Novelty Act

Curl up inside for a break from the action with one of these summer book releases.

Summer always brings new literary releases. The ones we’re most excited about span fiction and nonfiction—and are all perfect books that you won’t put down during the hot months ahead. Whether it’s a vacation, staycation, or just an hour on your lunch break, the following reads are worthy of your bookshelf or nightstand reading list.

Fractal Noise

by Christopher Paolini

Fractal Noise author Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon, the popular young adult novel about a boy who finds a dragon egg, when he was 15. His latest science fiction novel takes readers on a thrilling journey through a world where reality blurs with the supernatural. Fractal Noise follows protagonist Alex as he unravels the mysterious connection between a series of bizarre events and his own haunting past. Elements of suspense, horror, and psychological exploration will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

$28.99 | Tor Books


Love, Theoretically

by Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood typically writes about women with STEM degrees. In Love, Theoretically, she has penned a witty romantic comedy that takes readers on a heartwarming journey of unexpected love. Readers meet Emma, a brilliant scientist with a skeptical view of romance, and Eli, a writer with a flair for the dramatic, in this charming story. As their lives intertwine, hilarious mishaps and heartfelt moments ensue and challenge their preconceived notions about love.

$28 | Berkley

The Wager

by David Grann


From Killers of the Flower Moon author David Grann, The Wager is another page-turning epic. A shipwreck, a mutiny, and action spread over at least two sides of a continent offer a compelling story of a shipwreck, survival, and savagery that culminates in a shocking truth.

$30 | Doubleday



Shop local by purchasing these books from an independent bookstore near you. You can search for these titles at the following nearby options:

Interabang Books in Inwood Village |

Logos Bookstore in Snider Plaza |

Half Price Books on Northwest Highway |



by R. F. Kuang


This powerful and thought-provoking novel from R. F. Kuang, the author of Babel, tackles issues of race, identity, and cultural appropriation. In this razor-sharp story, the character of Juniper Song is a bestselling author who is not who she says she is—she didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American. This timely and immersive read will ask all sorts of questions about white lies, consequences, and the stories we tell.

$30 | William Morrow & Company

‘Till Beth Do Us Part

by Rochelle Ransom


What if you found your murdered mother’s journals? Peyton Keller was raised by her grandparents in rural Laketown. Determined to finally track down her father and solve her mother’s murder, she enlists the help of her best friend, Tristan. They piece together parts of the past until Peyton becomes torn between learning the truth about her family and tearing others apart.

$14.98 | pREADtend Publishing

The Elissas: Three Girls, One Fate, and the Deadly Secrets of Suburbia

by Samantha Leach

Author Samantha Leach is also the entertainment editor-at-large at Bustle. In The Three Elissas, she traces the lives of a trio of girls, including her childhood best friend, who shared the same fate after meeting in the Troubled Teen Industry, a network of unregulated programs meant to reform wealthy, wayward youth. Leach’s personal endeavor to investigate how she and her friend’s paths diverged will challenge what you know about suburban women.

$29 | Legacy Lit

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