know of a better sell than that for any book!
Release date: August 8th
This is the 7th book in the Maggie Hope series, another favorite mystery/historical fiction series. These books tell the story of Maggie, an American living in London during WWII. In the first book of the series, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Maggie goes to work for Winston Churchill, first as a secretary, but eventually as one of an elite group of female spies. I have received a copy of this book early, on NetGalley, and am trying to hold off until next week to read it, but I may have to give in early. If you’re a fan of WWII historical fiction, you don’t want to miss this series.
Release Date: August 22nd
I really enjoyed Zevin’s first book, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (which, by the way, takes place in a bookstore, so all book lovers should also check out this book!) I have heard her new one discussed on several podcasts, and just received it ahead of publication, on Net Galley, so I’ll be reading it very soon.
From the author of the international bestseller The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry comes another novel that will have everyone talking.
Aviva Grossman, an ambitious congressional intern in Florida, makes the mistake of having an affair with her boss–and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the beloved congressman doesn’t take the fall. But Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins: slut-shamed, she becomes a late-night talk show punch line, anathema to politics.
She sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. This time, she tries to be smarter about her life and strives to raise her daughter, Ruby, to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office herself, that long-ago mistake trails her via the Internet and catches up–an inescapable scarlet A. In the digital age, the past is never, ever, truly past. And it’s only a matter of time until Ruby finds out who her mother was and is forced to reconcile that person with the one she knows.
Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, and moving novel about what it means to be a woman of any age, and captures not just the mood of our recent highly charged political season, but also the double standards alive and well in every aspect of life for women.
Release date: August 1st
This is another book I have heard good things about, and the description sounds right up my alley, so I’m going to give it a try.
After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she’d make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one’s station. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else…and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children.
In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won’t see a dime of the Camden family’s substantial estate. Instead, her “cousin” Melinda—Camden’s biological great-granddaughter—will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda’s vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in…and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island.
One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages—for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City—and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich—and often tragic—as The Dakota’s can’t hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.
With rich historical detail, nuanced characters, and gorgeous prose, Fiona Davis once again delivers a compulsively readable novel that peels back the layers of not only a famed institution, but the lives—and lies—of the beating hearts within.
Backlist Titles I’ll be Reading This Month
Or at least, trying to get to this month! I own copies of all of these, and I’ve told myself not to get any books from the library or bookstore until I’ve read these. Not sure if I’ll be able to stick to that, but we’ll see what happens!
Well, that’s my TBR for August – have I missed anything that you think I should be reading right now? Leave me a comment and let me know what you’ll be reading this month!