July Speed Reads

Written by Jeff Cretan on . Posted in Books, Posts.

books_beauty.jpgEverything Beautiful Began After By Simon Van Booy, out now 

Three young and lost people arrive separately in Athens, but come together in their searching for a summer that will change their lives forever.

To Sound in the Know: This is the debut novel from the Welsh-born New Yorker, whose story collection Love Begins in Winter won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

A Death in Summer By Benjamin Black, out now 

Diamond Dick blows his head off with a shotgun—or does he? Find out in the latest noir mystery from the Irish crime master.

To Sound in the Know: This is Man Booker Prize-winner John Banville’s fourth novel writing under his pseudonym.

Inside Scientology By Janet Reitman, out now

This delving inside the world of Scientology might not have entire access to the truth (who does besides High Priest Cruise?), but it’ll have enough deep digging to keep everyone talking.

To Sound in the Know: The book is born from Reitman’s 2006 Rolling Stone story about the controversial religion.

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History By Ben Mezrich, out July 12 

A NASA intern realizes that the moon rocks being discarded after being used in experiments might have another value—and he could be just the one to make a fortune from them.

To Sound in the Know: Mezrich’s last book, The Accidental Billionaires, was the basis for the movie The Social Network. It won’t be long before you’re munching popcorn to a big-screen version of this one, too.

The Devil All the Time By Donald Ray Pollock, out July 12

Violence, both in the name of justice and lawlessness, pulses through this novel set in mid-20th-century Ohio and West Virginia.

To Sound in the Know: Pollock enrolled at a creative writing program when he was 50—and sold his first story collection (Knockemstiff) while still in school.

books_griff.jpgThe Griff By Christopher Moore, out July 19

Comic novelist Moore teams up with screenwriter Ian Corson on this graphic novel about an alien invasion being pushed against by a trio of feisty New Yorkers in an epic battle that stretches from Manhattan to Orlando.

To Sound in the Know: Moore has written 12 novels (Lamb, You Suck) and Corson directed Malicious, a 1996 Molly Ringwald movie. We hadn’t heard of it either.

Rules of Civility By Amor Towles, out July 26 

A young Wall Street secretary in late 1930s Manhattan is granted access to an unparalleled social world and all of the trappings those lofty heights bear.

To Sound in the Know: This is the debut novel from Towles, who in his “other” life is a principal at a Manhattan investment firm. A finance guy who can write? Look out, Michael Lewis.