Top 5 New Book Releases in August 2018

Still looking to get some reading in before the summer is over? These great August book releases are set to hit shelves this month. From journalistic non-fiction to memoir and fictional narrative, these books offer intriguing insights into their subject matter.

Most Anticipated New Books in August 2018

Ticker: The Quest To Create An Artificial Heart
Release date: August 7, 2018

Ticker by Mimi SwartzWritten by Texas Monthly Executive Editor Mimi SwartzTicker follows the career of heart surgeon O.H. “Bud” Frazier and his goal to create an artificial human heart. With information from personal interviews with Frazier and others, as well as medical journals and books, Swartz has created a nonfiction book that is both informative and creative. While the book mostly focuses on Frazier’s work at the Texas Heart Institute, it also provides a background history of heart surgery, a field which was created amidst World War II.

No stranger to investigative journalism, Swartz is also the author (along with Sherron Watkins) of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron.


An Audience Of One: Reclaiming Creativity For Its Own Sake
Release date: August 7, 2018

An Audience of One by Srinivas RaoFrom the host of podcast “The Unmistakable Creative,” Srinivas Rao’s latest book emphasizes the importance of enjoying the creative process. Rao argues that focusing too much on what others think of your work is harmful to self esteem. Instead, he states that focusing first on creating something you are truly proud of and not worrying about others’ opinions will, seemingly paradoxically, cause your audience to grow.

Rao’s podcast features interviews with artists, entrepreneurs, authors, and more whose lifestyles revolve around creativity.



If You Leave Me
Release date: August 7, 2018

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana KimThe winner of PEN America’s Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and several other awards, Crystal Hana Kim’s first full length novel arrives this August. Set during the Korean War, If You Leave Me has elements of traditional romance, but becomes a deeper examination of the effects of war, the struggles of refugees, and women’s autonomy. It was named a “must-read” new book by Entertainment Weekly.

Kim is the Director of Writing Instruction at the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, a non-profit that focuses on assisting high school students from low income backgrounds. Her previous work has been published in literary outlets including The Washington Post, Literary Hub, and Nylon.


Why The Best Are The Best: 25 Powerful Words That Impact, Inspire, And Define Champions
Release date: August 10, 2018

Why The Best Are The Best by Kevin EastmanWidely considered one of the top basketball coaches in recent history, Kevin Eastman shares insights into what drives performance – for athletes, teams, and even businesses. Eastman worked with the Boston Celtics for several years and experienced both an NBA championship win and loss with the team. These experiences provide the framework for his book, as well as strategies to overcome adversity and move past setbacks. The foreword is written by LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Overall, Eastman worked in coaching for over forty years, training both collegiate and professional athletes to be their best. Eastman is now a popular keynote speaker for leadership and team-building events.


Locked In: The Will To Survive And The Resolve To Live
Release date: August 28, 2018

Locked In by Victoria ArlenA moving memoir, Victoria Arlen’s Locked In tells the story of her childhood illness and subsequent recovery. At the age of 11, Arlen was diagnosed with a rare viral disease that impacted her ability to walk, talk, and eat. Despite losing the use of her legs for almost a decade, Arlen went on to become a Paralympics champion, winning one gold and three silver medals in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Currently, Arlen is a television personality on ESPN, and has reported for many of their programs, including covering the EPSY Awards Show, the X-Games, and the Invictus Games. She was cast in Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars in 2017, where she went on to become a semi-finalist.


Other New August Book Releases:

  • The Reservoir Tapes
    Written by Jon McGregor, Youngest-Ever Booker Prize Long-Listed Author
    August 7, 2018
  • Dopesick
    Written by Beth Macy, Journalist and Bestselling Author
    August 7, 2018
  • All Happy Families
    Written by Jeanne McCulloch, Former Managing Editor of The Paris Review
    August 14, 2018
  • Attention
    Written by Joshua Cohen, Novelist and Short Story Writer
    August 14, 2018
  • A River of Stars
    Written by Vanessa Hua, Award-Winning Journalist
    August 14, 2018
  • WorkParty
    Written by Jaclyn Johnson, Founder and CEO of Create & Cultivate
    August 21, 2018
  • Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence 
    Written by Daniel Siegel, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCLA
    August 21, 2018
  • Ohio 
    Written by Stephen Markley, Debut Novelist
    August 21, 2018
  • Praise Song for the Butterflies
    Written by Bernice L. McFadden, NAACP Award-Winning Novelist
    August 28, 2018


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