Well, it’s August. As you might expect, we have some recommended books for you this month. They don’t have a lot in common; if we were to choose a theme, we might point to an abundance of notable short story collections in this month’s recommendations, but again, these are a relatively wide-ranging bunch. But that also seems like par for the course right now: you might want to read something thought-provoking or you might want to read something escapist. Either way, we have you covered.
In our morning reading: interviews with Kristen Arnett and Jakob Guanzon, guitar recordings that chart new ground, and more.
In our weekend reading: new work by Mira Jacob, interviews with Andrea Bartz and Robin Sloan, and more.
In our morning reading: Alexander Chee on Younghill Kang’s fiction, reviews of books by Karen Russell and Fernando A. Flores, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Hanif Abdurraqib and Andrea Bartz, a review of Morgan Parker’s new book, and more.
This February brings with it plenty to savor, literarily speaking. Among the highlights from the month’s books are new works by the writers behind several of our recent favorites, from incisive nonfiction to imaginative fiction. There’s also some bold work appearing in translation for the first time. Here’s a look at some of the books we’re most excited about this month.