Whether fiction or nonfiction or short- or long-form, the best of late-summer books are all variations of the theme of contemporary life; academics and debut novelists and internet-era social critics alike are training their lenses on small slices of modern existence. Here, a selection of the month's finest reading that's as entertaining as it is intellectually urgent.
‘Lights On, Rats Out’ By Cree LeFavour
The most insidious enemies we humans are ever made to confront are none other than those that attack us from within our own psyches. In her memoir of battling mental illness, Cree LeFavour uses the force of her blisteringly stark, mesmerizingly self-aware prose to not only unearth her own demons, but also equip the reader with the language to articulate our own as well.
Lights On, Rats Out by Cree Lefavour, $17 (USD), amazon.com on August 1.