Carolyn Ferrell’s ‘Dear Miss Metropolitan,’ CC Sabathia’s Memoir ‘Till the End,’ and 51 Other Exceptional Titles | Starred Reviews, July 2021

Essential titles reviewed in our July 2021 print issue, spanning mystery & suspense, fiction, social sciences, audiobooks, and more.









Bennett, S. J. The Windsor Knot. HarperAudio.

Jerkins, Morgan. Caul Baby. HarperAudio.

Zauner, Michelle. Crying in H Mart. Books on Tape.



Castillo, Linda. Fallen. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Cosby, S. A. Razorblade Tears. Flatiron.

Freeman, Dianne. A Fiancée’s Guide to First Wives and Murder. Kensington.

Hirahara, Naomi. Clark and Division. Soho Crime.

Krueger, William Kent. Lightning Strike. Atria.

Lattari, Katie. Dark Things I Adore. Sourcebooks Landmark.

Moore, Taylor. Down Range. Morrow.

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia. Velvet Was the Night. Del Rey: Ballantine.

Schellman, Katharine. Silence in the Library. Crooked Lane.



Khaw, Cassandra. The All-Consuming World. Erewhon.

Sword Stone Table: Old Legends, New Voices. Vintage. ed. by Swapna Krishna & Jenn Northington.

Turnbull, Cadwell. No Gods, No Monsters. Blackstone.

Vo, Nghi. The Chosen and the Beautiful.



Hazelwood, Ali. The Love Hypothesis. Berkley.



Callahan, Patti. Once Upon a Wardrobe. Harper Muse.

Davidson, Ash. Damnation Spring. Scribner.

Doerr, Anthony. Cloud Cuckoo Land. Scribner.

Ferrell, Carolyn. Dear Miss Metropolitan. Holt.

Fung, Pik-Shuen. Ghost Forest. One World.

Sampson, Freya. The Last Chance Library. Berkley.



Benson, Fiona. Vertigo & Ghost: Poems. Norton.

King, Billie Jean. All In: An Autobiography. Knopf.

Montville, Leigh. Tall Men, Short Shorts: The 1969 NBA Finals; Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter. Doubleday.

Motion, Andrew. Randomly Moving Particles: Poems. Univ. of Pittsburgh.

Pavlovitz, John. If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans. Westminster John Knox.

Pazcoguin, Georgina. Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina. Holt.

Sabathia, CC, with Chris Smith. Till the End: A Pitcher’s Life. Roc Lit 101: Random.

Sampson, Fiona. Two-Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Norton.

Sebree, Chet’la. Field Study. Farrar.

Sullivan, Matt. Can’t Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets’ Superstars of Tomorrow. Dey Street.

Teicher, Craig Morgan. Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey. BOA Editions.



Cai Chongda. Vessel. HarperVia.

Daughton, J. P. In the Forest of No Joy: The Congo-Océan Railroad and the Tragedy of French Colonialism. Norton.

Feldman, Deborah. Exodus, Revisited: My Unorthodox Journey to Berlin. Plume.

Hayes, Robin J. Love for Liberation: African Independence, Black Power, and a Diaspora Underground. Univ. of Washington.

Henderson, Eleanor. Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage. Flatiron.

Kavanagh, Julie. The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England. Atlantic Monthly.

Kolbert, Kathryn & Julie F. Kay. Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now To Save Reproductive Freedom. Hachette.

Nolan, Savala. Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body. S. & S.

Perkins, Nichole. Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be. Grand Central.

Press, Eyal. Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America. Farrar.

Turner, Dawn. Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood. S. & S.



Lobrano, Alexander. My Place at the Table: A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris. Rux Martin.

Lowman, Meg. The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us. Farrar.

Pollan, Michael. This Is Your Mind on Plants. Penguin Pr.

Roach, Mary. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law. Norton.

Sahadi Whelan, Christine. Flavors of the Sun: The Sahadi’s Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern Ingredients. Chronicle.

Scales, Helen. The Brilliant Abyss: Exploring the Majestic Hidden Life of the Deep Ocean, and the Looming Threat That Imperils It. Atlantic Monthly.



American Religious History: Belief and Society through Time. ABC-CLIO. ed. by Gary Scott Smith.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies. SAGE. ed. by Abbie E. Goldberg & Genny Beemyn.

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