This Month in Adult Books: July 2021

Reading recommendations for adults
July 14, 2021
Featured Title
The Turnout by Megan Abbott (coming August 3, 2021)
There are few better in the world of literary crime than Megan Abbott, especially when it comes to exploring the insidious underbelly of suburbia. Her latest is set in a family run ballet studio. The seemingly happy pink tulle-filled world is upended by a fire that starts just before a performance of The Nutcracker. Ballet, of course, has always hidden the grit and stamina needed to survive in the world of dance, making this the perfect setting for a novel of psychological suspense. Add in Abbott’s talent for writing about women’s relationships and hidden secrets and it becomes a must read for summer.

New & Upcoming
August offers many exciting reading choices starting with new books from big name favorites such as Louise Penny and Stephen King. Fans of King’s early work will want to check out the new work of supernatural horror from Chuck Wendig, The Book of Accidents, about a man who moves into his childhood home with his family. As any horror fan can tell you, that’s a big mistake.

There are exciting debuts too, such as The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois the first novel from poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers. It’s a perfect choice for fans of multi-generational sagas. Those looking for something a bit more modern might check out The Startup Wife by Tahmina Anam, a satirical novel about startup culture with plenty of insights about modern relationships, race and technology.      
What We’re Reading
A Most Remarkable Creature: the hidden life and epic journey of one of the world’s smartest birds of prey by Jonathan Meiburg
A Most Remarkable Creature is truly a remarkable book. It introduces readers to a relatively unknown bird—the caracara, which captivated Darwin when he visited South America—and traces its history from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day. It’s an ambitious narrative and it succeeds brilliantly. The birds themselves are utterly captivating, but so are the travels of the author as he journeys to see them in the wild. This is a perfect choice for those who love nature and science writing, but also birders, history fans, and travelers of all sorts.

For More Reading Suggestions:
  • 33 books to heat up your July from Good Morning America
  • 58 Great Books to read this summer recommended by Indie Booksellers from Buzzfeed
  • Summer Staff Picks from NYPL