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13 new books to add to your TBR pile right now.

Katie Yee

August 31, 2021, 8:58am

Stephen Graham Jones_My Heart is a Chainsaw

Stephen Graham Jones, My Heart Is a Chainsaw
(Gallery/Saga Press)

“Readers will be drawn in by the effortless storytelling and Jade’s unique cadence. This is a methodically paced story where every detail both entertains and matters, and the expertly rendered setting explodes with violent action.”

several people are typing

Calvin Kasulke, Several People Are Typing

“In this gloriously inventive debut, Kasulke has constructed a funny, tender, and compelling novel that consists entirely of messages on the workplace app Slack … This is a workplace comedy that brilliantly captures the era of remote work.”

three rooms

Jo Hamya, Three Rooms

“In precise prose, Hamya captures the disillusionment and despair plaguing her protagonist. This perceptive debut will delight fans of Rachel Cusk.”
–Publishers Weekly

Mrs. Dalloway_Virginia Woolf, Merve Emre

Virginia Woolf and Merve Emre, The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway

“[Emre’s] introduction combines personal testimony about her relationship to the novel—she is so devoted that she retyped Woolf’s manuscript for this edition—with deep research into its genesis.”
–Wall Street Journal

Matt Siegel, The Secret History of Food: Strange and True Stories About the Origins of What We Eat

Matt Siegel, The Secret History of Food

“Siegel’s book is as entertaining as it is informative, sprinkled with humorous anecdotes and connections to popular culture. He takes intel gathered from nutritionists, psychologists, food historians and paleoanthropologists and weaves together a tale that moves seamlessly from one topic to the next.”

Mark Piesing_N-4 Down

Mark Piesing, N-4 Down
(Custom House)

“…this is a book with much to enjoy and a good illustration of what human curiosity, determination and courage—and sometimes a healthy dollop of vanity—can achieve.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Paula Hawkins, A Slow Fire Burning

Paula Hawkins, A Slow Fire Burning

“A chilling story that’ll leave you with more questions than answers, A Slow Fire Burning gives the term ‘thriller’ a whole new meaning.”

Nichola Raihani_The Social Instinct

Nichola Raihani, The Social Instinct
(St. Martin’s)

“This enriching survey should have broad appeal.”
–Publishers Weekly

Craig Whitlock_The Afghanistan Papers

Craig Whitlock, The Afghanistan Papers
(Simon & Schuster)

“A veteran Washington Post investigative reporter delivers a dispiriting history of the 20-year Afghanistan debacle … By this authoritative account, the Afghanistan War has been a colossal failure that should have been ended years ago.”

Hilma Wolitzer, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket

Hilma Wolitzer, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket

“Each of these stories is like a circus clown car, stuffed with more meaning than Wolitzer’s deceptively simple sentences seem able to contain.”
–Los Angeles Times

Kia Corthron, Moon and the Mars
(Seven Stories Press)

“Playwright and novelist Corthron (The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter) combines a propulsive coming-of-age story with a fascinating history of the years before and after the Civil War.”
–Publishers Weekly

Exodus, Revisited

Deborah Feldman, Exodus, Revisited
(Plume Books)

“A Hasidic woman delivers a deeper explanation of why she left her Orthodox community … A satisfying story of self-discovery.”

Stephon Alexander, Fear of a Black Universe: An Outsider's Guide to the Future of Physics

Stephon Alexander, Fear of a Black Universe
(Basic Books)

“Lush with ideas and bold in its analysis of the status quo, this book reorients our view of science and the universe.”

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