The July Notables fiction list includes a unique portrait of modern-day Israel in The Debba (Other Press), a fascinating look at nineteenth-century New York City through the eyes of various “curiosities” who perform in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno (Holt), and a compelling depiction of family and friendship in the face of tragedy in Red Hook Road (Doubleday).
In nonfiction, titles range from an exploration of the evolution of artificial light from the Ice Age to today in Brilliant (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), to the harrowing tale of cave exploration and the quest to discover the deepest place on earth in Blind Descent (Random House), as well as a look at the epic history of the fur trade in America in Fur, Fortune, and Empire (W.W. Norton).
Mystery lovers will rejoice in the return of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, as he works to solve The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing (Simon & Schuster). Also returning to the page is Police Chief Kate Burkholder, who is faced with what at first appears to be a case of murder/suicide in Ohio’s Amish country, only to discover a more sinister reality, in Pray for Silence (Minotaur).