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Upcoming July Book: What We Can’t Wait To Read Next Month


July is full of great books – here are five we’re particularly excited about.

SA Cosby continues his first thriller Blacktop Wasteland with Razor blade tears. Released on July 6, it’s the story of two hardened middle-aged men, one black and the other white, who team up to solve the murder of their gay sons. The book “is a visceral whole-body experience, a heartbeat and a feast for the senses,” said reviewer Carole Bell. “Cosby’s brooding southern thriller marries Lee Childs’ skillful action and intrigue with the atmosphere and insight of Attica Locke.”

Critic Liza Graham says Sword Stone Table: old legends, new voices, edited by Swapna Krishna and Jenn Northington and released on July 13, “is a collection of short stories inspired by Arthurian legend and written by writers from marginalized groups. New perspectives breathe new life into a parade of knights, kings, queens and magicians, creating a round table we can all sit at. “

Kristen Radtke’s latest graphic novel Seek You: a journey through American solitude, out July 13, might be too much for those of us just emerging from pandemic-induced isolation – or it might be exactly the right read. Critic Gabino Iglesias says it is the latter: “I’m looking for you is the kind of post-pandemic story we’ve been waiting for. It’s sad, deep, and shows a superb understanding of the variety of ways we deal with trauma and isolation. A strange hybrid between graphics memory and something like a graphics essay, I’m looking for you This might be what we all need to really start to deal with the loneliness we’ve been through. “

Iglesias is also looking forward to What a strange paradise, by Omar el-Akkad, released on July 20. “The great literature on migration should rehumanize the discourse that surrounds it,” he says, and “What a strange paradise does a fantastic job of that. Touching, gritty and told with a unique voice that puts childhood at the center of the discussion, this is a tender and haunting work about refugees that everyone should read. “

And finally, reviewer Annalisa Quinn says reading a book on the history of the midlife seems like the last thing to do right now, but she was “surprisingly moved by the first chapters of Until Safety Is Proven: The History and Future of Quarantine, by Nicola Twilley and Geoff Manaugh, released July 20. “I’m just getting started,” she says, “but so far it’s beautifully written and asks big questions about what people owe each other at times when we are all potential sources of danger.” Copyright 2021 NPR. To learn more, visit https://www.npr.org.