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13 new books making a splash this week.

Katie Yee

June 23, 2020, 9:33am

You definitely shouldn’t go to the beach or the pool, so here are 13 brand-new books to dive into instead!

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Ottessa Moshfegh, Death in Her Hands

Ottessa Moshfegh, Death In Her Hands
(Penguin Press)

“…a darkly comic, brutal examination of the mucky corners of the human condition with electric prose that chills.”
–Cleveland Review of Books

 

Diane Johnson, The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives

Diane Johnson, The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith and Other Lesser Lives
(New York Review of Books)

Lesser Lives freed up other writers to express [a] kind of democratic sympathy.”
–Los Angeles Times

 

Roddy Doyle, Love
(Viking)

“When I tell you that the novel isn’t so much about what happens, or happened once upon a time, as it is about the mystically inaccurate nature of language, you’ll say you learned that lesson long ago. You didn’t, at least not the way Doyle spins it.”
–The New York Times Book Review

 

Adam Goodman, The Deportation Machine
(Princeton University Press)

“A well-researched historical discussion with clear current relevance.”
–Kirkus

 

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Stephanie Scott, What’s Left of Me Is Yours
(Doubleday)

“…a strong message of hope and self-realization from an unusually intelligent whodunnit.”
–Asian Review of Books

 

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Paolo Cognetti, tr. by Stash Luczkiw, Without Ever Reaching the Summit
(HarperOne)

“…an exquisite book by a writer of rare wisdom and grace.”
–The Wall Street Journal

 

Nicola Maye Goldberg, Nothing Can Hurt You

Nicole Maye Goldberg, Nothing Can Hurt You
(Bloomsbury)

“She essentially has reinvented what a novel is and how it’s meant to be comprehended.”
–The Nerd Daily

 

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David Schoenbaum, The Lives of Isaac Stern
(W. W. Norton)

“The stories are substantial and relevant, packed with the names of great musicians, especially violinists, and great musical events.”
–Booklist

 

Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Jesus and John Wayne
(Liveright)

“Du Mez leads us with apparent ease, as only a seasoned historian can.”
–The Boston Globe

 

Anna Cox, I Keep My Worries In My Teeth
(Little a)

“Cox is a talented storyteller with a knack for mixing sublime prose with humor and violence.”
–Publishers Weekly

 

Antony Dapiran, City on Fire
(Scribe)

“…combines relentless on-the-ground reporting with a deep understanding of the city’s political, economic and social undercurrents.”
–Financial Times

 

Julie Clark, The Last Flight
(Sourcebooks)

“[Clark] is an exceptional writer who has crafted a tale about disappearing in an age when technology makes it almost impossible.”
–Library Journal

 

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John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened
(Simon & Schuster)

“This book ought to be a wake-up call, finally, to Republicans who have slavishly defended Trump and belittled his critics.”
–The Washington Post

 

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