The Month in Adult Books: August 2022

Reading recommendations for adults
August 10, 2022
Featured Title
Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn
Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie were elite assassins for 40 years. Now of a certain age they are looking forward to the next phase of their life, setting off on an all-expenses paid vacation. A vacation that takes a dangerous turn when a fellow assassin targets them. It seems the secrets they carry are too valuable to let them just walk away. The four women must utilize all their skills to uncover the plot against them. This rollicking adventure tale would be an excellent choice for fans of Richard Osman, Helen Tursten and the Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman.

New & Upcoming
September brings many big books from big name authors, but don’t miss the hidden gems, such as Perish by Latoya Watkins, which explores the effects of inherited trauma and intra-generational violence and pain as the Turner family's "reunion" unearths long-kept secrets. The Hugo Award winning R.F. Kuang returns with Babel, a blend of historical speculative fiction and dark academia. The nonfiction side brings two memoirs for varied audiences. The posthumous autobiography of actor Michael K. Williams, Scene From My Life, is one not to be missed. The same can be said of Solito, by Javier Zamora, which shares the story of the author’s difficult migration from El Salvador to the United States.  
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What We’re Reading
Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
If you’ve got a book group, this should be at the top of your list of titles to consider reading. There are a wealth of topics to discuss in this short book about a scheme to profit from counterfeit designer handbags, starting with the unlikable narrators that you absolutely cannot trust. Then there is motherhood, capitalism, immigration, the American Dream, the fashion industry, and so much more. It’s the type of book you race through wide-eyed, both captivated and appalled by the story you are reading. It could well be polarizing too—something that always makes for a great conversation.

For More Reading Suggestions:
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  • Most Anticipated: the Great Second-Half 2022 Book Preview from The Millions
  • The Best Books of the Year (so far): crime fiction in 2022 from CrimeReads
  • August Earphones Award Winners from Audiofile