POPSUGAR Celebrity

July Must Reads

Jul 16 2014 - 10:00am

If you're looking for some new titles to add to your Summer reading list, don't worry — there are plenty of can't-miss books coming out this month! Along with brand-new fiction from popular authors like Jojo Moyes, Amy Bloom, and Rainbow Rowell, several exciting thrillers will be hitting shelves, including a mystery by Daniel Silva. Meanwhile, Joan Rivers's new book comes out this month, plus memoirs by June Melby and Lee Grant. As you prepare for your next getaway, take note of these July must reads, plus a collection of great books on POPSUGAR Love & Sex [1]!

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing [2] by Mira Jacob is the author's debut novel. Told from the perspective of Amina, a 30-year-old photographer, the book is about an Indian-American family that struggles to move forward after facing tragedy.

Out July 1

Lucky Us

The New York Times called Amy Bloom's Away a "literary triumph." Her latest book, Lucky Us [3], is set in 1940s America, where Iris — who hopes to be a star — and her friend Eva decide to leave their small Midwest town and head to Hollywood and Long Island.

Out July 29

My Family and Other Hazards

In My Family and Other Hazards: A Memoir [4] by June Melby, the author offers a nostalgic, hilarious look at her Midwestern upbringing, including stories about her unique childhood home — a family-run miniature golf course in Wisconsin.

Out July 8


Edan Lepucki's California: A Novel [5] tells the story of a couple trying to survive in a dark, unfamiliar future. A Visit From the Goon Squad author Jennifer Egan calls it "a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future."

Out July 8

The Hundred-Year House

The Hundred-Year House [6] by Rebecca Makkai follows the quirky, complicated dynamics of a wealthy family, the Devohrs. The book moves between years and generations to reveal the truth about the family and their strange, storied house.

Out July 10


Landline [7], the latest from bestselling author Rainbow Rowell, follows the story of Georgie, a woman who's struggling with her marriage. When she comes across a way to time travel, she debates whether or not to go back in time and try to save her relationship.

Out July 8

Diary of a Mad Diva

Nothing's off-limits in Joan Rivers's book Diary of a Mad Diva [8], which covers everything from her personal life to her craziest celebrity interactions.

Out July 1

How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky

Love, fate, and the connection between the two come into play in How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky [9] by Lydia Netzer. In it, best friends and astronomers George and Irene find out that their mothers raised them to be each other's soul mates, and they find themselves diving into their pasts to learn more.

Out July 1

One Plus One

Bestselling author Jojo Moyes's latest, One Plus One: A Novel [10], follows a cast of quirky, compelling characters as they set out on a road trip. The group includes single mom Jess and her two kids, Tanzie and Nicky, who meet a tech millionaire named Ed in a chance encounter before heading off on an adventure.

Out July 1

The Mockingbird Next Door

Journalist Marja Mills writes about her conversations with iconic author Harper Lee in The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee [11]. In it, she shares stories about the author's family and friends, courtesy of Harper Lee herself and Harper Lee's sister, Alice.

Out July 15

The Heist

In The Heist [12] by bestselling author Daniel Silva, there's murder, mystery, and intrigue as spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon searches for a stolen masterpiece.

Out July 15

The Removers

In Andrew Meredith's coming-of-age memoir The Removers [13], he writes about his childhood, family scandals, and experience working with his dad as a "remover" — a person who removes the bodies of people who die at home.

Out July 15

War of the Whales

War of the Whales: A True Story [14] by Joshua Horwitz details the personal and legal journey of two men who went up against the US Navy to save the whales.

Out July 1

High as the Horses' Bridles

Moving between 1980s New York and present-day California, High as the Horses' Bridles: A Novel [15] by Scott Cheshire tells the story of Josiah, a man who returns to his hometown to take care of his father. There, he's forced to face both his dad and his past, including his time as a preacher at just 12 years old.

Out July 8

I Said Yes to Everything

Actress Lee Grant writes about her childhood, her time at the Actors Studio, what it was like to be a young starlet, and what it was like to lose everything in I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir [16].

Out July 8

Live Bait

Author Fabio Genovesi's Live Bait [17] takes place in a small Italian town. In the book, Genovesi weaves together the stories of a 19-year-old metalhead, the 32-year-old woman who catches his eye, and a quirky teenage cycling champion.

Out July 1

The Black Hour

The Black Hour [18] by Lori Rader-Day is about a Chicago professor who's shot by one of her students before he shoots himself. As she searches for reasons why, she teams up with a teaching assistant who agrees to help her investigate the truth.

Out July 8

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

Bestselling author Chris Bohjalian writes about a homeless teen, Emily, who befriends a homeless boy while running from her past in Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel [19]. Jodi Picoult calls the book "a masterpiece of narrative voice, of emotion, and of how . . . the sparest of words can hold a wealth of pain."

Out July 8

Never Coming Back

Never Coming Back [20] by Tim Weaver, a UK bestseller, tells the story of a woman who teams up with her ex to investigate the disappearance of her sister, her brother-in-law, and their children.

Out July 3

Source URL