As summer winds down, a new crop of cheap(er) reads is hitting shelves, most in time for Labor Day; you can also download them, since their digital prices have dropped too


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1. Golden Boy
Abigail Tarttelin
Max Walker, 15, is smart, good-looking, and popular — and his coming-of-age tale is complicated by the fact that he was born with both male and female genitalia, which his parents would like to keep a secret.

2. The Unknown Bridesmaid
Margaret Forster
In this finely crafted novel, a prickly middle-aged child psychologist grapples with the fallout from her own troubled girlhood.

3. An Event in Autumn
Henning Mankell
Mankell’s melancholy novella — his last starring Kurt Wallander — comes with an afterword by the author about the creation of his famous detective.

4. The Birth of Korean Cool
Euny Hong
”Gangnam Style” was the tip of the iceberg. Hong shows how, in just a few decades, South Korea has become a cutting-edge pop powerhouse.

5. Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay
Feisty, whip-smart essays on gender, sexuality, and race.

6. American Blonde
Jennifer Niven
The golden age of Hollywood comes alive in Niven’s fourth book to feature sassy 1940s heroine Velva Jean, now a movie star.

7. Bleeding Edge
Thomas Pynchon
Pynchon’s playful digital-age mystery bristles with humor and pop culture references.

8. Floating City
Sudhir Venkatesh
Forget Wall Street — it’s the illegal underground economy that really makes New York City hum, as Venkatesh proves in his fascinating sociological dissection.

9. The O. Henry Prize Stories
Edited by Laura Furman
This collection of last year’s best short fiction is packed with great essays by the O. Henry judges, who write about their favorites.

10. Falling Upwards
Richard Holmes
The Victorian era, literature, and science are beautifully intertwined in a history of hot-air ballooning.

Bleeding Edge

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  • Thomas Pynchon
  • Penguin