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12 new books hitting shelves this week.

Katie Yee

November 30, 2021, 4:49am

Consider this blog post your daily reminder to take a short break from work. Take your dog to the park! Go get a croissant! Walk on over to your local indie! Just in case… here are a dozen new books to look forward to this week, including titles from Jodi Picoult, Lydia Davis, Raekwon, and more.

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wish you were here_jodi picoult

Jodi Picoult, Wish You Were Here
(Ballantine)

“[A] beguiling page-turner … As always, Picoult is eminently readable.”
–Publishers Weekly

Lydia Davis, Essays Two

Lydia Davis, Essays Two
(FSG)

“Davis makes translation seem like a sublime exercise of mind and self … Davis’s adventures in translation are full of such realizations, and the lessons they sustain are encouraging. Reading for fun, it turns out, can make things happen.”
–The Boston Globe

Claire Keegan, Small Things Like These

Claire Keegan, Small Things Like These
(Grove Press)

Small Things Like These brings a fresh and sensitive perspective to an awful period in our collective history. Detailed, insightful and written with striking economy of language, it gets the reader remarkably close to the experience of the character, recalling Faulkner’s line about the best fiction being truer than fact.”
–The Irish Times

The Sisters Sweet

Elizabeth Weiss, The Sisters Sweet
(Dial Press)

“[An] imaginative debut … there are plenty of rich details, and each scene is well drawn. Weiss is clearly talented.”
–Publishers Weekly

Mahsa Mohebali_In Case of Emergency

Mahsa Mohebali, tr. Mariam Rahmani, In Case of Emergency
(Feminist Press)

“A compelling portrait of a city in crisis limited by its protagonist’s apathy.”
–Kirkus

Aftermath

Preti Taneja, Aftermath
(Transit)

“This poetic, urgent, and self-reflective work will delight fans of Valeria Luiselli’s Tell Me How It Ends and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen.”
–Publishers Weekly

Elizabeth D. Samet_Looking for the Good War

Elizabeth D. Samet, Looking for the Good War
(FSG)

“This richly rewarding and thought-provoking book splashes World War II history across a broad canvas, with insightful discussions of the works of Homer and Shakespeare and the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln.”
–BookPage

people from my neighborhood_hiromi kawakami

Hiromi Kawakami, tr. Ted Goossen, People from My Neighborhood
(Soft Skull)

“The interlinking short stories in this collection are fairy tales in the best Brothers Grimm tradition: naïf, magical and frequently veering into the macabre … Sparky and delightful.”
–The Financial Times

sex cult nun_faith jones

Faith Jones, Sex Cult Nun
(William Morrow)

“In this outstanding debut, Jones recounts her upbringing in and escape from the infamous cult, the Children of God.”
–Publishers Weekly

all the names given_raymond antrobus

Raymond Antrobus, All the Names Given
(Tin House)

“One of Antrobus’s greatest gifts lies in the way he expresses loneliness with courage and humour so that a particular life can be understood, its urgent code concrete and pressing.”
–The Irish Times

Raekwon_From Staircase to Stage

Raekwon, From Staircase to Stage
(Gallery Books)

“Raekwon is one of the most secretive of the Staten Island rappers, so it’s refreshing to see how forthcoming he is in his first book.”
–Kirkus

Magritte_Alex Danchev

Alexander Danchev, Magritte: A Life
(Pantheon)

“Far from underestimating Magritte, Danchev’s picture of him is pointillist and enormous in scope. It is full of shock, for the casual Magritte fan who knows little about his life.”
–New Republic

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