Best Books of August | Starred Reviews

Starred titles reviewed in our August 2023 print issue, spanning audio, mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, romance, classic returns, and more.








Choi, Roy. L.A. Son. Books on Tape.

Napolitano, Ann. Hello Beautiful. Books on Tape.

Simpson, Mona. Commitment. Books on Tape.

Swarns, Rachel L. The 272. Books on Tape.

Tchaikovsky, Adrian. Children of Memory. Hachette Audio.

Thomas, Evan. Road to Surrender. Books on Tape.

Wukovits, John. Lost at Sea. Books on Tape.


Bennett, SJ. Murder Most Royal. Morrow.

DiVello, Sara. Broadway Butterfly. Thomas & Mercer: Amazon.

Feeney, Alice. Good Bad Girl. Flatiron.

Knoll, Jessica. Bright Young Women. S. & S./Marysue Rucci.

Munier, Paula. Home at Night. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Perry, Anne. The Traitor Among Us. Ballantine.

Winstead, Ashley. Midnight Is the Darkest Hour. Sourcebooks Landmark.


Frey, Dan. Dreambound. Del Rey: Ballantine.

Guanzon, Thea. The Hurricane Wars. Harper Voyager.

Huchu, T.L. The Mystery at Dunvegan Castle. Tor.

Kadrey, Richard & Cassandra Khaw. The Dead Take the A Train. Tor Nightfire.

Lafferty, Mur. Chaos Terminal. Ace: Berkley.

Rowe, Christopher. The Navigating Fox.


Armas, Elena. The Long Game. Atria.

Bayliss, Jenny. A December To Remember. Putnam.

Hall, Alexis. 10 Things That Never Happened. Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Jalaluddin, Uzma & Marissa Stapley. Three Holidays and a Wedding. Putnam.

Katz, Rachel Runya. Thank You for Sharing. St. Martin’s Griffin.

Lopez, Angelina M. Full Moon Over Freedom. Harlequin.

Monzon, Sarah. All’s Fair in Love and Christmas. Bethany House.

Murphy, Julie & Sierra Simone. A Holly Jolly Ever After. Avon.


Orlando, Carissa. The September House. Berkley.


MacLean, Julianne. A Storm of Infinite Beauty. Lake Union.

Moore, Heather B. Under the Java Moon. Shadow Mountain.


Herbert, A P. The Voluble Topsy. Handheld.


Clowes, Daniel. Monica. Fantagraphics.

Jones, Stephen Graham (text) & Davide Gianfelice (illus.). Earthdivers, Vol. 1. IDW.

Montellier, Chantal. Social Fiction. New York Review Comics.

Starks, Kyle (text) & Piotr Kowalski (illus.). Where Monsters Lie. Dark Horse.


Belser, Julia Watts. Loving Our Own Bones. Beacon.

Bricklin, Julia. Red Sapphire. Lyons: Globe Pequot.

Feder, Rachel. The Darcy Myth. Quirk.

Flam, Laura & Emily Sieu Liebowitz. But Will You Love Me Tomorrow? Hachette.

Greven, David. Maurice. McGill-Queen’s Univ.

McDonald, Greg & Marshall Terrill. Elvis and the Colonel. St. Martin’s.

Posnanski, Joe. Why We Love Baseball. Dutton.

Silverman, Stephen M. Sondheim. Black Dog & Leventhal.

Taupin, Bernie. Scattershot. Hachette.

Zaleski, Annie. This Is Christmas, Song by Song. Running Pr.: Perseus.


Deming, Richard. This Exquisite Loneliness. Viking.

Willrich, Michael. American Anarchy. Basic: Perseus.

Yancy, George. Until Our Lungs Give Out. Rowman & Littlefield.


Cave, Damien. Parenting Like an Australian. Sourcebooks.


Crowther, Kathleen M. Policing Pregnant Bodies. Johns Hopkins Univ.

Oppenheimer, Clive. Mountains of Fire. Univ. of Chicago.

Peters, Meike. Noon. Chronicle.


The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders, 4th Ed. Gale.

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