The 5 best new thrillers and mysteries to read in August

(Soho Crime; Blackstone; William Morrow)
(Soho Crime; Blackstone; William Morrow)
Shari Lapena and Karin Slaughter are among the authors delivering satisfying suspense.
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Napoleon Bonaparte, gardener? Yes, says a new book, the dictator found solace in the natural world

“Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows” and “Empire’s Eagles: The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America” show unexpected sides of the military upstart

Paula Caplan, psychologist who challenged sexism in her profession, dies at 74

She assailed patriarchal assumptions, such as the tendency to blame mothers for their children’s problems, in her campaign to improve mental health care for women.

Washington Post hardcover bestsellers

A snapshot of popular books.
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What does it mean to be a ‘horse girl’? It’s more than a silly kid who wants a pony.

In the new book “Horse Girls,” a diverse group of writers — including Jane Smiley and Carmen Maria Machado — explore the human-equine bond.
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Deborah Copaken never wanted to be ‘Shutterbabe.’ Her new memoir is on her terms.

“Ladyparts” is an incisive take on the impact of misogyny on health care, divorce, solo motherhood and more.
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Roberto Calasso, Italian writer of dazzling erudition, dies 80

Known as one of his country’s foremost intellectuals, he also presided over the influential publishing house Adelphi Edizioni.
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The 3 best new audiobooks to listen to in August

For your playlist: A Vietnam memoir, a well-paced mystery and a sweeping tale of Purdue Pharma’s misdeeds.
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Alexander Vindman on Trump’s Ukraine call — and the unexpected consequences

The former staffer thought others would be outraged by what he’d heard. He was wrong.
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‘Damnation Spring’ beautifully explores the human cost of environmental damage

Ash Davidson’s debut novel delves into the complex relationship among people who love the trees that are also their livelihood.
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Anthony Veasna So’s ‘Afterparties’ is a bittersweet testament to the late author’s talents

The short story collection infuses tales of inherited trauma with humor and snark.
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