Hot Reads

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.

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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.

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