10 New Must-Reads for August

Another month, another stack of books in our must read pile. For fiction addicts, we have an unusual amount of non-fiction on our list this month — maybe it’s an aftereffect of so much delicious (but oh so sugary) beach reading, or maybe it’s just that we can’t resist subjects as compelling as George Orwell’s diaries, Paul Auster’s memoir, and D.T. Max’s biography of David Foster Wallace. But don’t worry, we have plenty of novels and short stories this month as well, for a well-rounded month full of fine literature, fascinating lives, and some hilarious missives to boot. Click through to check out our list of the books we’re most excited about this August, and let us know which ones you’ve been itching to read in the comments.

Battleborn, Claire Vaye Watkins (August 2)

Battleborn may be Claire Vaye Watkins’s debut story collection, but it already feels like an age-old classic written by a master of the form. The stories, which span the length of Watkins’s home state of Nevada in brothels, movie sets, ghost towns, and open desert, feel fierce and clean and bottomless, blistering building blocks in the new mythology of the American West. Bonus: read our recent interview with Watkins here.