It’s been a hot summer for new releases, but things are really heating up as we approach the Labor Day weekend. Check out some of our top picks for exciting new titles you won’t want to miss over the long weekend. These are the seven books to read over Labor Day weekend.
Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins
New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins’s latest novel is all about body image and self-acceptance, in a story told through long-time weight-loss campers and best friends Emerson, Georgia and Marley. When Emerson tragically passes away, Georgia and Marley work to carry out her dying wish while facing their greatest fears in life.
The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Set just before the Great Depression, 25-year-old Clara is teaching at the Grand Central School of Art with the dreams of one day illustrating cover art for Vogue. Nearly 50 years later, Virginia Clay stumbles upon the abandoned art school within the terminal and finds a watercolor hidden under the dust. The discovery sets her life on a new trajectory, igniting a passion she didn’t know was within.
A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
Scarlett Chen, a pregnant Chinese immigrant, makes her way into an underground maternity home in Los Angeles – a place of bitter medicinal stews and imperious housemates. But when a new sonogram of the baby reveals the unexpected, she attempts to flee. Little does she know, she’s carrying a stowaway in the van she’s stolen, and the man who fathered her unborn child is hot on her trail.
If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
When the communist-backed army invades her home, 16-year-old Haemi Lee, her widowed mother and ailing brother are forced into a refugee camp. As Haemi becomes a wife, then a mother, she makes a heartfelt decision that sets off a dramatic saga – one that has profound consequences for generations to come.
The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
Dores is a nine-year-old orphan, assigned to work in the kitchen at a 1930’s Brazilian sugar plantation. Graça is the daughter of the wealthy sugar baron, spoiled, and wildly mischievous. When the two meet, it is an instant friendship forged over their shared love for shenanigans and music. As life leads the two in pursuit of stardom, readers follow along with the love, life and losses that occur along the way.
Adequate Yearly Progress by Roxanna Elden
There are some great teachers at Brae Hill Valley, a struggling high school in one of Texas’s biggest cities. But the personas they maintain in class are far different from those of their personal lives. Workplace romance, life struggles and the desire to be seen all lead to a fallout that will shake up the teachers’ lives both inside and outside the classroom.
Severance by Ling Ma
When a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York City, Candace Chen barely notices. She’s a creature of habit and maintains her routine of long hours at work. When she realizes she’s the last employee standing, she hits the streets, photographing the empty city. That’s when she meets a cast of other survivors and discovers they have what they need to start all over again.