I don’t know, it seems as if I just put up the August poll and here I am already reminding you that it’s coming down. Anyway, if you haven’t voted yet for the August book, don’t forget that the poll is open only until 11:59 p.m. ET this Sunday, July 24—just vote below. And if you missed the post in which Rob Sheffield answered everyone’s questions about Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, check it out here.
A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
Egan’s inventive time-shifting, music business–set work (is it a novel? a collection of short stories? everyone seems to have a different opinion) won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Just Kids, by Patti Smith
Though Smith’s National Book Award–winning memoir touches on her rock fame, it’s really a love letter to her soul mate Robert Mapplethorpe and the New York City of the ’60s and ’70s.
Your Voice in My Head, by Emma Forrest
British journalist Forrest’s own memoir describes a young life that had already jumped the tracks when she found herself reeling from both the loss of her beloved therapist and the end of an intense affair with a famed actor.
The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
McLain’s novel brings to life Jazz Age Paris and the famed expats who populated it, among them handsome, swaggering Ernest Hemingway and Hadley, his devoted, supportive (first) wife. Totally addictive.