Twenty recommended books to enjoy in August

Victor Kandel

A perfect crime is not a crime committed without leaving a trace,” as the narrator defends
The Alaska Sanders caseThis summer’s bestseller is a novel in which Joel Decker relives the characters of The Truth About Harry Kuipert Affair. But the date does not end here. “It is precisely the[perfect crime]that gives investigators a bone to nibble on and leads them to suspect the wrong person,” he adds. The same goes for the reader. Decker presented the printing press with a maze of traps, time-jumps and false characters for his followers to try to guess who the culprit was. Writer Marcus Goldman—the protagonist of that first book with which Decker sold an average of 1,200 copies in Spain each day in the summer of 2013—met Inspector Gahalawood again.

Together they will investigate the murder of Alaska Sanders, whose body was found by a lake when devoured by a bear. It’s the starting point for this summer’s bestselling book. But bookshops are full of reading suggestions, titles launched during this now-ending season that guarantee good reading times on beaches, deck chairs, patios, pools and cool August nights.

If Decker explores murder from pure fiction, Graeme McRae Burnett plays the wrong one
“clinical case”. As he did in the movie A Bloody Plan, the Scottish writer turns to purported real documents to root out a conspiracy plot. The starting point are five notebooks written by a woman who visited years ago (in the fall of 1965) a psychiatrist famous for his books. Among them, a case in which he had real cases of patients, despite changing identities to avoid lawsuits. But this woman believes that in one of those stories she recognizes the story of her sister, who committed suicide by throwing herself on the railway tracks. She is convinced that it was the psychiatrist who pushed her to suicide and that’s why she now decided to go to his office to unmask him, not knowing that this would affect her mental health.

The third approach to crime is that proposed by Nicolas Lagiogia, which investigates the horror of pure reality.
City of neighborhoods It is an impressive journalistic work that, with the pulse of “thriller”, recreates a crime that shocked Italian society. A young man is found dead (stabbed and stabbed) in an apartment in Rome. Two people were arrested: Marco Prato, known for his PR on the Night of the Romans, and Manuel Vuvo, the son of a family of businessmen, who confessed to the murder. In the background, a story of drugs, prostitution and abuse of power. The case is brutal. Structure, addiction The writer resorts to two strategies to enrich the text. The first is the use of Rome as a symbol: a beautiful, romantic and attractive city in the shop window hides dead mice among the ruins of the Colosseum. Thus people under their calm and deceptive appearance can hide the horror. The second, it seems, is a fictional character: a Dutch tourist starring in one of the writers’ strongest roles.

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This journalistic breath, but confronts other kinds, is present in August’s most eye-catching headlines. Manuel Gaboa collects his articles in
“There are more pods in good night”, a compilation in which social and sporting events, humor and reality page coexist, with sad remnants in the background and frequent criticism of the most hypocritical behaviour. “I didn’t learn to think, but I learned to ask myself better questions,” Gabwa says.

Writer and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally or Something to Remember) condescends in
‘I don’t remember anything’ A collection of texts detailing his journalistic adventure (an incredible vision of a job he loved) before he hit the cinema. “I loved the local section room. I loved the speed. Liked the delivery times. I loved that yesterday’s newspaper was used to wrap the fish.”

This newspaper – on paper and its digital boom – is the centerpiece
‘Newspaper’an article in which Maria Ramirez explores the last 25 years of a career that has turned tech and had to face competition from social networks and attacks from “fake news”.

Merton, literary critic who participates in
The last time’Novelist by Guillermo Martinez. His excessive honesty got him fired, but now he just received an unexpected assignment: to review the latest novel by a famous writer on the verge of death. The preference, companionship, and vengeance of the literary world fly over this piece that reflects whether writing is capable and sufficient to reliably reflect desires and ideas.

The stage as the main hero

Library windows presents three narratives where the place becomes the main protagonist of the story. The mountain and the forest are the spirit of “Wolf’s Happiness”, in which the writer will find peace, inspiration and love in an alpine lodge. A small town, also in Italy, near Florence, is the setting for ‘The Materassi Sisters’, by Aldo Palazzeschi, where seamstresses, already in their fifties, had to leave their fingers and eyes on pants and underwear to get his family out of the ruin they They were judged by his father. His quiet life will change with the arrival of his young nephew. Another scenario is the mysterious, half-completed urbanization suggested by Rosa Ribas in ‘Lejos’, an artifact in which three characters live at that distance of flight or desertion.

“Philosophy of Life: Not Giving Morja”. This is what Melina Busquets stands for
‘correct words’, a diary filled with flashy phrases and reflections (on perfume, style, or writing) over the course of the year (2021) with the pandemic in the background and a crush creeping into everyday life. Covid is also a mattress
Ash RiverWhere Raphael Rigg tells the story of an old man who enters a nursing home after suffering a stroke… and has to live with his memories and the disease and epidemic that threatens to destroy everything.

More writing testimonials. It is the main breath of
“Goodbye little girl” A text in which Máximo Huerta describes those last moments of childhood that are still present in adult life, escaping forever in the face of a mother’s illness and old age. This is the cry of a son who wonders what his life will be like now that his mother’s death is “more presence than speculation.”

This relationship with the sick parent is also at the bottom
extermination, the last artifact of Michel Halbeck. Here the writer is following an advisor to a minister who has all the votes to become the next president of France. A country, in the very near future, with high unemployment rates, a collapsing middle class and Renault on the verge of bankruptcy, sandwiched between high-end and ultra-cheap cars. In this context, Paul, this advisor, has to face a complex family situation: his father has had a stroke, he is in a coma, and the protagonist faces an unexpected frailty.

The parent number is the key in
‘foreign son’Search diaries. Eduardo Berti travels to Romania to find the home where his father, a man of Jewish descent who fled to Argentina before World War II, changed his name and forged a new identity, was born. Years later, Bertie explores the city where his father grew up, and confronts reality with those (not always true) stories he was told as a child.

That childhood and early youth is the narrative material that nourishes it
certain crabby Guillermo Aguirre and
“Private Children’s Reserve”, by Paco Thomas. The first offers a closer look at those early ’90s teen years, in full implementation of Logse, with some cute kids, just out of elementary school, sharing a yard with 18-year-old types in high school: a novel about how they faded Childhood is in full swing in complex contexts. In the second title, Thomas, now an adult, returns to the family home for Christmas. He evokes a childhood destroyed by bullying and meets a mother who didn’t know how to accompany her gay son.

A mother’s doubts creep in about whether she will do the best for her son
‘Heroines are afraid too’, which won Valeria Alonso the Ateneo de Valladolid, is a physical, fun, and exciting book about pregnancy and motherhood. The female look is the key
‘iron’, where Lucía Lijtmaer suggests a cross story. On one side are two historical figures from the 17th century, Deborah Moody and Anne Hutchinson. On the other hand, a contemporary woman escapes Barcelona and settles in Madrid to live without the shackles of the love that kept her abolished for so long.

And for the end, transform in an almost appetizing form. recover the north
Book seller A short story by Roald Dahl, featuring a rogue bookseller who has set up a ruthless racket to deceive his customers.

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