Wonderful Reads | July Starred Reviews

Titles not to miss across fiction, nonfiction, audio, and reference.








De Visé, Daniel. The Blues Brothers: An Epic Friendship, the Rise of Improv, and the Making of an American Film Classic. Dreamscape Media.

Henry, Emily. Funny Story. Books on Tape.

Narasaki, Ken. Innocent When You Dream. L.A. Theatre Works.

O’Donnell, Patrick K. The Unvanquished: The Untold Story of Lincoln’s Special Forces, the Manhunt for Mosby’s Rangers, and the Shadow War That Forged America’s Special Operations. S. & S. Audio.

Rozan, S.J. & John Shen Yen Nee. The Murder of Mr. Ma. Recorded Books.


Byron, Ellen. A Very Woodsy Murder. Kensington Cozies.

Dahl, Julia. I Dreamed of Falling. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Pérez, Kristina. The Many Lies of Veronica Hawkins. Pegasus.

Taylor, Elena. A Cold, Cold World. Severn House.


Berry, Jedediah. The Naming Song. Tor.

Darling, Olivia Rose. Fear the Flames. Delacorte.

Saft, Allison. A Dark and Drowning Tide. Del Rey: Ballantine.

Soria, D.L. The Cottage Around the Corner. Del Rey: Ballantine.

Wang, M.L. Blood Over Bright Haven. Del Rey: Ballantine.


Khorram, Adib. I’ll Have What He’s Having. Forever: Grand Central.

Roberts, Amber. Haunt Your Heart Out. Alcove.


Balibrera, Gina María. The Volcano Daughters. Pantheon.

The Best Short Stories 2024: The O. Henry Prize Winners. Vintage.

Jones, Mary. The Goodbye Process: Stories. Zibby.

Ogawa, Yoko. Mina’s Matchbox. Pantheon.

Shafak, Elif. There Are Rivers in the Sky. Knopf.

Thanki, Asha. A Thousand Times Before. Viking.

van den Berg, Laura. State of Paradise. Farrar.


Cox, Amanda. Between the Sound and Sea. Revell.


Anderson, Leslie J. The Unmothers. Quirk.

Harrison, Rachel. So Thirsty. Berkley.

Iglesias, Gabino. House of Bone and Rain. Mulholland.

Jones, Stephen Graham. I Was a Teenage Slasher. S. & S./Saga.


Abley, Sean & Tyler Doupé. Queer Horror: A Film Guide. McFarland. 

Herbert, Zbigniew. Reconstruction of the Poet: Uncollected Works of Zbigniew Herbert. Ecco.

MacDonell, Nancy. Empresses of Seventh Avenue: World War II, New York City, and the Birth of American Fashion. St. Martin’s.

Smith, Danez. Bluff: Poems. Graywolf.


Ehrensaft, Diane & Michelle Jurkiewicz. Gender Explained: A New Understanding of Identity in a Gender Creative World. The Experiment.

Jones, Amanda. That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America. Bloomsbury.

Kamarck, Elaine & Darrell M. West. Lies That Kill: A Citizen’s Guide to Disinformation. Brookings Inst.

Landau, Deb Miller. A Devil Went Down to Georgia: Race, Power, Privilege, and the Murder of Lita McClinton. Pegasus.

Levitin, Daniel J. I Heard There Was a Secret Chord: Music as Medicine. Norton.

Nathans, Benjamin. To the Success of Our Hopeless Cause: The Many Lives of the Soviet Dissident Movement. Princeton Univ.

Olsson, Tore C. Red Dead’s History: A Video Game, an Obsession, and America’s Violent Past. St. Martin’s.

Rosenberg, Jane. Drawn Testimony: My Four Decades as a Courtroom Sketch Artist. Hanover Square: Harlequin.


Kroski, Ellyssa. The Big Sourcebook of Free and Low-Cost Library Programming: 300+ Resources, Ideas, and Tools. ALA Editions.

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