August is a perfect month for reading because it is the last full month of summer before the sheer drop off into fall. That is, it combines the two best reasons to read: to pass the time, and to escape the present. It is basically equivalent to the interval between pulling the plug in the bathtub and the moment when the waterline dips below your body, exposing you to the cruel cold air of the world out there. It’s still warm; but the gurgling grows louder.
Here to introduce some fabulous new books this week—all perfect for August reading—is William Wordsworth: