July 2018 Adult Picks

July Adult PicksSummer’s finally here and, if you’re lucky, that means more time for reading! So get pour yourself a nice, cold glass of lemonade and take a look at these new releases, all of which would be excellent for reading in a hammock, on the beach, or in your air-conditioned home.

northlandNorthland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Across America’s Forgotten Border by Porter Fox (out 7/3)
The author draws on three years of exploration through the borderlands between Maine and Washington State to trace the northern border’s rich and pivotal history, industries, and famous contributors.

the poisoned cityThe Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark (out 7/10)
Documents the 2014 poisoning of the residents of Flint, Michigan, by contaminated water, and the ensuing eighteen-month activism case in which the state admitted its complicity after twelve people died and many others suffered permanent injuries.

a bite sized history of franceA Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, Wars, & Enlightenment by Stéphane Hénaut & Jeni Mitchell (out 7/10)
A French cheesemonger and an American academic and ex-pat join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bourdain, Peter Mayle, and Pamela Druckerman.

give people moneyGive People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, & Remake the World by Annie Lowrey (out 7/10)
A global look at universal basic income–the idea of giving every citizen an annual stipend, no questions asked–explains how it has the potential to solve the problem of rising inequality and persistent poverty in an age of advancing technology.

spinning silverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik (out 7/10)
Documents the 2014 poisoning of the residents of Flint, Michigan, by contaminated water, and the ensuing eighteen-month activism case in which the state admitted its complicity after twelve people died and many others suffered permanent injuries.

the death of truthThe Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani (out 7/17)
The former “New York Times” critic examines the cultural forces and trends that have contributed to the decline of objective truth and the rise of subjectivity over factuality and common values, and points toward a new path for these truth-challenged times.

rescuedRescued by David Rosenfelt (out 7/17)
Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on any more cases. He’d much rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization, the Tara Foundation, than find himself back in a courtroom. However, when a truck carrying over seventy dogs from the South to the rescue-friendly northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved.

mary bMary B.: An Untold Story of Pride & Prejudice by Katherine J. Chen (out 7/24)
The awkward middle child of five, Mary Bennet, who loses herself in the secret pleasures of reading and writing in nineteenth-century England, soon discovers that her fictional creations are no match for the very real scandal, tragedy, and romance that come into her life.

30 before 3030 Before 30: How I Made a Mess of My 20s and You Can Too by Marina Shifrin (out 7/24)
A published writer and in-demand comic presents a humorous collection of essays in which she attempts to accomplish 30 life goals—such as donating hair, moving to a different country and becoming Internet famous—before turning 30.

chariot on the mountainChariot on the Mountain by Jack Ford (out 7/31)
Based on little-known true events, a fictional account from an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist recreates a female slave’s treacherous journey toward freedom during the days before the Civil War, a time when the traditions of the Old South still existed.