It's Fourth of July week, and if you're anything like me, you're not feeling especially patriotic this year. So instead of heading out for fireworks decked out in red, white, and blue, you may instead want to brush up on the real history of the United States, volunteer for a political candidate, or just enjoy the days off with a picnic in the park and an excellent new book. Luckily, there's plenty of new book releases this week to add to your picnic bag.
This week brings with it three fascinating nonfiction books: To The Bridge explores the tragic, wrenching story of the mother who dropped her two children into the icy waters of Willamette River, leaving them for dead; Can You Tolerate This? is a riveting, dazzling collection of essays about young adulthood and all the anxieties and growing pains that define that period of life; and What To Read and Why is the perfect book for people who define themselves as readers and want to dive into a book about.... other books.
There's also plenty of fiction this week to keep you entertained at the beach or the park: The Calculating Stars is a sci-fi adventure that explores the very real gender disparity that exists in STEM fields in our existing reality; and The Banker's Wife is a fast-paced, twisted thriller that centers on the fact-finding missions of two very different women.
Whatever your mood, here are the five books you should dive in to this week: