Books

The Best Books to Read in August 2018

Five standout new releases (and one old favorite) to savor during the last month of summer.
IMAGE COURTESY OF PUBLISHERS
Comments

This month, dive into a thrilling tale of intrigue, get to know an unforgettable mother-daughter duo, rev up your coffee-table reading, and revisit a classic that's celebrating its centenary.

The Novel: Red, White, Blue

Shop Now

This smart and stylish thriller from T&C contributor Lea Carpenter follows a young woman who, in the aftermath of her father’s untimely death, discovers that he wasn’t exactly who she believed him to be. It’s an extraordinary twister of a novel that offers not only our favorite parts of spy stories (no surprise, considering Carpenter also wrote this month’s big-screen action flick Mile 22) but the kind of literary weight that’s sure to keep people buzzing long after beach season is over.

The Debut: Smothered

Shop Now

Autumn Chiklis’s first book offers a humorous tale of the struggles that come after graduating summa cum laude. Smothered tells the story of Elouise Hansen, a Columbia grad who moves back in with her folks after finishing school, but before she’s figured out what might come next. And while some parents might balk at the return of a seemingly well-adjusted spawn, Hansen’s mom—the impossible to ignore (or forget) Shelly—can’t imagine her offspring anywhere else. Get ready to laugh out loud at a strained, comical mother-daughter duo with smart, inventive, and very modern storytelling devices.

The Memoir: All Happy Families

Shop Now

At her mother’s insistence, Jeanne McCulloch’s father quit drinking before his daughter’s wedding. But when withdrawal causes a massive stroke, leaving him in a coma as his daughter walks down the aisle, what should have been a joyful weekend turns into a life-altering nightmare. This memoir, by a former managing editor of The Paris Review, is a poignant tableau of two families bound by etiquette and tradition—and of repercussions that last for decades.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The Page-Turner: The Eye

Shop Now

As the director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Ajaccio, Corsica, art historian Philippe Costamagna has carved a niche as an authority on 16th century Italian paintings. Often called upon to authenticate or attribute unknown works, he has seen it all, from surprise discoveries to high-stakes let downs. Lifting the veil on the shadowy world of art insiders, Costamagna delivers an entertaining reflection on the dealers, devotees, and decision makers who define the art market.

The Coffee Table Book: Hot Wheels

Shop Now

When Mario Andretti talks about cars, we listen. So, the fact that the legendary driver wrote the introduction to Paul Biedrzycki’s new tome about the world’s best-selling toy caught our eye but also left us wondering: How much is there to know about Hot Wheels? Turns out, plenty. In the 50 years since they were introduced, the toys have become not only a worldwide phenomenon but also a coveted collectible—and a subject that makes for a very interesting read.

The Classic: My Ántonia

Shop Now

Nineteenth-century pastoral America comes to life in this celebrated novel by Willa Cather, which is celebrating its centenary. The third book in what is known as the author’s prairie trilogy, My Ántonia is considered Cather’s masterpiece. The novel, which was published in 1918, follows the life of a young immigrant, Ántonia Shimerda, through the eyes of Jim Burden, her more privileged neighbor who escapes Midwestern life to become a New York lawyer. 

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

Comments
About The Author
The Town&Country Editors
View Other Articles From The Town&Country Editors
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
It's Meghan Markle's first royal Christmas card!
 
Share
Why skiing Australia should be on everyone's travel bucket list.
 
Share
During the holidays this seaside town transforms into a dreamy cold-weather escape.
 
Share
These powerful duos are making big changes in the fields of education, transportation, beauty, art, and design.
 
Share
World-famous graphic designer Kenya Hara details how it influences the minimal design of the lifestyle brand.
 
Share
The photo features the couple with their two daughters, Princess Leonor and Princess Sofia.
 
Share
Director Nadine Labaki on what it was like to work with real people to tell a story of children caught in the limbo of conflict.
 
Share
She even waved to the crowd as she drove through the palace gates.
 
Share
Christmas gift ideas for the woman who has everything and the frenemy you have to play nice with, according to the Truly Rich Lady.
 
Share
The Tony-winning musical only has four weeks left until the final performance on January 6.
 
Share
These editor-approved, cult-favorite products smooth fine lines, prevent wrinkles, and help turn back the hands of time.
 
Share
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US