I added so many fantastic books to my reading list this week! Here's what caught my eye and how it got my attention:

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. This is both a thriller and a family drama about the mysterious death of Diana--a woman beloved by everyone except her daughter-in-law, Lucy. So many readers I trust raved about The Mother-in-Law this summer, but I’d been burned by too many thrillers recently to commit to reading it. Last week’s Currently Reading podcast finally put me over the edge, when Meredith described it as an “emotional resonant” thriller and compared it to Big Little Lies in the sense that every reader will love it. I’ve also heard it’s a page turner and that’s exactly what I need during the transition back to balancing work and reading. 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I thought I was over World War II historical fiction, but this one caught my eye at my local indie bookstore last week as I was browsing the YA section. I like the set-up of following four characters from different backgrounds and I appreciate the short chaptered structure. While I thought this could be a good one to recommend to students, I actually had a sophomore recommend it to me after our second day of class! I love when students suggest books for me to read, so this one is now at the top of my pile.

*Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino. Tolentino is the former deputy editor at Jezebel and is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her writing is sharp and thoughtful, and this collection about the internet and identity promises to be a nuanced take on a hot topic--my favorite kind of nonfiction read. This one has been on my list for a few weeks after receiving a copy from Random House earlier this month. After listening to part of Ezra Klein’s interview with Tolentino on his podcast, I decided to download the audiobook immediately. Tolentino narrates the essays herself so I’m particularly excited about listening to it.

*The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You by Dina Nayeri. This book sounds like a really interesting work of nonfiction in which Nayeri works to expose readers to the daily lives of refugees. She intersperses her own story of fleeing Iran for Italy and eventually Oklahoma with the stories of other refugees she’s met and interviewed. I don’t pay close attention to new nonfiction releases so I’m particularly grateful to the publishers who make sure great nonfiction makes its way to me. Catapult sent me The Ungrateful Refugee this week and it feels extremely timely. This one’s out September 3rd.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. In her How to Make a Reader interview, Lupita Aquino mentioned this as one of the books she’d love to see added to more literature classes. I loved Acevedo’s novel in verse The Poet X so I’m very eager to check out her newest which features Emoni Santiago, a high schooler navigating motherhood and weighing her choices about what to pursue after high school: her dream of being a chef or something a little more practical. This weekend I found a beautiful hardback copy at Barnes and Noble for fifty percent off, and I’m considering that a sign to read it soon.


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