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The Best New Books Out The Week Of August 3

Including timely releases from Morgan Jerkins and Christina Hammonds Reed.

Not to mention, Twilight's Stephenie Meyer finally releases Midnight Sun — 12 years after it was due on shelves.

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A grieving mother struggles to understand who her child really was in the wake of his death, in this heartbreaking new novel from Freshwater author Akwaeke Emezi. Set in modern-day Nigeria, The Death of Vivek Oji traces the lines of one young person's short life — a life lived in the margins.

$27
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This Will Be My Undoing author Morgan Jerkins returns to store shelves this week with Wandering in Strange Lands: a micro-history and memoir that unknots three tangled centuries in her family's history.

$27.99
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Caroline Leavitt's With or Without You examines the ties that bind one woman to her closest friends and family. After two months in a coma, Stella wakes up to find that her husband and best friend have grown closer to one another, while she has developed a strange, new artistic gift.

$26.95
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A mute, nameless priestess lacking bodily autonomy balances interplanetary politics with emergent love in this debut series starter from queer author Linden A. Lewis. The Sisterhood has commanded First Sister to spy on her new captain, but did they also expect her to fall in love?

$26
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The follow up to Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune, Roselle Lim's new rom-com follows fortuneteller Vanessa Yu as she travels from California to Paris, looking for a way to rid herself of her psychic gift. But are destinies as set in stone as Vanessa's tea leaves would have her believe?

$16
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Canceled in 2008 and revived in 2020, Stephenie Meyer's Midnight Sun finally lands in stores this week. The novel retells the events of Twilight from Edward's perspective, and it's a must-read for #TeamEdward and #TeamJacob alike.

$27.99
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The adventures of the lesbian necromancers in space continue. After surviving the murder mystery of Canaan House, Harrow is now a Lyctor in service to God himself. There's just one problem, aside from the undying monsters who want to kill God: Harrow doesn't remember what happened in the last book.

$21.17
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A young man leaves his home country after overhearing his mother's secret, shared with their longtime boarder, in this heartfelt new novel from If I Never Went Home author Ingrid Persaud. Originally slated for release in April, Love After Love finally arrives in stores this week.

$27
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'The Black Kids' by Christina Hammonds Reed
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Set against the backdrop of the 1992 Rodney King Riots, Christina Hammonds Reed's The Black Kids centers on Ashley, a Black teen whose friends begin to treat her differently when protests against racial injustice take root in their idyllic corner of L.A.

$18.99
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After nearly a decade of marriage to her husband, Seattle chef Molly Wizenberg found herself falling in unexpected love with a woman. Out this week,The Fixed Stars is her tender, new memoir of love, parenting, divorce, and what comes after.

$25
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