Summer Book Blockbusters: New & Upcoming Reads

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 12, 2016 06:10pm | Post a Comment

Summer Book Blockbusters

We still have plenty of summer left this year, which is good news for sun worshipers, stone fruit enthusiasts, and voracious readers. Thanks to summer, we can participate in our favorite solitary hobby of being completely absorbed by a good book in the great outdoors -- and we can do so longer and later thanks to daylight savings time! So many great books have come out this summer or are on their way to bookshelves near you. Here's our guide to some of the highlights we've enjoyed and are looking forward to.

Never A Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock ExplodedMusic:

Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp (out now)
This is the hilarious and true story of Jensen Karp's wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of, who got his start performing at his friend's bar mitzvah and eventually signed to Interscope Records.

Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth (out now)
Examines the music scene starting with the day after The Beatles broke up and the world was reshaped by David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni Mitchell.

In Love With These Times by Roger Shepherd (out now)
Flying Nun Records founder Roger Shepherd's memoirs reach back to the early days of the New Zealand label, dreamt up in the back rooms of a Christchurch record shop in the early '80s.

The Smiths by Nalinee Darmrong (out now)
This huge collection of photos by Nalinee Darmrong chronicles The Smiths during their peak years, 1985–1986, when Darmrong traveled with the band for the Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead tours. See many previously unpublished photos of the band backstage and onstage, set lists, handcrafted promo materials, letters, clothing, and much more.

Emotional Rescue: Essays on Love, Loss, and Life--With a Soundtrack by Ben Greenman (out 8/1)
This collection of short essays by New York Times bestselling author Ben Greenman is organized around a thematic playlist of songs. Emotional Rescue will definitely get you to think about the soundtrack to your life.

My Damage - Story of a Punk Rock Survivor by Keith Morris (out 8/30)
Hardcore icon Keith Morris (of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, OFF!, and FLAG) tells the story of his 40–year career with humor and character. He’s battled diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, and the record industry, and lives to tell.

The Girls by Emma ClineFiction:

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters (out now)
A mystery thriller set in a modern day alternate United States in which the Civil War never happened. This insightful novel examines slavery and our culture in a whole new light.

We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman (out now)
This fast-paced and funny novel follows a Midwestern divorced man through his move to New York and back home again as he looks to be reinvented.

The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline (out now)
This much-anticipated debut novel delves into the human psyche through the life of a lonely teenager looking for acceptance in dangerous places. A 1960's coming-of-age story like you've never read before.

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggars (out 7/26)
Eggars new novel is a darkly comedy about a mother who kidnaps her two children and goes on the lam through the Alaskan wilderness.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two by J. K. Rowling (out 7/31)
Based on an original new story by Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, this new play is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

Girl With the Back Tattoo by Amy SchumerNon-Fiction:

You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein (out now)
Comedian Jessi Klein's insightful and funny collection of essays about her relationship to modern femininity.

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (out now)
True crime account of matricide, childhood, cultural forces, and human capacity for change.

Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne (out now)
Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House.

Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (out 8/16)
Get up close and personal with comedian Amy Schumer in this collection of essays covering her teenage years, family, relationships, and sex. These are the experiences that have made her who she is -- one of the most courageous comedians out there today.


Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (out now) 
The inside dope on the show about nothing.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter (out now)
See the musical, listen to the soundtrack, and grab this gem to learn about the history of the show and the culture behind it.

Graphic Novels/Comics:

Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack (out now)
A sequel to the classic; a Tyler Durden for the new generation.

Patience by Daniel Clowes (out now)
Daniel Clowes transcends his considerable body of work with Patience, a show-stopping technicolor sci-fi love story.



Patience by Daniel Clowes

-- Audra

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