69 Stellar Titles | Starred Reviews, August 2019

Essential titles reviewed in our August 2019 print issue, spanning fiction, nonfiction, and media.

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Mystery & Suspense

Barr, Nevada. What Rose Forgot. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.
Cha, Steph. Your House Will Pay. Ecco: HarperCollins.
Gibney, Patricia. The Missing Ones. Grand Central.
Hand, Elizabeth. Curious Toys. Mulholland: Little, Brown.
Hill, Edwin. The Missing Ones. Kensington.
Leininger, Rob. Gumshoe Rock. Oceanview.
Penny, Louise. A Better Man. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.


Bardugo, Leigh. Ninth House. Flatiron: Macmillan.
Hackwith, A.J. The Library of the Unwritten. Ace: Berkley.
McGuire, Seanan. Laughter at the Academy. Subterranean.
McGuire, Seanan. The Unkindest Tide. DAW.
Pinsker, Sarah. A Song for a New Day. Berkley.
Valdes, Valerie. Chilling Effect. Harper Voyager.


Dare, Tessa. The Wallflower Wager. Avon.
McQuiston, Casey. Red, White, and Royal Blue. Griffin: St. Martin’s.

Graphic Novels

Ellis, Warren & Jason Howard. Cemetery Beach. Image.
Hanselmann, Simon. Bad Gateway. Fantagraphics.
Hertzfeldt, Don. The End of the World. Random.
Nury, Fabien & Sylvain Vallée. Once upon a Time in France. Dead Reckoning: Naval Inst.
Trondheim, Lewis & Stéphanie Oiry. Maggy Garrisson. SelfMadeHero.
Ware, Chris. Rusty Brown. Pantheon.


Gross, Gail. How To Build Your Baby’s Brain. Skyhorse.
Siegel, Daniel & Tina Payne Bryson. The Power of Showing Up. Ballantine.


Barry, Kevin. Night Boat to Tangier. Knopf.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. The Water Dancer. One World: Random.
Fishman, Zoe. Invisible as Air. Morrow.
Gappah, Petina. Out of Darkness, Shining Light. Scribner.
Mengiste, Maaza. The Shadow King. Norton.
Prescott, Lara. The Secrets We Kept. Knopf.
Rushdie, Salman. Quichotte. Random.
Tilley, Jim. Against the Wind. Red Hen.
Toynton, Evelyn. Inheritance. Other Pr.
Vercher, John. Three-Fifths. Agora.
Wall, Cara. The Dearly Beloved. S. & S.

Arts & Humanities

Beech, Mark. The People’s Team. Houghton Harcourt.
Dann, David. Guitar King. Univ. of Texas.
George-Warren, Holly. Janis. S. & S.
Grayling, A.C. The History of Philosophy. Penguin.
Lester, Terence. I See You. IVP.
Long Walk Home. Rutgers Univ.
Pesta, Abigail. The Girls. Seal Pr.
Skolfield, Karen. Battle Dress. Norton.

Social Sciences

Acemoglu, Daron & James A. Robinson. The Narrow Corridor. Penguin Pr.
Austin, Nefertiti. Motherhood So White. Sourcebooks.
Bailey, Catherine. A Castle in Wartime. Viking.
Clavin, Matthew J. The Battle of the Negro Fort. New York Univ.
Diaz, Jaquira. Ordinary Girls. Algonquin.
Erickson, Lori. Near the Exit. Westminster John Knox.
Figes, Orlando. The Europeans. Metropolitan: Holt.
Ford, Clementine. Boys Will Be Boys. Oneworld.
Jean-Pierre, Karine. Moving Forward. Hanover Square.
Jones, Saeed. How We Fight for Our Lives. S. & S.
Lemann, Nicholas. Transaction Man. Farrar.
Leonard, Christopher. Kochland. S. & S.
McPherson, Don. You Throw Like a Girl. Edge of Sports.
Mosley, Walter. Elements of Fiction. Grove.
Rosbottom, Ronald C. Sudden Courage. Custom House.
Rosen, Richard. Tough Luck. Atlantic Monthly.
Tough, Paul. The Years That Matter Most. Houghton Harcourt.
Windsor, Edie & Joshua Lyon. A Wild and Precious Life. St. Martin’s.

Science & Technology

Dunlop, Fuchsia. The Food of Sichuan. Norton.
Gaul, Gilbert M. The Geography of Risk. Sarah Crichton: Farrar.
Owen, David. Volume Control. Riverhead.
Ricker, Andy & JJ Goode. POK POK Noodles. Ten Speed: Crown.
Theasby, Ian & Henry David Firth. Bish Bash Bosh! Your Favorites * All Plants. Morrow.



Eberhardt, Jennifer L. Biased. Books on Tape.
Ellis, Helen. Southern Lady Code. Books on Tape.
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