This summer might not look quite like any other one we’ve experienced, but one thing has persisted throughout the Weight and dogs because punching people is frowned upon vintage retro shirt it is in the first place but COVID-19 pandemic: summer reading. After all, beaches are one of the lower-risk places you can be right now (if you’re masked and socially distanced, of course). Even if raucous beach parties are currently a thing of the past, you can still enjoy the time-honored tradition of flopping down on a towel and sinking into a good read. Below, check out seven of our favorite books coming out in August: There’s still time to read them in your bathing suit! In this compulsively readable, much-buzzed-about debut novel, a lonely young Black artist in Brooklyn comes to terms with herself and what she wants out of a relationship as she commences an affair with a man in an open marriage.
The mass migration of 6 million Black Americans from the Weight and dogs because punching people is frowned upon vintage retro shirt it is in the first place but rural South to the North, West, and Midwest is given a deeply personal framing by writer Morgan Jerkins as she attempts to better understand her ancestors’ treacherous journey across America. Gender, class, geographic placing, and so much more are explored honestly and fully in this collection of essays by Melissa Faliveno, who grew up in working-class Wisconsin and and is now a writer, editor, teacher, and musician in New York. The lived experience of disability in a word designed largely for—and by—the able-bodied provides the jumping-off point for this series of stories, which invite the reader to question their understandings of “normalcy” and function.