July’s hot-off-the-press buzz-worthy books are by turns chilling, touching, intimate and evocative—just right for relaxing on a hot summer’s day.
Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way MEMOIR (APPETITE BY RANDOM HOUSE) BY KAMIN MOHAMMADI, $30.
Feeling lost, lonely, run-down and depressed in her life as an editor at a glossy London magazine, Kamin Mohammadi takes a leap of faith and moves to Florence for a year. With its colourful cast of characters (for instance, a plumber who teaches the author how to make a perfect pasta and a barista who becomes her love adviser), seasonal recipes straight from her Florentine friends and life lessons (such as the power of nonchalance, how to take a lover and how to never need the gym again), Bellafigura is a study in the fine Italian art of a life well lived.
The House Swap FICTION (DOUBLEDAY CANADA) BY REBECCA FLEET, $25.
Past sins come back to haunt struggling couple Caroline and Francis when they commit to a house swap as a weeklong holiday meant to breathe new life into their crumbling marriage. It seems the homeowner knows a little too much about the secrets the two have tried to hide.
All We Ever Wanted FICTION (DOUBLEDAY CANADA) BY EMILY GIFFIN, $32.
Nina and Tom live on opposite sides of Nashville’s proverbial tracks: She’s from the wealthy elite; he’s a single, blue-collar father. But their lives unexpectedly collide when their respective children, Finch and Lyla, end up as main players in an incident that incites rumour and speculation—and no shortage of finger pointing. While trying to unravel who’s to blame and what the repercussions are, Nina and Tom also work to keep their families from fracturing further.
I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You NONFICTION (MCLELLAND & STEWART) BY DAVID CHARIANDY, $20.
Canadian author David Chariandy’s touching letter to his 13-year-old daughter draws upon his personal experiences as a visible minority, as well as the history of his ancestors, to discuss race, racism and responsibility. This short book is intimate, heartfelt and important enough for us all to read.