LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 August titles public library staff across the country love:
You Had Me at Hola: A Novel by Alexis Daria (Avon, $15.99, 9780062959928). "This romance by a RITA award-winning writer is a sizzling hot and fun ode to soap operas. Jasmine, a soap opera actor, and Ashton, a telenovela actor, have been cast on a popular TV show that catapults each of them to stardom. They quickly give in to temptation and indulge in a torrid affair that means more to them than either wants to admit. When the paparazzi expose a shocking secret, Jasmine is forced to reevaluate the trust she put in Ashton, and he must to come to grips with his traumatic past. Firmly rooted in Latinx culture, this novel covers issues of language, colorism, and identity while also managing to be upbeat, entertaining, and super-steamy. Recommended for fans of Take a Hint, Dani Brown, Something to Talk About, and Not the Girl You Marry." --Migdali Jimenez, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Ill.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House, $32, 9780593230251). "A magisterial overview of how caste has been implemented in three different places. This is an important look at how the U.S., Nazi Germany, and India implemented caste and how it affects each country. Don't think that this is a dry academic read; Wilkerson is a genius with words and incorporates her own experiences throughout the book. For readers of Stamped and The New Jim Crow." --Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, Va.
The Exiles: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline (Custom House, $27.99, 9780062356345). "In her extremely readable fashion, Kline has created another masterpiece of historical fiction. This time she takes readers on a journey from England to Australia, where prisoners were exiled in the 19th century. The riveting story becomes personal as Kline engages readers in the individual stories of the enslaved women. Perfect for book groups and fans of Lisa Wingate and Kristin Hannah." --Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Library, Lake Mills, Wis.
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor, $26.99, 9781250313225). "This follow-up to Gideon the Ninth is a fantastic gothic mystery, peopled with aristocrats vying to be the Undying Emperor's new Lyctor. Muir switches up the POV, and because Harrow's body and mind are failing her, she's an unreliable narrator. The story moves around in time, so when events from the first book are revisited, the perspective changes. And there's still that looming, unwinnable battle. A rare and beautiful gem for fans of The City We Became and Dune." --Laura Eckert, Clermont County Public Library, Milford, Ohio
The Night Swim: A Novel by Megan Goldin (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, 9781250219688). "The author has expertly woven the stories of two crimes that occurred in a small town 25 years apart. Rachel, an investigative podcast reporter, is covering the trial of a young man accused of the latest crime. While there, she is pulled into the past by the earlier victim's sister, Hannah, who has been haunted by it for a very long time. For fans of Then She Was Gone and Sometimes I Lie." --Debbie Lease, Hillsdale Public Library, Hillsdale, N.J.
No Offense: A Novel by Meg Cabot (Morrow, $15.99, 9780062890078). "In the second book in the Little Bridge Island series, we meet Molly, a children's librarian who is new to the island, and John, the newly installed island sheriff. Their lives become intertwined when Molly finds a newborn baby in the library bathroom and the two work to find the mother. For readers who enjoy It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis and The Best Man by Kristan Higgins." --Laura Hanson, Waukee Public Library, Waukee, Iowa
The Silent Wife by Karen Slaughter (Morrow, $28.99, 9780062858108). "A brilliantly conceived story about a psychopath that preys on young women and a chance encounter that turns up a connection to another series of unsolved murders years back. A fast-paced, suspenseful thriller for fans of the Kick Lannigan series." --Paul Lane, Palm Beach County Library, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf, $28.95, 9781524733452). "Angie runs her own business, Discreet Captures, in Palm Beach, Florida where she traps and relocates wildlife. She receives a call from the caretaker of a local estate about a giant python and manages to remove the snake without offending party guests. But what happened to Kiki Pew, the wealthy hostess who seems to have vanished from the event? For fans of satirical thrillers and Florida." --Linda Tilden, Mt. Laurel Public Library, Mt. Laurel, N.J.
The Switch: A Novel by Beth O'Leary (Flatiron, $16.99, 9781250769862). "Finding herself with a two-week sabbatical from work, Leeana and her grandmother Eileen decide to switch homes for the duration. In London, Eileen starts an affair and builds friendships across generations. In a Yorkshire village, Leena learns how her grandmother is the center of village activity and takes on all Eileen's projects. For fans of Evie Drake Starts Over and The Love Story of Missy Charmichael." --Paula Pergament, Lincolnwood Public Library, Lincolnwood, Ill.
Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim (Berkley, $16, 9781984803276). "Vanessa is an accountant with the power of clairvoyance. She travels to a tea shop in Paris to learn to control her predictions with the help of her Aunt Evelyn. There, she finds a new purpose by connecting the people around her and just might find true love for herself. Sweet, romantic, and cozy. For readers who enjoyed Number One Chinese Restaurant and Kitchens of the Great Midwest." --Douglas Beatty, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, Md.