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Our Most Anticipated Books of August

 

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager | simon@thereadingroom.com

There are some great new releases coming this month, and we’ve selected the ten we’re most looking forward to.

9780385352109Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami

The long-awaited new novel from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami, which sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan, tells the story of a young man haunted by great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages. More >  

The Lost IslandThe Lost Island by Preston & Child

Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist and master thief, has less than a year to live. So when his employer gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. His task: steal a page from the Book of Kells, now on display in New York City. Gideon accomplishes the impossible, only to discover that hidden beneath the illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. And the treasure it leads to is far more precious than any ordinary fortune; it is something that could perhaps save Gideon’s life. More >  

Mean StreakMean Streak by Sandra Brown

Dr. Emory Charbonneau has disappeared on a mountain road in North Carolina, and by the time her husband Jeff reports her missing, the trail has grown cold, which makes him the police’s primary suspect. Emory, meanwhile, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man with a dark and violent past. She’s desperate and determinted to escape, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive… More >  

Captain UnderpantsCaptain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey

Just when you thought it was safe to flush, the Turbo Toilet 2000 strikes back! The carnivorous commode known for devouring everything in its path wants revenge, so prepare yourselves for another epic showdown of Wedgie Power vs. Potty Power as thetighty-whitey-wearing superhero Captain Underpants goes toe-to-toe with his foe.  More >  

The Narrow RoadThe Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan’s new novel, recently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, begins in 1943, in the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway. Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever…  More >  

The Magician's LandThe Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

This stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy sees Quentin Coldwater cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. Everything he had fought so hard for, including his closest friends, is sealed away in a land Quentin may never again visit. With nothing left to lose, he returns to where his story began the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him.  More>  

We Are not OurselvesWe Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Heralded as the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction, through the Irish-American family the O’Learys, Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. We Are Not Ourselves reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away. More >  

Love LettersLove Letters by Debbie Macomber

Summer is a busy season at the Rose Harbor Inn in Cedar Cove, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Jo Marie insists they’re just friends, but has found herself thinking about Mark a great deal lately. She knows surprisingly little about his past, and she’s determined to learn more about it; but first she must face her own, and welcome three guests who, like her, are setting out on new paths. More >  

6th ExtinctionThe 6th Extinction by James Rollins

A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush to discover everyone, and everything in a fifty square mile radius, dead; every animal, plant, insect, and even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile-and the blight is spreading. And so, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and all life on Earth balanced upon the blade of a knife. More >  

AdulteryAdultery by Paul Coelho

A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody’s eyes, she has a perfect life — happy marriage, children, and a career — yet all she feels is enormous apathy. But all that changes when she encounters a successful politician, who was once her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice. More >  

What books are you most looking forward to this month?

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