New Books

New Books for the First Tuesday of August!

A quick note before we dive in: you’ll notice that today’s links will take you to Libby, a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. Many of you already know and love Libby, and now you can borrow August’s most exciting new releases (or put them on hold) right from this newsletter. Happy reading (and borrowing)!

Hello, my bookish friends! Can you believe it is freaking August??? I still need someone to figure out a way to stop time for a while so I can get more reading done. The first Tuesday of each month is always a HUGE day for new books, so my TBR only grows more. Cadillac problems, amirite? At the top of my list to acquire today are The Museum of Human History by Rebekah Bergman, The Apology by Jimin Han, and The Narrow by Kate Alice Marshall. You can hear about some more of the fabulous books coming out today on this week’s episode of All the Books! Danika and I talked about some of the books we’re excited about, including Tom Lake, Bellies, and The Underworld. And a special shout-out to Rioters Jenn Northington and S. Zainab Williams, whose book Fit for the Gods: Greek Mythology Reimagined, is out today!

Today I am doing a round-up of several exciting books from the first Tuesday of August 2023. Below, you’ll find titles (loosely) broken up into several categories, to make it easier for your browsing convenience. I hope you have fun with it! And as with each first Tuesday newsletter, I am putting asterisks *** next to the books that I have had the chance to read and loved. Not that many yet from today, for some weird reason, but I plan to correct that soon. YAY, BOOKS!

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Biography and Memoir

cover of Sipping Dom Pérignon Through a Straw: Reimagining Success as a Disabled Achiever by Eddie Ndopu; illustration of a Black man in a wheelchair, surrounded by a champagne explosion

The Many Lives of Mama Love: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing by Lara Love Hardin

Ira Hayes: The Akimel O’odham Warrior, World War II, and the Price of Heroism by Tom Holm

Pulling the Chariot of the Sun: A Memoir of a Kidnapping by Shane McCrae

Sipping Dom Pérignon Through a Straw: Reimagining Success as a Disabled Achiever by Eddie Ndopu


Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo ***

Weft by Kevin Allardice ***

Birder, She Wrote: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews

Ariane, A Russian Girl by Claude Anet, Mitchell Abidor (translator)

cover of Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo; wicker chair with a red cushion and flowers growing up one side

The Museum of Human History by Rebekah Bergman

Witness: Stories by Jamel Brinkley ***

Oh God, The Sun Goes by David Connor

The Way Life Should Be by William Dameron 

Bellies by Nicola Dinan ***

The Apology by Jimin Han

The Lookback Window by Kyle Dillon Hertz

The Peach Seed by Anita Gail Jones

Those We Thought We Knew by David Joy

I Will Greet the Sun Again by Khashayar J. Khabushani

Mobility by Lydia Kiesling

Lush Lives by J. Vanessa Lyon

cover of Tom Lake by Ann Patchett; oil painting of a field of daisies

Disruptions: Stories by Steven Millhauser

The End of August by Yu Miri, Morgan Giles (translator)

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett ***

The African Samurai by Craig Shreve

The Hundred Loves of Juliet by Evelyn Skye 

My Name Is Iris by Brando Skyhorse

At the Coffee Shop of Curiosities by Heather Webber

Middle Grade

Gallowgate by K. R. Alexander

Mystery and Thriller

What Never Happened by Rachel Howzell Hall

Evergreen (A Japantown Mystery Book 2) by Naomi Hirahara

cover of What Never Happened by Rachel Howzell Hall; black with purple flowers around the border and white font

The Trap by Catherine Ryan Howard ***

Just Another Missing Person by Gillian McAllister

To Catch a Storm by Mindy Mejia

Gone Tonight by Sarah Pekkanen

Someone You Trust by Rachel Ryan


The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean by Susan Casey ***

The Kingdom of Surfaces: Poems by Sally Wen Mao

Falling Back in Love with Being Human: Letters to Lost Souls by Kai Cheng Thom

Anansi’s Gold: The Man Who Looted the West, Outfoxed Washington, and Swindled the World by Yepoka Yeebo


cover of Tastes Like Shakkar by Nisha Sharma; illustration of a Desi couple, a man and a woman, standing in the center

The Art of Scandal by Regina Black

Change of Plans by Dylan Newton

Tastes Like Shakkar by Nisha Sharma

With Love, From Cold World by Alicia Thompson

Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror

The Hanging City by Charlie N. Holmberg 

Time’s Mouth by Edan Lepucki ***

Fit for the Gods: Greek Mythology Reimagined edited by Jenn Northington, S. Zainab Williams ***

The Book of Witches: An Anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan ***

Underjungle by James Sturz

cover of Time's Mouth by Edan Lepucki; photo of forest with a rainbow filter over it

The Bonus Room by Ben H. Winters

Join Rebecca & Jeff in the First Edition podcast to consider the 10 finalists for the “It Book” of August and pick a winner.

Young Adult

Damned If You Do by Alex Brown

Kiss the Girl (Meant To Be) by Zoraida Córdova

True True by Don P. Hooper

The Déjà Glitch by Holly James

cover of The Revelry by Katherine Webber; image of young person standing in front of a scary forest emanating light

The Narrow by Kate Alice Marshall

The Boy You Always Wanted by Michelle Quach

A Little Like Waking by Adam Rex

Stars in Their Eyes: A Graphic Novel by Jessica Walton and Aśka

The Revelry by Katherine Webber

orange cat on blue blanket with three little paintings of orange cats resting on its fur; photo by Liberty Hardy

This week: I’m currently reading Out There Screaming: An Anthology of New Black Horror by Jordan Peele and Greta & Valdin by Rebecca Reilly. Outside of books, I am rewatching Gravity Falls for the bazillionth time. The song stuck in my head right now is “Good To Sea” by Pinback. And here’s a cat photo: Author Marcy Dermansky loves orange cats as much as I do, and she sent me these adorable illustrations of orange kitties, modeled here by Zevon.

That’s it for me today, friends. I am sending you love and good wishes for whatever is happening in your life right now. Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! See you next week. – XO, Liberty