10 Must-Read Books for August

waltersmultiplyMultiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal, Wendy S. Walters, (Sarabande Books, August 11)

Perhaps the book this year that best aligns itself with Kenneth Burke’s idea of stories as “equipment for living,” Walter’s Multiply/Divide bends the boundaries of fiction, nonfiction, and lyrical essay, while at the same time crossing osmotically through the hyper-realities of American life — especially those guiding matters of race and gender.