Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Amazon's Best Books of August: Today's Releases



IveyThere is no shortage of family drama in the Best of the Month selections released today, but the pick we're opening with highlights another trend we've been noticing lately--books set in Alaska. Eowyn Ivey's To the Bright Edge of the World takes place in the (at least once) untamed territory of Wolverine River. Everyone who read this novel said, "Wow, can Ivey write!"--including one dubious colleague who initially didn't think the subject matter was her cup of tea, but then was the book's most ardent champion. Writing chops aside, Senior Editor Chris Schluep says to "read it for the adventure. Read it for the time you'll spend thinking about it long after you've turned the last page."

Here is the rest of the best of August, available starting today.

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Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
 
"Beautifully moving, unusual and endlessly provocative," says reviewer Al Woodworth. "Parkhurst deftly examines one family's extreme decision to give their children--one on the spectrum, the other neurotypical--the chance to thrive."
 

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I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman
 
Anyone who has ever had a fraught relationship with their mother (anyone not?) will relate to this poignant memoir, penned by the daughter of Maus creator Art Spiegelman and New Yorker art editor Fran├žoise Mouly.
 

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Christodora by Tim Murphy
 
The Christodora is an apartment building in New York's East Village, from which its tenants bear witness to the ever changing city. Al Woodworth says this novel is "a page-turning epic that crackles with life--in all of its messy, addictive, artistic glory."
 

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