Your beach days may be numbered, but there's still some time to make a dent in your back-to-school reading list—even if you're not returning to campus, per say. If you need a rundown of the buzziest titles hitting shelves this month, we've got seven recommendations that you can't miss, from Amy Schumer's much-hyped memoir to Imbolo Mbue's impressive debut about an immigrant family living in Harlem. The best part? No term papers required.
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1. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Even in seemingly idyllic neighborhoods, something shady can be bubbling underneath the surface. Such is the case for August, a young girl growing up in 1970s Brooklyn, where drugs, looting, and prejudice run rampant. It's when she returns home as an adult that she gains perspective.
Available at Amazon | $14
2. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
Set in the 1950s against the glitzy backdrop of N.Y.C.'s Barbizon Hotel, where a fleet of women stay to pursue careers as models, secretaries, and the like, this suspenseful novel about a woman who took a decidedly different path—and the journalist who wants to uncover her secrets—will quicken your pulse.
Available at Amazon | $21
3. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
In case the cover wasn't enough to sway you, the hilarious, deeply personal essays by the Emmy Award-winning comedian, on topics ranging from airport security lines to her secretive cross-fit instructor, surely will. Bonus: There's an audiobook version narrated by Schumer herself.
Available at Amazon | $17
5. I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman
6. The Regulars by Georgia Clark
Imagine if, suddenly, out of nowhere, you were offered a magic portion that makes you beautiful. Do you take it? The trio of friends at the center of this twisted, modern-day take on Cinderella do just that, but the future has something else in store. Psst, Lea Michele is also a fan.
Available at Amazon | $18
7. Malafemmena by Louisa Ermelino
An accolade from acclaimed journalist and novelist Gay Talese goes a long way, and Louisa Ermelino's collection of short stories, which center around women living life in the proverbial fast lane at home and abroad, is worthy of the endorsement, and will leave you feeling inspired by their energy and lust for adventure. ("Malafemmena" translates to "bad woman" in Italian.)
Available at Amazon | $10