Books We Can’t Wait to Read: July 2023

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Give us all the hot reads this summer! Here is a list of fiction and nonfiction we can’t wait to melt into.




The Sunset Crowd by Karin Tanabe— July 4 (St. Martin’s Press) 

From Rodeo Drive to the French Riviera, Karin Tanabe’s The Sunset Crowd is a tale of survival and reinvention, of faking it until you make it, and the glittering appeal of success and stardom, as it seeks to answer that timeless question―who gets to have the American dream?


Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon — July 4 (Berkley Books)

A ghostwriter and a struggling actor help each other on the page and in the bedroom in this steamy romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Ex Talk.


Nothing Special by Nicole Flattery— July 11 (Bloomsbury)  

From the author Sally Rooney called “bold, irreverent, and agonizingly funny,” a wildly original coming-of-age novel about a teenage girl working at Andy Warhol’s Factory in 1960s New York.


All-Night Pharmacy by Ruth Madievsky— July 11 (Catapult)  

With prose pulsing like a neon sign, Ruth Madievsky’s All-Night Pharmacy is an intoxicating portrait of a young woman consumed with unease over how a person should be. As she attempts sobriety and sexual embodiment, she must decide whether to search for her estranged sister, or allow her to remain a relic of the past.


Ripe by Sarah Rose Etter— July 11 (Scribner Book Company)  

Sharp but vulnerable, funny yet unsettling, Ripe portrays one millennial woman’s journey through our late-capitalist hellscape and offers a brilliantly incisive look at the absurdities of modern life.


The Vegan by Andrew Lipstein— July 11 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)   

A wildly inventive, reality-bending trip, The Vegan holds a mirror up to its reader and poses a question only a hedge fund manager could ask: Is purity a convertible asset? The more Herschel disavows his original sin, and the more it threatens to be revealed, the more it becomes something else entirely–a way into a forgotten world of animals, nature, and life beyond words.


Small Worlds by Caleb Azumah Nelson— July 18 (Grove Press)  

Moving from London, England to Accra, Ghana and back again, Small Worlds is an exquisite and intimate new novel about the people and places we hold close, from one of the most “elegant, poetic” (CNN) and important voices of a generation.


Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia— July 18 (Del Rey Books)   

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and Mexican Gothic comes a fabulous meld of Mexican horror movies and Nazi occultism: a dark thriller about the curse that haunts a legendary lost film–and awakens one woman’s hidden powers.




Owner of a Lonely Heart: A Memoir by Beth Nguyen— July 4 (Scribner Book Company)   

From the award-winning author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, a powerful memoir of a mother-daughter relationship fragmented by war and resettlement. Vivid and illuminating, Owner of a Lonely Heart is a deeply personal story of family, connection, and belonging: as a daughter, a mother, and as a Vietnamese refugee in America.


Life on Other Planets: A Memoir of Finding My Place in the Universe by Aomawa Shields— July 11 (Viking)   

A stunning and inspiring memoir charting a life as an astronomer, classically-trained actor, mother, and Black woman in STEM, searching for life in the universe while building a meaningful life here on Earth.


Encounterism: The Neglected Joys of Being Person by Andy Field— July 18 (W. W. Norton & Company)    

In considering twelve different kinds of encounters, from car rides to video calls to dog-walker chats in the park, Field argues “that in the spontaneity and joy of our meetings with each other, we might find the faint outline of a better future.


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