July New Releases

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Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374107031
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 21st, 2020

After telling our wonderful rep, Carin, how terrible my January had been, she gave me Austen Years and said I must read. She was absolutely right. Rachel helped me, a fellow Austenite, understand my feelings of grief, joy, and sense of upheaval by reminding me to go back and read Jane’s words. I read the only one of Austen novels Rachel didn’t in the 7 years she spent rereading, Northanger Abbey, my personal favorite, and it was a great joint read. - SARAH

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Paris Is Always a Good Idea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593101353
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Published: Berkley - July 21st, 2020

The title alone really got me to pick up this book, because truly Paris is always a good idea! I’ve been yearning to travel the world in the last year, and this book has really let me experience that from my own home. We follow Chelsea as she strives to reconnect the with happiness that’s she’s been missing since her mother passed away seven years prior. She goes to find her happiness by going to all the places that she had been in her gap year following her college graduation, when she realizes that this was the last time she was truly happy. She reconnects with old loves and finds that their happiness makes her happy, and she starts to slowly love the little things in life again. Of course, there has to be some sort of romance, and this may just appear in the form of an annoyingly perfect coworker who helps her in more ways than one. The side characters and the hilarious encounters Chelsea goes through really make the book both funny and heartwarming at the same time. I really enjoyed this book, it was such a breath of fresh air to read! - ANNA

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Deal with the Devil: A Mercenary Librarians Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250209368
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Published: Tor Books - July 28th, 2020

It seems like the toilet paper trope has become trite in post apocalypse fiction. I am sure that you know the type, the world is ending and of course you (the reader) think that the most important resource is water BUT the clever clever author has to bring up toilet paper. Because apparently Charmin is worth more than gold. That has always struck me as strange though, clearly the most important resource is knowledge! If nothing else then at least you'll know how to make toilet paper. This book does a good job of avoiding the toilet paper tropes AND including the pursuit for knowledge! I really enjoyed this book! - DREW

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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374102098
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 28th, 2020

I was on a long flight and I wanted to take a nap. I had this book with me and though, eh, I'll read a story and then drift off. Only I couldn't stop after the first story, or the second or third. I was forced to abandon my much-needed snooze because Van Den Berg's writing gripped me, unsettled me, that much. The final story, the titular one, is a striking example of the benign discomfort of the uncanny. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work, as effective short story writers aren't so easy to come by. - HADLEY

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Natural History: A Novel Cover Image
By Carlos Fonseca, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374216306
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 14th, 2020

An extremely intricate well-written story that shows connections of things in ways I've never seen before, Natural History is absolutely mesmerizing. Drawing you in to the curator's complex story, this book is hard to put down as it weaves words together, so expertly moving you from one sentence to the next. A highly intriguing read! - MARIELLE