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10 Best New Fiction and Non-Fiction Books to Read in July, Including Danny Trejo Memoirs, Mysteries and Thrillers, and ‘Subpar Parks’


If the summer heat pushes you indoors, you might want to grab one of these July versions. This month’s most intriguing new books include a mystery, a young adult sci-fi tale set in Texas, and a few memoirs. The offers could not be more different, except for their readability.

“Falling”, TJ Newman (Avid Reader Press, $ 28): This book could best be described as an airport thriller, but you probably won’t want to wrap it up for your next flight. This is a pilot who faces an impossible choice: to save the lives of his family members, who have been kidnapped, he must crash the plane he is piloting. “Falling” is Newman’s first novel; According to a New York Times profile, the former flight attendant worked on the book on long flights, writing scenes on cocktail napkins and other scrap paper. On sale Tuesday

“Appleseed”, Matt Bell (Custom House, $ 27.99): In his unclassifiable tale, which combines elements of mythology, science fiction and thrillers, Bell creates three fully realized worlds: a wild and untamed land where two unusual brothers plant apple trees, a country ruled by societies that fall into disrepair. and an icy planet. . In fact, it’s the same world – ours – at different times. We’re somewhere between heaven and a frozen tomb, going in the wrong direction. On sale July 13

“Fatal Family Ties,” SC Perkins (Minotaur Books, $ 26.99): This is the third novel “Ancestry Detective” by Texan author Perkins, which features Austin genealogist Lucy Lancaster, who solves mysteries straddling the past and present. Lancaster enjoys a lunch of pork and queso carnitas when she is roped by Camilla Braithwaite, a former colleague, in the case of a well-known Civil War veteran accused of desertion and cowardice in a magazine article by history. The former colleague wants the soldier’s name cleared because she is a descendant, and the case becomes urgent when another member of the Braithwaite family is murdered. On sale July 20

“You and Me at the End of the World”, Brianna Bourne (Scholastic Press, $ 18.99): Astrid doesn’t know why she’s looking both ways before crossing the street. There are no cars arriving, no one at all, not for five days in his hometown of Houston. But the heroine of this first novel for young adults follows the rules, both the ones she learned growing up and the ones she created to face the sudden emptiness that surrounds her. Then she meets Leo, possibly the sexiest (not to say only) boy in town, and all the rules could be broken. On sale July 20

“Not a Happy Family,” Shari Lapena (Pamela Dorman Books, $ 27): “Who killed a rich couple? Asks a title halfway through this domestic suspense story. It’s the same question bestselling author Lapena asks in a chilling prologue that reveals Fred and Sheila Merton lying dead in their Hudson Valley mansion in New York City: “Who would do such a thing?” Then she introduces the suspects, including Merton’s grown children, and lets the fun begin. On sale July 27

non-fictional works

“The Book of Comfort,” Matt Haig (Penguin Life, $ 22): Haig, author of the best-selling “The Midnight Library”, has compiled quotes, aphorisms, lists, short essays and even a recipe for peanut butter toast, which he says have been sources of comfort. when times are tough. So it’s not so much a book as a lifeline for this stormy time. A good example: “It’s easier to learn to be soaked and happy than to learn to stop the rain. On sale Tuesday

“Easy Crafts for Fools,” Kelly Williams Brown (GP Putnam’s Sons, $ 26): Simple handicrafts – embroidery, folding tiny origami stars – saved Brown by giving him a sense of accomplishment when nothing else was working in his life. A former journalist, she acquired a certain notoriety and fortune with a few books, “Adulting” and “Gracious”, but this success could not protect her when a series of disasters befallen: divorce, injuries, death in the family and the recurrence of depression that had been controlled with medication. The little stars – the book includes instructions for these and other items, like a charm bracelet for bad decisions – didn’t solve these problems, but they kept Brown going until she did. finally get the help she needed. (An aside: she too finds the word “adult” boring, even though she made it up.) On sale Tuesday

“Here’s your take on plants,” Michael Pollan (Penguin Press, $ 28): Pollan, who has made a name for himself writing about our twisted relationship with food, has had something else on his plate lately: drugs. He continues “How to Change Your Mind,” which focused on psychedelics, with a close look at three herbal drugs: opium, caffeine and mescaline. His practical research on the former got Pollan into legal trouble. On sale Tuesday

Danny Trejo in “Machete”.

Open road films

“Trejo”, Danny Trejo (Atria Books, $ 27): It’s possible that no one in Hollywood works harder than Danny Trejo – he’s racked up over 400 film credits since appearing as a boxer on “Runaway Train” in 1985. The “Machete” star and avowed San fan Antonio Spurs was 40 when he made his film debut, so he had some catching up to do. He had already overcome drug addiction and spent time in prison, where he became a boxing champion. It’s a life story, which Trejo tells with the help of his friend and fellow actor Donal Logue. On sale Tuesday

“Subpar Parks”, Amber Share (Plume, $ 22): National parks are very busy right now, so before planning a trip you might want to check out the reviews. That’s right, some people go online to review these natural wonders, and the reviews aren’t always good. Illustrator Share made a series of colorful and stylized posters based on the negative reviews of the park she found online – Carlsbad Caverns, one said, is “poorly lit and just plain” – and posted them on an Instagram account. This book brings together previously published and new illustrations from nearly 80 parks. Entries also include useful information about the parks and ranger stories. On sale July 13

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