I have another enormous pile of August releases to discuss, so let's get started.
I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows is another book I talked about at BEA. In 1934, it's the start of the Dust Bowl years in Mulehead, Oklahoma. As drought and storms lay waste to the Great Plains, wife and mother Annie Bell cannot escape the dust. "It's in her hair, covering the windowsills in the corners of her children's dry, cracked lips. As the Bell family waits for the rains to come, as their neighbors give up and clear out one by one, all of the Bells are pulled in different directions." When I discussed it at BEA, I quoted someone from Macmillan who said it will make you thirsty. (Release date is Aug. 9.)
Bestselling author Brenda Novak launches a new series with Her Darkest Nightmare. At sixteen Evelyn Talbot was imprisoned by her boyfriend, tortured, and left for dead. Now, she's an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, and the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility in a small Alaskan town. And, Sergeant Amarok considers Hanover House a threat to the community, especially when the body of a local woman turns up. That's all the proof he needs, but Evelyn thinks the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again. (Release date is Aug. 30.)
B.A. Paris' debut, Behind Closed Doors, may be #1 in the UK, with movie rights sold, but it's for readers with more nerves than I have. It's the story of newlyweds Grace and Jack Angel who seem to have a perfect life, but Jack is actually a sadistic man who imprisons his wife, and threatens to do worse to Grace's sister when she comes to live with them. (Release date is Aug. 9.)
In Harmony, Carolyn Pankhurst takes readers inside a family who are desperate to leave everything behind. Alexandra and her husband have tried everything to help their off-the-charts genius but impossible daughter, Tilly, who has been deemed "undiagnosable". After she's expelled from the last school in their DC suburb, they move to New Hampshire where Camp Harmony and a child behavior expert might be a solution. Instead, they find themselves pushed to the limits. (Release date is Aug. 2.)
If I told you Jonathan F. Putnam's debut mystery, These Honored Dead, is a Lincoln and Speed mystery, would you think of Abraham Lincoln? The amateur Lincoln scholar introduces Joshua Speed to a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln. Speed needs the legal expertise of his new friend to try to clear the good name of a woman accused of murdering her orphaned niece. Then, more bodies are discovered, and the investigation starts to come apart at the seams. (Release date is Aug. 9.)
In Matt Rees' The Damascus Threat, ICE Special Agent Dominic Verrazano's vigilance pays off when he uncovers a plot to launch a chemical attack in New York, but he doesn't know what the target is or how deep the conspiracy goes. It's a search that leads him to Syria where he has to track the weapon before it's too late. (Release date is Aug. 9.)
Alix Rickloff's historical novel, Secrets of Nanreath Hall, tells the story of a young mother who flees her home in Cornwall in the early years of World War I, and the daughter who finds her way back during World War II, searching for answers. (Release date is Aug. 2.)
In The Art of Rivalry, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells of four friendships and rivalries that led to creative innovations. He examines the relationships of Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. (Release date is Aug. 16.)
Nadia Spiegelman's memoir, I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This, is a story of mothers and daughters traced through four generations, from Paris to New York and back again in an account that helps readers see why sometimes those who love us best hurt us most. (Release date is Aug. 2.)
Brian Thiem, a veteran of the Oakland Police Department, gives us a police procedural, Thrill Kill. "Cops in Oakland seldom meet people whose lives are going well. That's certainly the case when homicide detective Matt Sinclair recognizes the dead woman hanging from a tree as a teenage runaway named Dawn he arrested ten years before. And as Sinclair and his partner, Cathy Braddock, soon learn, many of Dawn's clients, not to mention the local and federal officials who protect them, will go to any length to keep the police from digging too deep into her past." (Release date is Aug. 9.)
Charlie Henry and his friends return in David Thurlo's Rob They Neighbor. When Charlie and his best friend Gordon interrupt a kidnapping, the masked men get away. But, Sam Randall hires Charlie and Gordon to investigate, not trusting the police to protect him and his wife. As they investigate, the simple home invasion case turns into something more. (Release date is Aug. 16.)
Bob Utecht is a former tight-end for the Indianapolis Colts, and a national spokesperson for brain health. After five major concussions, Utecht is losing his memories. The book, Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away, is his powerful and emotional love letter to his wife and daughter - whom he someday may not recognize - and an inspiring message for all to live every moment fully." (Release date is Aug. 23.)
In her novel, Still Here, Lara Vapnyar follows the intertwined lives of four Russian immigrants in New York City as they grapple with love and tumult, the challenges of a new home, and the absurdities of the digital age. (Release date is Aug. 2.)
Small-town Iowa secrets come to light in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake mystery, Pumpkin Picking with Murder. The annual Fall Festival is a big deal in Otter Lake, New Hampshire, and Erica Bloom is trying to enjoy herself as she gets better acquainted with the sheriff. But, her romance will have to take a back seat after a dead man shows up, slumped over in the boat emerging from the tunnel, and the other person is not his wife, but Erica's feisty "aunt" Tweety. (Release date is Aug. 30.)
Two days of book listings. A little overwhelming? What books jump out at you? What jumps out at me? Why are there so many books that I want to read that are released on Aug. 9th? I hope you find something to enjoy in these posts!