News Pop Culture and Entertainment 5 Page-Turning Books You Should Read in August 2017 By Claire Stern Claire Stern Claire Stern is the Deputy Editor of ELLE.com. Previously, she served as Editor at Bergdorf Goodman and was the Associate Editor at InStyle. Her interests include fashion, food, travel, music, Peloton, and The Hills—not necessarily in that order. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on August 1, 2017 @ 01:15PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Courtesy (4) 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 se. If you need a rundown of the buzziest titles hitting shelves this month, we've got five recommendations to jump on, from Danya Kukafka's suspenseful debut to a short story collection handpicked by Lena Dunham. The best part? No term papers required. 01 of 05 MY ABSOLUTE DARLING BY GABRIEL TALLENT Courtesy Buy Now This engrossing read tells the story of a reclusive 14-year-old girl living in Northern California with her unstable widower father. When she connects with a boy at school, she's introduced to a more normal adolescent existence outside of her social orbit. 02 of 05 GIRL IN SNOW BY DANYA KUKAFKA Courtesy Buy Now Danya Kukafka makes a compelling case for the next Girl on the Train with a fast-paced thriller about a young girl whose body is found on a school playground in the dead of winter, leaving an obsessive loner, a jealous classmate, and a police officer as the prime suspects. It's no surprise then that it garnered an accolade from Paula Hawkins herself. 03 of 05 NEW PEOPLE BY DANZY SENNA Courtesy Buy Now At the turn of the millennium, a Brooklyn student grapples with the complexity of multiracial identity when she entertains the idea of leaving a picture-perfect life with her college boyfriend for a darker-skinned bohemian poet. 04 of 05 SOUR HEART BY JENNY ZHANG Courtesy Buy Now Fill the gigantic void left by Girls with debut author Jenny Zhang's fictional short story collection, narrated candidly by the daughters of Chinese immigrants trying to make it in New York City—the first title from Lena Dunham's Lenny imprint. 05 of 05 THE ADDRESS BY FIONA DAVIS Courtesy Buy Now In her follow-up to The Dollhouse, Fiona Davis leaves behind the Barbizon Hotel, a former all-woman's hotel on New York's Upper East Side, in favor of the famed Dakota on Central Park West, where the intertwining stories of a British housekeeper-turned-murderer and former Manhattan party girl with a penchant for interior design unfold. It's Maid in Manhattan meets The Grand Budapest Hotel.