18 Best Books to Read This Month
Discover this month's must-read titles, including a hilarious tell-all chronicling a comedic actress's bumpy ride to adulthood, a doctor's tale about Christianity leading him to perform abortions, and more.
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When it feels like you're living in a dystopia, post-apocalyptic literature sometimes makes sense of the world in a way that nothing else can. This may explain the return of George Orwell's 1984
to best-seller lists, as well as the emergence of the commanding new literary category cli-fi, which uses inventive stories to tackle the very real threat of climate change. This month two stunning novels join the growing canon.
In American War
, the debut novel by journalist Omar El Akkad, the divide between blue and red states has escalated gruesomely into the Second American Civil War. In a not-distant-enough future, the South has mutinied against the North's ban on fossil fuel, as scores of refugees flee rising violence and sea levels. One of the displaced is Sarat Chestnut, a girl who over the course of the novel transforms from victim into weapon, as societal collapse takes its final toll on a child's soul.
— Michele Filgate & Natalie Beach