Best Books of July | Starred Reviews

Starred titles reviewed in our July 2023 print issue, spanning mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, romance, cookbooks, gardening, and more.









Betteridge, Jane. Painting Abstract Nature on Canvas. Search Pr. 

Brown, Maegan. Brilliant Bites. Rock Point. 

Burr, Trish. The Kew Book of Nature Samplers. Search Pr. 

Edmundson, Amy. Right Kind of Wrong. Atria. 

Gendron, Alice. The Mini ADHD Coach. Chronicle Prism. 

Giuffi, Tim. The Fresh-Milled Flour Bread Book. Page Street. 

Glass, Dan. Queer Footprints. Pluto. 

Gray, Dale. South of Somewhere. Simon Element. 

Grevemberg, Noami. Living the Vanlife. Simon Element. 

Klos, Lydia. The New Knitting Stitch Dictionary. Stackpole. 

Kostovick, Allison Vallin. The Garden Maker’s Book of Wonder. Storey. 

Larson Buscaglia, Sara. Farm & Folk Quilt Alchemy. Abrams.

Le, Helen. Vegan Vietnamese. Rock Point. 

Martin, Laurelynn G. & Byron E. Martin. Edible Houseplants. Storey.

Price, Savannah. Retro Crochet Style. Page Street. 

Reinhardt, Emily. The Beginner’s Guide to Decorating Pottery. Quarry. 

Roberts, Charlotte. Decadent Vegan Cakes. Page Street. 

Sakugawa, Yumi. There Is No Right Way To Meditate. Andrews McMeel. 

Semmler, Jac. Super Bloom. Thames & Hudson. 

Simon, Sarah. Modern Watercolor Botanicals. Paige Tate. 

Squire, David. A Guide to Wild Food Foraging. IMM Lifestyle. 

Weinert, Lisa. Narrative Healing. Hachette Go. 


Cozzens, Peter. A Brutal Reckoning. Books on Tape.

Egan, Timothy. A Fever in the Heartland. Books on Tape. 

McDaniel, Tiffany. On the Savage Side. Books on Tape. 

Pardo, Paz. The Shamshine Blind. S. & S. Audio. 

Pyle, Ernie. Brave Men. Books on Tape. 

Ronald, Susan. Hitler’s Aristocrats. Blackstone Audio. 


Chua, Amy. The Golden Gate. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. 

Cleeves, Ann. The Raging Storm. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. 

Lillie, Vanessa. Blood Sisters. Berkley.

Lippman, Laura. Prom Mom. Morrow. 

O’Connor, Carlene. Some of Us Are Looking. Kensington. 


Harrow, Alix E. Starling House. Tor.

Oh, Temi. More Perfect. Gallery/Saga. 

Parker-Chan, Shelley. He Who Drowned the World. Tor. 

Scalzi, John. Starter Villain. Tor. 

Vo, Nghi. Mammoths at the Gates. 


Black, Regina. The Art of Scandal. Grand Central. 

Eden, Sarah M. The Queen and the Knave. Shadow Mountain. 

Gilliland, Raquel Vasquez. Witch of Wild Things. Berkley. 

McFarlane, Mhairi. Between Us. Avon.

Newton, Dylan. Change of Plans. Forever: Grand Central. 

Robert, Katee. Cruel Seduction. Sourcebooks Casablanca. 


Cole, Teju. Tremor. Random. 

Grissom, Kathleen. Crow Mary. Atria. 

Labatut, Benjamin. The MANIAC. Penguin Pr.

Mason, Daniel. North Woods. Random. 

McBride, James. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. Riverhead. 

Murray, Paul. The Bee Sting. Farrar. 

Williams, Pip. The Bookbinder. Ballantine. 


Shiloh, Toni. The Love Script. Bethany House. 


Harrison, Rachel. Black Sheep. Berkley. 

Ward, Catriona. Looking Glass Sound. Tor Nightfire. 


Brown, George. Too Hot. Chicago Review.

Busch, Charles. Leading Lady. Smart Pop. 

Hartigan, Patti. August Wilson. S. & S. 

Huang, Yunte. Daughter of the Dragon. Liveright: Norton. 

Segaloff, Nat. The Exorcist Legacy. Citadel. 

Yang, Jeff. The Golden Screen. Black Dog & Leventhal. 


Andrews, Lena S. Valiant Women. Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. 

Deaton, Angus. Economics in America. Princeton Univ. 

Fersko, Diana. We Need To Talk About Antisemitism. Seal: Perseus. 

Szwed, John. Cosmic Scholar. Farrar.


Berger, Sidney E. The Dictionary of the Book. Rowman & Littlefield. 

Rinke, Stefan. Conquistadors and Aztecs. Oxford Univ. 

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