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Eight Anticipated July Reads



The List by Yomi Adegoke


Genre: Fiction


Themes: Internet Culture, Mystery, Relationships


Ola Olajide, a celebrated journalist at Womxxxn magazine, is set to marry the love of her life in one month’s time. Young, beautiful, and successful—she and her fiancé Michael are considered the “couple goals” of their social network and seem to have it all. That is, until one morning when they both wake up to the same message: “Oh my god, have you seen The List?”









Tiger Work by Ben Okri

Genre: Non-Fiction, Poetry, Fiction

Themes: Climate, Environment

Twenty thousand years after a catastrophe wiped out the human race, visitors uncover their final messages scattered across the planet, in flooded cities and disintegrating books. These writings reveal the tragedies of people who continued to live as they always did—fearfully, selfishly—even as the end of their world loomed.

These haunting stories within a story, together with a powerful selection of poems, fables, and essays, are a necessary reminder of the beauty of the earth and the importance of addressing the climate crisis with clarity, artistry, and passion.







Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

Genre: Fiction

Themes: Historical Fiction, Family, Crime

Ray Carney returns in Colson Whitehead’s saga which looks at Harlem through a 1970s lens.


Furniture store owner and ex-fence Ray Carney tries to keep his head down and his business thriving. His days moving stolen goods around the city are over. It’s strictly the straight-and-narrow for him — until he needs Jackson 5 tickets for his daughter May and he decides to hit up his old police contact Munson, fixer extraordinaire. But Munson has his own favours to ask of Carney and staying out of the game gets a lot more complicated – and deadly.



One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harris

Genre: Fiction

Themes: Romance, Southern stories, Adult themes

It's been eight years since Sara Lancaster left her home in Savannah, Georgia. Eight years since her daughter, Alana, came into this world, following a terrifying sexual assault that left deep emotional wounds Sara would do anything to forget. But when Sara's father falls ill, she's forced to return home and face the ghosts of her past.







Black Girl, No Magic - Kimberley McIntosh

Genre: Non-Fiction

Themes: Essays, Societal issues, Race, Family, Friendships

Kimberly McIntosh has lived a full life, with a loving family, messy friendships, mind-expanding travel and all-night parties. She’s also spent that life wondering why such opportunities aren’t always available to people who look like her. Stemming from years of social policy research and campaign work, this essay collection brings together all that Kimberly has learned; whether that’s dismantling the myth of social mobility for those who toe the line, to understanding why her teenage Facebook posts are quite so cringe.






bell hooks: The Last Interview by bell hooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Themes: Memoir, Feminism, Race, Gender

hooks’s unflinching dedication to her work carved deep grooves for the feminist and anti-racist movements. In this collection of 7 interviews, stretching from early in her career until her last interview, she discusses feminism, the complexity of rap music and masculinity, her relationship to Buddhism, the “politic of domination,” sexuality, and love and the importance of communication across cultural borders.








Soft Sweet, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell

Genre: Fiction

Themes: Music, Family, Relationships, Sexuality

It's 2013, and Circus Palmer, a forty-year-old Boston-based trumpet player and old-school ladies man, lives for his music, and refuses to be tied down. Before a gig in Miami, he learns that the woman who is secretly closest to his heart, the free-spirited drummer Maggie, is pregnant by him. He flees instead of facing the necessary conversation, setting off a chain of interlocking revelations from the various women in his life.






Their Vicious Games by Joelle Wellington

Genre: Fiction

Themes: Power, Class, Culture, Dystopia

Edgewater Academy is a school for the very rich and very powerful.


Adina Walker is neither of those things. Alone and outcast, when she gets into a fight with a fellow student (and former friend), her scholarship to a top college is revoked, and her world falls apart.


Until she's invited to The Finish.


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