Termite Parade By Joshua Mohr,
Three narrators combine to tell the story of how one violent
incident, as well as love and passion and all that, affected their
To Sound in the Know: Mohr also sings in a band called Damn
Handsome & the Birthday Suits.
Finny By Justin Kramon, out July 13
tale follows the life of a 14-year-old girl who gets shipped off to
boarding school where she encounters characters
with names like Menalcus Henckel and Poplan.
To Sound in the Know:
Kramon is a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop and has
written for the amazingly titled quarterly Glimmer Train.
Red Hook Road By Ayelet
Waldman, out July 13
Upper-class Manhattan and bluecollar Maine come
together in this story of family and tragedy.
To Sound in the Know:
Waldman, the author of nine other novels, is famously and obnoxiously
married to Michael Chabon. Their children have read
more books than you.
Savages: A Novel By Don Winslow, out July 13
Two Laguna Beach pot
dealers get tied up with a Mexican drug cartel. Violence, morbid humor
To Sound in the Know: Oliver Stone has already signed on to
direct the film version of this story; here’s hoping he can get Kristin
Cavallari to joint the cast.
The Surf Guru By Doug Dorst, out July 15
A short story
collection from the man who penned 2008’s highly acclaimed novel Alive
To Sound in the
Know: Dorst’s first novel had two epigraphs, one by Joseph Conrad and
the other by Hanson. Yeah, “MmmBop” Hanson.
Talking to Girls about
Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut By
Rob Sheffield, out July 15
A music journalist looks back at his
adolescent stumblings in the ’80s, when Duran Duran ruled his days and
girls eluded him.
To Sound in the Know: The Brooklynbased writer is
currently a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, so something
went right for him.
Sad True Love Story By Gary Shytengart, out July 27
In this satire, a
middle-aged Russian- American falls in love with a coquettish
Korean-American girl in a dystopian New York where people with enough
money live indefinitely.
To Sound in the Know: Shytengart is member of the New Yorker’s much
discussed “20 Under 40” list (a part of this novel appeared in an issue
of the magazine), which has inspired either admiration or rabid
jealousy depending on what kind of person you are.