The 21 Best New Novels and Non-Fiction Books of August 2022
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New month, new books! Book Light is our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the most-anticipated new book releases every month, and next up is August 2022. So what are the best new new novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction books to read coming out in August 2022? Our intrepid team has been exploring and here’s what we found: 21 new book releases coming soon that we cannot wait to read.
what are the most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases for August 2022?
Wondering what to read in August 2022? We’ve surveyed the landscape, and rounded up a list of the best new books coming this August.
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the best new novels and non-fiction books coming in August 2022
Here’s our pick of the top new book releases of August 2022 – novels, poetry and essay collections, memoirs and other non-fiction – that we cannot wait to read. Pre-order your favorites now!
new book releases August 2, 2022
1. the last white man by mosid hamid.
“One morning, a man wakes up to find himself transformed. Overnight, Anders’s skin has turned dark, and the reflection in the mirror seems a stranger to him. At first he shares his secret only with Oona, an old friend turned new lover. Soon, reports of similar events begin to surface. Across the land, people are awakening in new incarnations, uncertain how their neighbors, friends, and family will greet them.”
2. All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews.
In All This Could Be Different,
3. Dead-End Memories: Stories by Banana Yoshimoto.
First published in Japan in 2003 and never before published in the United States, Dead-End Memories collects the stories of five women who, following sudden and painful events, quietly discover their ways back to recovery.
4. yoga: a novel by Emmanuel Carrère.
In a book that sounds very meta, a character named Emmanuel Carrère sets out for a ten-day silent retreat in the French heartland. But four days later, he’s rushing urgently back to Paris, where everything seems to be unraveling. The city. His work. His marriage and his affair with another woman. The tensions of what is real and what is false are in clear view as the protagonist struggles “to get better and be better.”
5. When We Were Bright and Beautiful by Jillian Medoff.
The Quinns are the quintessential successful Upper East Side clan. But then younger brother Billy, a junior at Princeton, is arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The family quickly hires the best legal minds money can buy. But being “white, athletic, and privileged” makes him an unsympathetic defendant.
6. Dangerous Rhythms by T. J. English.
author of Havana Nocturne, comes the epic, scintillating narrative of the interconnected worlds of jazz and organized crime in 20th century America.
7. Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter by E.B. Bartels.
personal account of loving and losing pets, exploring the singular bonds we have with our companion animals, and how to grieve them once they’ve passed.
8. Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller by Alec Nevala-Lee.
“During his lifetime, Buckminster Fuller was hailed as one of the greatest geniuses of the twentieth century. As the architectural designer and futurist best known for the geodesic dome, he enthralled a vast popular audience, inspired devotion from both the counterculture and the establishment, and was praised as a modern Leonardo da Vinci. rom Epcot Center to the molecule named in his honor as “the buckyball,” Fuller’s legacy endures to this day, and his belief in the transformative potential of technology profoundly influenced the founders of Silicon Valley.”
new book releases August 9, 2022
9. A Map for the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang.
10. Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi.
debut novel about the mother of all deceptions: a woman in Tokyo avoids harassment at work by perpetuating, for nine months and beyond, the lie that she’s pregnant.
11. the women could fly by
in a world where witches are real, peculiar behavior raises suspicions and a woman—especially a Black woman—can find herself on trial for witchcraft.
12. Fruit Punch: A Memoir by Kendra Allen.
Fruit Punch is a memoir written by a millennial growing up as a Black child in Dallas, Texas in the nineties and early 2000’s. Her wry and candid account touches on questions of beauty. How we form concepts of ourselves. Which rules to follow. And which to ignore.
13. All-American Dogs: A History of Presidential Pets from Every Era.
Here’s a perfect read for the dog days of summer. In All-American Dogs, the historian-in-residence at the Presidential Pet Museum shares the fascinating and fun history of White House canines. “Dating all the way back to George Washington, dogs have been constant companions to nearly all of America’s presidents. Of the past 46 presidents, 31 have had at least one dog at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.” With rare archival photos and other historical records, this is a dog-lovers delight.
14. Koshersoul by Michael W. Twitty.
The James Beard award-winning author of the acclaimed The Cooking Gene explores the cultural crossroads of Jewish and African diaspora cuisine and issues of memory, identity, and food.
new book releases August 16, 2022
15. Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes.
16. Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana.
A collection of eight interconnected stories set in a Harlem highrise.
17. All Signs Point to Paris by Natasha Sizlo.
when she’s gifted a session with LA’s most sought-after astrologist, she’s told that her soulmate is a man with the birthdate and birthplace—November 2, 1968 in Paris, France. Which happens to be the exact coordinates of her ex. Having recently divorced, lost her father and finding herself unable to get the ex out of her head, she sets of off for the City of Lights to see if perhaps some other gentleman with the same birth date and place might truly be The One.
new book releases August 23, 2022
18. My Government Means to Kill Me by Rasheed Newson.
Born into a wealthy Black Indianapolis family, Earl “Trey” Singleton III leaves his overbearing parents and their expectations behind by running away to New York City with only a few dollars in his pocket. In the city, Trey meets up with a cast of characters that changes his life forever. He volunteers at a renegade home hospice for AIDS patients, and after being put to the test by gay rights activists, becomes a member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP).
19. Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah.
the winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature is the author of After Lives, a historical novel that brings the brutality of life in East Africa under colonial rule vividly to life.
new book releases August 30, 2022
20. Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Just in time for the US Open comes a new novel about an aging tennis star: Carrie Soto is Back. by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Grand Slam titles. six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning player named Nicki Chan. At thirty-seven years old, she makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record.
21. Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta by James Hannaham.
story of a trans woman’s reentry into life on the outside after more than twenty years in a men’s prison, over one eventful Fourth of July weekend in Brooklyn.
most anticipated new novels and non-fiction books coming in August 2022
That’s our take on the best most anticipated new novels and non-fiction book releases to read among the books coming out in August 2022. What’s at the top of your list this month, dear reader?
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Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. A Detroit native, she has 3 Harvard degrees and has written 3 mystery novels published by Simon & Schuster. After serving as a senior corporate executive, CEO of CNBC and partner at McKinsey, she now serves on the boards of several tech companies. She loves fashion, Paris, New York, books, contemporary art, running, skiing, coffee, Corgis and violets.