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11 new books to read right now.

Katie Yee

February 28, 2023, 4:34am

We’re getting out of the winter blues, you guys! The sun is setting later and later, and you know what that means: more daylight hours for reading books.


Priya Guns, Your Driver is Waiting

Priya Guns, Your Driver Is Waiting

“A retelling of the movie Taxi Driver featuring a ride-share driver? An incredible premise for a novel that explores work, class, and solidarity (or the lack thereof).”
–The Millions

liliana's invincible summer

Cristina Rivera Garza, Liliana’s Invincible Summer

“Cristina Rivera Garza wanted to shed light on the life of her sister, killed 30 years ago. Her book, part of a larger call for justice by women in Mexico, helped locate the suspect … [Liliana’s Invincible Summer] is the record of a woman who, against the odds, refuses to be forgotten.”
–The New York Times


Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Quiet

“Clever and capacious … Bulley’s collection may begin quietly, but by the end her voice is clearly heard.”

the unfortunates

J. K. Chukwu, The Unfortunates

“[A] playful, powerful debut … While her inner life can be stormy, there are glimmers of catharsis, too, especially in the bond she feels with her late aunt.”
–The New York Times

nothing is lost

Cloé Medhi, tr. Howard Curtis, Nothing Is Lost

“[Cloé Mehdi] showcases a brutal talent, shocking her reader with a harsh and uncompromising narrative style.”
–Culture Chronique

samantha shannon

Samantha Shannon, A Day of Fallen Night

“This is expansive, emotionally complex, and bound to suck you in.”

an autobiography of skin

Lakiesha Carr, An Autobiography of Skin

“An immersive journey … this novel features women you’ll want to fight for—three generations whose very survival hinges on struggle not just with the men in their lives but the very flesh and skin they are living in.”
–Oprah Daily

Susanne Wedlich, tr. Ayca Turkoglu, Slime: A Natural History
(Melville House)

Slime is Susanne Wedlich’s lively scientific study that underscores the importance of the slimy life forms and inert viscous interfaces that enervate the biosphere … a meditative and rewarding work.”
–Foreword Reviews

Reginald Dwayne Betts, Titus Kaphar, Redaction

Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, Redaction
(W. W. Norton)

“[A] brilliant and original condemnation of racial injustice.”
–Publishers Weekly

empress of the nile

Lynne Olson, Empress of the Nile
(Random House)

“The author provides a fine account of Desroches-Noblecourt’s long, distinguished career. An expert biography.”


Janina Ramirez, Femina
(Hanover Square Press)

“Throughout, Ramirez’s adept scene-setting segues gracefully into deeper considerations of these women’s lives and work. This feminist history fascinates.”
–Publishers Weekly


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