Sandy’s Selections: Best New Books to Read for End of Summer

best new books to read

August is here and Sandy is sharing with us her recommendations for great books to read. Grab a cup of tea, coffee (or wine) and curl up in a comfortable spot with one of these just released selections.

The Other WomanThe Other Woman by Daniel Silva

2018, #1 NYT Best Fiction

The Other Woman manipulates the history of espionage between Russia’s KGB and British MI-6 after Israel’s Chief of Secret Service discovers a mole has passed British secrets to Russia for 20 years. By weaving today’s headlines into the real life-story of turncoat spy, Kim Philby, it seems to be fiction and non-fiction simultaneously. “The Other Woman” is part of an excellent spy craft series, but can also be read as a stand alone. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
The Fix by David Baldacci
Spymaster by Brad Thor

Clock DanceClock Dance by Anne Tyler

2018, NYT Best Fiction

Clock Dance follows a woman from childhood through middle age as she is “figuring out what to live for” then realizes she has spent half her life apologizing while the world has passed her by. The comfortable writing style carefully develops each character and interlaces a heartfelt story into a life-changing conclusion. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Breathing by Anne Tyler (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Sex MattersSex Matters by Mona Charen

2018, Non-Fiction

Sex Matters delivers a critique of modern feminism. Each chapter focuses on a different issue plaguing women today – wage gaps, abortion, the hook-up culture and the new debate over transgenderism. The author provides evidence to support traditional gender roles and asserts that sex differences are real and there is a price to pay when one denies that fact. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax
Sex Matters for Women by Sallie Foley
Why Sex Matters by Bobbi Low

RobinRobin by Dave Itzkoff

2018, Biography Robin Williams

Robin is a vivid portrait of the comic actor Robin Williams, written in a style that is both perceptive and fascinating to follow. Detailed information surrounding the 2014 suicide of Williams at 63 reveals Lewy Body Disease discovered in the autopsy of the brain caused hallucinations and had never been diagnosed. A tragic loss of a great talent. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Still Foolin’ Em by Billy Crystal
Pryor Convictions by Richard Pryor
Robin Williams: When the Laughter Stops by Emily Herbert

Lost VintageLost Vintage by Ann Mah

2018, Historical Fiction

Lost Vintage balances the history of the Burgundy wine region with the drama of a family mystery, plus adding a perfect dose of love story. The lost vintage is six valuable bottles of wine that are missing from the cellar’s secret cave. A dual time line of the present day and the 1940s during World War II is intertwined, and the book’s ending should satisfy everyone. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
My 25 Years in Provence by Peter Mayle
Love and Death in Burgundy by Susan C. Shea
Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

Tin ManTin Man by Sarah Winman

2018, Fiction

Tin Man, a very slim novel that takes place in the English countryside and southern France, is a beautiful story about love, friendship and understanding. The book alternates perspectives of the two primary characters. Half the book is told by one protagonist and second half by the other. The first character provides the epilogue. Tin Man is a quick read but incredibly moving. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

CalypsoCalypso by David Sedaris

2018, #1 Non-Fiction Best Seller List

Calypso is a memoir filled with hilarious, laugh-out-loud tales about moving into middle age and realizing there is more of your life behind than in front of you. The family stories about three sisters, a brother and a 92-year-old father provide endless comedy. Listening to the audio book is highly recommended because the author is the reader. Read reviews here.

Readers Recommend:
Less by Andrew Greer 2017 (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Greer

There you have a few of the best new books to read to round out your summer. Enjoy!


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