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12 new books to get your hands on right now.

Katie Yee

April 27, 2021, 4:48am

Well, what’re you waiting for? These books aren’t going to read themselves.

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Jhumpa Lahiri, Whereabouts

Jhumpa Lahiri, Whereabouts
(Knopf)

“Lahiri’s elegant phrases throughout the book reveal as much about her character as they do about the author’s understanding of her environment and the people who inhabit it.”
–The Star Tribune

Mary Sharratt, Revelations
(Houghton Mifflin)

“Sharratt evokes the sights and smells of medieval England as viscerally as she does Margery’s divine ecstasy, immersing readers in both her inner and outer journeys.”
–Booklist

Dawn_Octavia E Butler

Octavia Butler, Dawn
(Grand Central)

“The groundbreaking sci-fi and speculative fiction author was a master of spinning imaginative tales that introduced you to both the possibilities—and dangers—of the human race, all while offering lessons on tribalism, race, gender, and sexuality.”
–O, the Oprah Magazine

Elissa Washuta, White Magic

Elissa Washuta, White Magic
(Tin House)

White Magic is an insightful, surprising, and eloquent record of stories of magic and the magic in stories.”
–Booklist

Charles Person with Richard Rooker, Buses Are a Comin'

Charles Person with Richard Rooker, Buses Are A Comin’
(St. Martin’s Press)

“Shot through with vivid details of beatdowns, arrests, and awe-inspiring bravery, this inspirational account captures the magnitude of what the early civil rights movement was up against.”
–Publishers Weekly

Everything Like Before_Kjell Askildsen

Kjell Askildsen, tr. Sean Kinsella, Everything Like Before
(Archipelago)

“This is a fine craftsman who offers lighter moments amid the Nordic gloom and an unrelenting intelligence.”
–Kirkus

Blaine Harden_Murder at the Mission

Blaine Harden, Murder at the Mission
(Viking)

“Enriched by dramatic storytelling and candid interviews with contemporary Cayuses, this immersive account illuminates how the tragedies of the past inform the present.”
–Publishers Weekly

Jon Grinspan_the Age of Acrimony

Jon Grinspan, The Age of Acrimony
(Bloomsbury)

“If today’s political divisions are frightening, Grinspan’s lucid history soothes by recounting when it was far worse.”
–Kirkus

Martha Wells_Fugitive Telemetry

Martha Wells, Fugitive Telemetry 
(Tor)

“The Murderbot stories continue this trajectory, with an entertaining protagonist – the incredibly relatable Murderbot – and a wry, witty, darkly humorous voice.”
–Locus Mag

everything is fine_vince granata

Vince Granata, Everything Is Fine
(Atria)

“In candid, smoothly unspooling prose, Granata reconstructs life and memory from grief, writing a moving testament to the therapy of art, the power of record, and his immutable love for his family.”
–Booklist

Dominique Barbéris, tr. John Cullen, A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray

Dominique Barbéris, tr. John Cullen, A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray
(Other Press)

“A study of desire and contentment, time and expectation, this slim novel raises alluring questions about paths not taken.”
–Publishers Weekly

Forget Thee_Ian Dreiblatt

Ian Dreiblatt, forget thee
(Ugly Duckling Presse)

“In these dialogues with the ancients, Dreiblatt reveals that we are as much gourmands of power, as lost and as found, as much within savage and mystic religion, and as bewildered by meaning as it always seemed we were.”
–Eugene Lim

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