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12 new books to buy from your local indie today.

Katie Yee

December 1, 2020, 9:54am

It’s officially December! I’m sure you’ve already seen all of Netflix’s new Christmas movies. What now? Well, friend, here are a dozen new books that you can find at your local indie today.


Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley, Perestroika in Paris

“Relentlessly upbeat—there are no villains here, and even dogs and rats cooperate—this is the perfect book for those for whom the real world, wracked with pandemic and politics, has become something to avoid.”
–Publishers Weekly


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Ijeoma Oluo, Mediocre
(Seal Press)

“This isn’t a book that explains how to navigate microagressions. It tears open the macro aggressions and macro injustices and demands a better future.”



Guido Morselli, tr. by Frederika Randall, Dissipatio H.G.: The Vanishing

“This is a powerful, erudite meditation on existence and the terror of loneliness.”
–Publishers Weekly


Black Futures, edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham, Black Futures
(One World)

” This freedom creates a literary experience unlike any I’ve had in recent memory — once you start reading Black Futures, you are somehow endlessly reading it, even long after you’ve devoured every page.”
–The New York Times Book Review


Emma Glass, Rest and Be Thankful

Emma Glass, Rest and Be Thankful

“The novel is visceral, and readers will keep turning the pages in fascinated dread.”
–Publishers Weekly


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Pope Francis, Let Us Dream
(Simon & Schuster)

“Short enough to read in a single sitting, Let Us Dream is written in the spirit of that insight and throws down a spiritual gauntlet to the reader.”
–The Guardian


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Michael Eric Dyson, Long Time Coming
(St. Martin’s Press)

“At times speaking directly to white Americans who wobble on the precipice of understanding, Dyson evinces both empathy and bewilderment over the current state of disconnection between so many segments of society.”


The River Within by Karen Powell

Karen Powell, The River Within
(Europa Editions)

“In well under 300 fast-turning pages, Powell manages something much larger and more complex: an autopsy of the entire caste system of post-World War II Britain.”
–Los Angeles Times


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Ruth Coker Burks and Kevin Carr O’Leary, All the Young Men
(Grove Press)

“In this plainspoken memoir, Burks recalls the grim early years of the AIDS epidemic, when she was dogged by discrimination and harassment in her hometown of Hot Springs, Ark., for providing end-of-life care to gay men carrying HIV.”
–Publishers Weekly


Sam J. Miller, The Blade Between

Sam J. Miller, The Blade Between

“The author takes his time in introducing the supernatural, but once he does, the novel lifts off toward an exciting conclusion. Insightful social commentary is a bonus. Thriller fans will welcome Miller as a fresh new voice.”
–Publishers Weekly


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Thomas Perry, Eddie’s Boy
(Mysterious Press)

“An immensely clever cat and mouse game he engineers involving Waring and various mob factions ensues. Perry delivers a master class in the art of propulsive tension.”
–Publishers Weekly


Sometimes You Have to Lie

Leslie Brody, Sometimes You Have To Lie
(Seal Press)

“While fairly representing these varied points of view, Brody, a creative writing instructor, mostly lets Fitzhugh’s life speak for itself.”

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