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The Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Month

Four standout new releases of the month-and one old favorite to revisit.
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This month, devour a novel about the state of the American family, a memoir about the pains of growing up, an inspirational book about a man who changed his life with philanthropy, and a gorgeous ode to a late, great gardener.

The Big-Deal Novel: Family Trust

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The debut from author Kathy Wang, Family Trust follows the brood of Stanley Huang—the patriarch of a California family who has claimed his heirs are due for a major windfall—as they prepare for him to expire. But what is really in store for his children, both cogs in the tech industry machine, his jilted first wife, and his overwhelmed second one? Perhaps not quite what they expected. Wang’s book promises to skewer Silicon Valley excess and take a gimlet-eyed look at the state of the modern American family.

The Memoir: Heavy: An American Memoir

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This memoir from Kiese Laymon, whose previous books include the novel Long Division, looks at what it’s like to grow up different in the American South. An early review says, “Laymon convincingly conveys that difficult times can be overcome with humor and self-love, as he makes readers confront their own fears and insecurities.”

The Inspirational Read: Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World

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Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of charity: water, the nonprofit that has raised over $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8 million people around the globe. But it wasn’t always that way; in this inspiring read, Harrison shares the story of how he found purpose and made himself into the person he wanted to be. And it’s a book to feel good about buying; 100% of proceeds will fund charity: water projects.

The Coffee Table Book: The Gardens of Bunny Mellon

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Asked by her friend Jackie Kennedy to design the White House Rose Garden, style and society icon Bunny Mellon became a celebrated horticulturalist whose gardens were her deepest passion. An elegant new book showcases her lasting legacy, featuring a range of properties she designed— from Mellon’s own Antigua estate (now owned by Tory Burch) to Hubert de Givenchy's Château du Jonchet. The text is based on interviews that the author, Linda Jane Holden, conducted with Mellon before her death in 2014, as well as journals, correspondence, and mementos provided by Mellon’s family.

The Classic: The Virgin Suicides

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Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel turns 25 this fall. An instant classic, the story of the tragic, cloistered Lisbon sisters reckoned with the complexities of girlhood and teenage angst—and remains just as relevant. Of course, you’ll also want to revisit Sofia Coppola’s film adaptation, starring a then-rising-star, Kristin Dunst.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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