30 Books to Read Now

Wondering what to read next? Here are 30 books (or so) that might help you answer this question ...Updated July 28.

Hieroglyphics Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616209728
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 28th, 2020

In Jill McCorkle’s affecting, layered new novel, the lives of elderly couple Lil and Frank intersect with those of young mother Shelley and her anxious son Harvey. Memory twists across the pages as concealed traumas emerge and ripple from one character to the next. Lil’s journal entries, which echo and refract her passing years, are particularly moving. In McCorkle’s compelling prose, minor moments reflect larger truths, creating a relatable, nuanced portrait of introspection and connection. --Talia


Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062248572
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Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982141462
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780385545808
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Published: Doubleday - July 21st, 2020

The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

The story of the Vignes girls, and of their daughters, is gorgeously written and hugely compelling. This is a must-read. --Talia


The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

A true masterpiece. Few novels have gripped me so tightly or broken my heart so completely as NICKEL BOYS. Stark and uncompromising in its portrayal of cruelty and told without a single extraneous word or awkward phrase, Colson Whitehead has crafted a breathtaking study of trauma and defiance. This should be required reading. I cannot recommend it highly enough. You will cry. --Zach


The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802149039
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Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020

Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

Inheritors Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385545372
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Published: Doubleday - July 14th, 2020

Intimations: Six Essays Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525537380
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 7th, 2020

Empire of Wild: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062975942
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Published: William Morrow - July 28th, 2020

The Silence of the White City Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984898593
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 28th, 2020

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor: A Novel (The Carls #2) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524743475
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Published: Dutton - July 7th, 2020

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525510567
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 14th, 2020

Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250252685
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 14th, 2020

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501132742
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

Full of truth and pain and beauty, this is the story of a Black, queer child coming of age in the Midwest in the time of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. It’s also the story of his mother and the unyielding power of their love. Insightful and raw in every important way. --Elese


Scorpionfish Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781947793750
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Published: Tin House Books - July 7th, 2020

Survivor Song: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062679161
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Published: William Morrow - July 7th, 2020

Perhaps the perfect horror novel for 2020, Survivor Song is as heartbreaking as it is disturbing. Paul Tremblay has crafted a relentlessly claustrophobic thriller, whose every page bleeds dread and adrenaline-pumping unease. Yet the true strength of this novel lies in its characters: they are so believable, their relationships so well-developed, that they continue to haunt me days after I turned the last page. An utterly enthralling, beautifully written, fever dream of literary horror. I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Zach


Axiom's End: A Novel (Noumena #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250256737
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 21st, 2020

Hamnet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

Party of Two Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593100820
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Published: Berkley - June 23rd, 2020

Sex and Vanity: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385546270
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Published: Doubleday - June 30th, 2020

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Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143134510
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Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

It's the summer of 1978 in Vernon, New Jersey and Eugene Mulvihill just opened what will become the most notorious amusement park in the USA - Action Park, colloquially known as "Traction Park" or "Class Action Park" due to the large number of injuries sustained and the lawsuits that followed. This book written by Mulvihill's son Andy takes you down the Alpine Slide, off the Diving Cliffs, and through the infamous Cannonball Loop to show you what it was like to be a teenager managing the chaos of a water park barely skirting rules and regulations. A fascinating read that perfectly captures a time and a once-in-a-lifetime place. --Colin


Utopia Avenue: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780812997439
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Published: Random House - July 14th, 2020

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The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525557562
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Published: Viking - July 21st, 2020

The Flight Portfolio: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307949714
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

For sheer page-turning readability, The Flight Portfolio's on point. My husband and I took turns reading the massive book, our bookmarks in a mad race to the finish. Orringer did a terrific job: based on a lot of truth, this is a story that deserves to be remembered. It's hard to tell the facts from the fiction which, I don't know about you, but I like that in a novel. Cinematic writing: watch for the movie. --Erica


In West Mills Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781635575286
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 16th, 2020

In West Mills was a very hard book to put down. I read most of it on a flight and I would have stayed on the plane longer to finish it if they'd let me. I really loved this book! De'Shawn Charles Winslow loves and respects and understands his characters and it comes through on every page. --Colin


Exhalation Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972083
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

Spanning 20 years of Chiang's writing, Exhalation is filled with the original sci-fi stories you've been looking for. Vastly complex ideas and philosophies explained through clear and compelling characters. Ted Chiang will make you think about Islam and time travel, ponder the ethics of AI pets, and wonder: is anxiety the dizziness of freedom? Once you've finished and you inevitably want more, pick up his first collection, Stories of Your Life. --Lucia


Unc A to Z: What Every Tar Heel Needs to Know about the First State University Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781469655833
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 13th, 2020

Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590665
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Published: Random House - July 14th, 2020

From local authors Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods


Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery (A Vera Kelly  Story #2) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793798
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Published: Tin House Books - June 16th, 2020

Book #2 in the series. See Jackie's (beloved former Flyelaf bookseller) review of Book #1 Who Is Vera Kelly?: Step closer. Pick up this book, and I swear, you'll be able to feel the heat swirling through the pages. Sharp, sly, and endlessly fascinating, Knecht's writing is as coolly collected and elusive as her main character. From the very beginning, you'll find yourself desperate to know more and more and MORE about Vera Kelly and you won't realize how fast you're turning the pages until its over. This is real writing-- writing that makes you want to taste coffee on your tongue, walk through rain-lashed streets, and hide away in secret Argentinian apartments. Come closer. Read this book.


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Night Boat to Tangier Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911341
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Published: Anchor - July 7th, 2020

Through a back-and-forth pivot between past and present, NIGHT BOAT TO TANGIER portrays the complex, lifelong friendship of two former criminals who struggle to reconcile with their mired, glorious, and traumatic past. For every dashing and sensitive streak shown by Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, they in turn can flash a gristly scar, an anecdote of startling violence, cruelty, or deception. Both characters provide you with profound reasons to keep your distance, and yet, under the spellbinding power of Kevin Barry’s poetry—its dusky richness, its brittle chills and bursts of sweaty, chaotic life—you will find yourself inching closer, listening to their stories of triumph and madness until they no longer wish to tell them. --Ben


Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525510895
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 7th, 2020

Crossings: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250259042
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 28th, 2020