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Your Shelf Life: 5 Books to Read in August

A curated list of this month's top reads


Stay with Me is the much-buzzed-about novel from Ayòbámi Adébáyò about a Nigerian woman’s struggles to get pregnant in a community where childless women are cursed.

The newest from Tom Perrotta (Little Children, The Leftovers) is Mrs. Fletcher, about a divorcée whose son has left for college, launching her into an identity crisis. An anonymous, sexually suggestive text message changes everything. 

Laurent Binet has written a comic mystery starring the biggest names in literary theory. In The Seventh Function of Language, a detective looks into the possible murder of semiotician Roland Barthes.

Jenny Zhang’s short story collection Sour Heart is the first book from Lena Dunham’s new imprint, Lenny, at Random House. It explores the lives of various Chinese American girls growing up in New York City.

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby follows the titular character through her rise to literary fame and giving it up after an unexpected pregnancy. Cherise Wolas explores motherhood, creativity, and ambition.

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