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Top 10 hot books to read in August

No. 1 on the list marks the return of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache in Louise Penny's A Better Man
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2019 August Loan Stars Top Adult Picks

Loan Stars' monthly lists of the top upcoming books are recommended by library staff across Canada and organized by BookNet Canada with support from the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC/CBUC). More information is available at

  1.  A Better Man by Louise Penny, A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Hardcover, Fiction/ Mystery & Detective; Aug. 27, $36.99, Minotaur Books. Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
  2. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware, Paperback, Fiction /Thrillers / Suspense, Aug. 27, $24.99, Simon & Schuster. When Rebecca stumbles across an ad for a live-in nanny it seems like too good an opportunity to miss. What Rebecca doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare — one that will end with a child dead and Rebecca in prison awaiting trial for murder.
  3. Translated from the Gibberish by Anosh Irani, Paperback, Fiction / Literary, Aug. 20, $24.95, Knopf Random Vintage Canada/Knopf Canada. Here are seven superb, subtle, surprising stories that show, through a prism of unforgettable characters, what it means to live between two worlds: India and Canada.
  4. Albatross by Terry Fallis, Paperback, Fiction / Coming of Age, Aug. 13, $22.95, McClelland & Stewart.A new novel about destiny — and what it means to forge your own path.
  5. Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glasses, Apples by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Colleen Doran, Hardcover, Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy, Aug. 20, $23.99, Dark Horse ComicsDark Horse Books. A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren’t so happily ever after. This is an adaption of a Neil Gaiman story by Colleen Doran.
  6. This Little Light by Lori Lansens, Paperback, Fiction / Coming of Age, Aug. 13, $24.95 CAD, Knopf Random Vintage Canada/Random House Canada.This brilliant new novel is an urgent bulletin from an all-too-believable near future in which the religious right has come out on top. And where a smart young girl who questions the new order is suddenly a terrorist.
  7. Girl at the Edge of Sky by Lilian Nattel, Paperback, Fiction/ Historical / World War II, Aug. 27, $24.95, Knopf Random Vintage Canada/Random House Canada. A unique, thrilling, sometimes terrifying novel based on the life and death of Lily Litvyak, a female Soviet flying ace and fighter pilot shot down behind German lines in the Second World War.
  8. Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by Anna Mehler Paperny, Paperback, Self Help / Mood Disorders / Depression, Aug. 6, $26.95, Knopf Random Vintage Canada/Random House Canada. Award-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny’s stunning memoir chronicles with courageous honesty and uncommon eloquence her experience of depression and her quest to explore what we know and don’t know about this disease that afflicts almost a fifth of the population. An invaluable guide to a system struggling to find solutions.
  9. Witch, Please by Sonia Lazo, Body, & Spirit / Witchcraft, Aug. 6, $21.95 CAD, Chronicle Books. Charming illustrations offer an inclusive, body-positive message to modern mystics all over the world, reminding readers that anyone can tap into their inner magic—all you have to do is be true to yourself.
  10. Fuel Your Day! by Madame Labriski, Paperback, Cooking / Health & Healing / General, Aug. 13, $24.95 CAD, Appetite by Random House. Fuel your day with healthy and delicious recipes for energy treats of all kinds—from cookies to muffins, and bites to bars—all with no added sugar or fat, and gluten- and dairy-free options.