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the Type Books reading list for July 2014


An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
This debut novel about a Haitian American woman kidnapped for ransom might just be one of the most powerful things you read this year. Warning: buy a hanky too.

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
If your mother and father each called and told you the other was dangerous and crazy, who would you believe? The author of Child 44 latest asks a tough question, and delivers a thrilling answer.

The Griffin Poetry Prize 2014 Anthology 
Read a selection of the 2014 shortlist for one of the world’s most prestigious poetry prizes, edited by 2014 prize juror Robert Bringhurst.

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman
Thirty-something Tooly is forced to question the many unexplained events of her childhood in this highly anticipated follow up to The Imperfectionsists. A terrific read sure to be a hot summer seller. 

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
The nailbiting follow-up to psychological thriller The Dinner, the finger of suspicion points not to a family member this time, but to the family doctor. 

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Family tensions bubble over on a two-week vacation in Mallorca, in this smart, witty beach read.

Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets. Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
 A man seeking answers resorts to the only method he knows, and a NASA astronaut finds himself held captive inside an abandoned military base.

Carsick by John Waters  
Find out what happens when a cult legend sticks out his thumb and hitchhikes across America.

Go Go City Guides
The places to see and be seen in a city can change FAST. Avoid any embarrassing “oh em gee I can’t believe you went there” situations with these up-to-the-minute guides to Paris and London that are brand new for summer 2014.

New York Food Maps
Know where your next best ramen is coming from! These maps to NYC’s best doughnuts, ramen and burgers are a must to tote in your carry-on.


A Mouthful of Stars by Kim Sunée
The food editor's first cookbook is a delicious collection of personal favourites from her world travels.

Ample Hills Creamery 
Brooklyn’s favourite ice-cream shop shares its secrets (maple ice cream with bacon bark?!) and some stories too. 

Summer Food 
'Tis the season for eating under a clear-blue summer sky. Paul Lowe & co offer up some simple summer classics with great food photography on every page.

Under the Shade of Olive Trees by Nadia Zerouali and Merijn Tol
100 recipes that tell the story of the land and its people from the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean coast.

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson
A bulldog puppy trades places with a poodle to learn that appearances are only skin deep and you can grow up to be whatever you want to be in this charming story of two puppy families.

The Numberlys by William Joyce and Christina Ellis
To begin with, there were only numbers. Then five friends decided to start a new kind of order… The Numberlys is part alphabet book, part stick-it-to-the-system story, beautifully illustrated and charmingly told.


The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
A girl in 19th century Boston discovers a map can be dangerous when she finds herself on a quest to rescue her kidnapped cartographer uncle in this fast-paced, fantastical novel.

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern 
11-year-old Maggie Mayfield has big plans and high hopes, but first she needs to fix her family. A funny and poignant debut novel about growing up.

Three Bird Summer by Sara St. Antoine
Summer at Grandma’s rustic cabin becomes a bigger adventure than Adam bargained for in this novel about new summer friendships and old summer secrets.


This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
An annual summer trip to the cottage brings a big change for two summer friends in this brilliant new graphic novel for teens.