Hot just like an oven. All the books. July 2013.
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It’s hard to believe the year is almost half over and that July is upon us. It’s a month that means different things to different people. Whether it’s Fourth of July cookouts and fireworks, summer camp for the kids, or lazy days by the pool, you’re going to need some downtime, and how better to spend that time than with a book? This month, we’ve got mysteries, cultural stories to take you around the world, a twisted tale of seduction, and much, much more to keep you entertained.  —Swapna Krishna
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The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (July 30, Penguin Books) Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls is less about serial murder in seaside England and more an astute rendering of a poor community in a depressed economy, the rehabilitation options of youthful offenders, and how perceptions and biases in the population and media can considerably alter the course of a life. Gripping from start to finish, the story makes readers consider how much you ever know anyone. —Nicole Bonía, Linus’s Blanket

Editor's Pick: Certainly, this is that book for when you want to think and read, and think and read, all day long. - Nicole
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (July 9, Doubleday Books) Bohjalian's latest novel transports the reader to scenic Tuscany and examines the devastating impact World War II had on one Italian family. Lushly written and evocative, The Light in the Ruins is as gorgeous as it is heartbreaking. —Swapna Krishna, S. Krishna’s Books
Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites by Kate Christensen (July 9, Doubleday) It's fitting that Blue Plate Special opens with quotes from M. F. K. Fisher and Julia Child. Like her foremothers, Christensen's journey to the dual pleasures of food and love began in less-than-promising circumstances. Her astonishing and sometimes painful frankness when talking about the worst moments of her life are offset by palpable descriptions of the tastes and smells of memorable meals and the comfort of familiar foods. Kate Christensen has earned a place at the table with the great food writers of the last half century. —Candace B. Levy, Beth Fish Reads
The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan (July 9, William Morrow) The Curiosity, ostensibly a love story, explores how life becomes a laboratory experiment when today's technological advances allow scientists to play God. —Thien-Kim Lam, From Left To Write
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (July 2, Gallery Books) Brimming with heartache and hope, Whistling Past the Graveyard presents the unlikely and touching alliance between a young white girl fleeing her childhood home and an African American woman on the run in 1963 Mississippi. Hatred and racism are soundly trumped by the transcendental power of friendship in this must-read novel. —Michele Jacobsen, A Reader’s Respite
Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others by Stacy Horn (July 2, Algonquin Books) Stacy Horn is not a wonderful singer, yet each week she heads to her community choir in New York to harmonize with others and center herself. In Imperfect Harmony, Horn reflects on her 30 years with Choral Society of Grace Church in a meandering memoir that blends history and science to explore why we love to sing with other people. —Kim Ukura, Sophisticated Dorkiness
Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano (July 2, Harper) In Lotería, Mario Alberto Zambrano links a piece of Mexican culture—lotería, a popular folk game similar to bingo—to one family’s tragedy. The book’s narrator, 11-year-old Luz, uses the images on the cards to recount the abuse she’s suffered. Zambrano makes the premise work with compelling storylines and descriptions. —Jessica DeLeón, The Hispanic Reader
The Bat by Jo Nesbø (July 2, Vintage Books) U.S. readers finally get access to the first book in Nesbø's Harry Hole series! A younger and less experienced Harry is sent to Sydney to help with a murder case and is told to keep out of trouble. Nesbø delivers a brilliant mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat and then throw you off it before you're done. —Katie Fransen, Book Addict Katie
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach (July 9, Doubleday Books) Kiss Me First is an intense look at the dangers of letting the Internet consume our lives. The delicious dread grows as we follow socially awkward Leila as she happily accepts an invitation to her intellectual guru's secret project. With a debut like this, you will be sure to follow Moggach's career. —Jennifer Conner, Literate Housewife
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole (July 9, Ballantine Books) Fans of epistolary novels will revel in these letters between mothers, daughters, friend, and lovers in the years spanning World Wars I and II. Passion, friendship, betrayal, loyalty, and heartache echo through the pages of Letters from Skye, and Jessica Brockmole’s tale of a daughter looking to understand her missing mother and her own origins. —Nicole Bonía, Linus’s Blanket
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (July 30, Amy Einhorn Books) The kind of novel that begs to be read in one sitting, The Husband’s Secret opens a door into the lives of three separate women bound by a life-shattering secret, unearthed in the form of a letter. Secrets, lies, consequences, and forgiveness—a deeply engrossing novel by Liane Moriarty, the best-selling author of What Alice Forgot. —Alison Skap, Alison’s Bookmarks
Tampa by Alissa Nutting (July 2, Ecco Books) With its main character a twenty-six -year-old woman who becomes a middle school teacher solely for the opportunity to seduce the boys in her classes, Tampa will inevitably be compared to Lolita. Thinking about Tampa as a horror novel may actually be more helpful to readers who need to disconnect from the sociopathic pedophile Celeste but who still recognize the brilliance of Nutting’s mesmerizing storytelling ability.  —Jen Karsbaek, Devourer of Books

Editor's Pick: This isn't for everyone, but under the layer of disturbing there is brilliance. - Jen
The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold (July 2, Bantam Books) Arnold beautifully layers each aspect of The Book of Secrets to create a stunning story of love, loss, friendship, family, heartache, betrayal, and forgiveness. Revolving around Chloe’s search for answers, the lies we tell ourselves and others, and the dangerous secrets such lies can contain, it is a mystery, a love story, and an homage to book lovers that will entice and delight all readers. —Michelle Shannon, That’s What She Read
The Village by Nikita Lalwani (July 9, Random House)  In The Village, Nikita Lalwani evokes the richness of contemporary India and introduces readers to a unique prison setting through the use of precise language. It's a fascinating examination of the difference between reality and the narrative we choose to present to the world. —Amy Riley, My Friend Amy
On the Come Up by Hannah Weyer (July 23, Nan A. Talese) Hannah Weyer goes the distance in creating a novel that is authentic, even as it delves in the dreamlike reality of a pregnant teenage girl’s journey from her home in the projects of Far Rockaway, Queens, to movie screenings at Sundance, where she makes her debut.  Anne-Marie’s voice is raw, distinct, and courageous. Her pain and triumphs are the readers', in this heartfelt and gritty narrative. —Nicole Bonía, Linus’s Blanket
The Humans by Matt Haig (July 2, Simon & Schuster) When Professor Andrew Martin cracks a hypothesis that could eventually lead humans toward endless knowledge, an alien society sends one of their own to inhabit his body and hide his theory. Incorporating constant humor, Matt Haig has written a novel that perfectly summarizes the quirkiness, complexities, and beauty of humanity. —Shannon Nemer, River City Reader
The Distance between Us  by Kasie West (July 2, HarperTeen) A must-read romantic comedy with a Pretty in Pink vibe! Caymen has grown up resenting wealthy people from afar. She's had no problem living like that until the sweet son of a billionaire enters her life, but her distrust of the rich keeps getting in the way and the relationship seems doomed from the start. Kasie West's sophomore novel is charming from start to finish!  —Jamie Miller, The Perpetual Page-Turner
Starglass by Phoebe North (July 23, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) Immersive and compelling, Starglass is sci-fi with both brains and heart. Terra’s search for belonging and authentic human connection is one to savor. Plus the novel provides sound reasoning for cats in space. – Lenore Appelhans, Presenting Lenore
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker (July 9, Harper) Four young women in their twenties go missing after traveling to New York to work as escorts. Their disappearances, ignored by the police, received nationwide attention after the bodies of four women were found alongside the highway. In the first detailed look at this crime, investigative reporter Robert Kolker gives each of the young women, silenced too long, a voice. A haunting account of unsolved murder and the dark world of online prostitution. —Jenn Lawrence, Jenn’s Bookshelves
Meet Me at the Cupcake Café: A Novel with Recipes by Jenny Colgan (July 2, Sourcebooks) Issy Randall inherited her love of baking from her grandfather and collects his recipes, making them for friends and co-workers. After she loses her job, she enlists the help of friends and a handsome banker to turn hobby into career in Jenny Colgan’s charming  Meet Me at the Cupcake Café. —Jenn Ravey, The Picky Girl
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard (July 9, Little, Brown & Company) Did you know that most people in developed countries don’t experience true darkness? Although it varies by location, in a time when artificial light illuminates everything, most people don’t know what real darkness is. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard explores what the modern world is missing when humans refuse to turn out the lights, the effects of light pollution, and the history of artificial light. While reading this book, you'll be tempted to look around at your surroundings and turn off the lights a little more often. The End of Night is a smart read for nonfiction lovers . —Natasha Vasillis, 1330v
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