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13 new books to cling to this week.

Katie Yee

October 18, 2022, 4:48am

I don’t know about you, but I’m hanging by a thin thread this week, and that thread is the promise of new books by George Saunders, Samanta Schweblin, Fatimah Asghar, and more.


George Saunders, Liberation Day

George Saunders, Liberation Day
(Random House)

“Let’s bask in this new collection of short stories, which is how many of us first discovered him and where he excels like no other.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

Samanta Schweblin, tr. Megan McDowell, Seven Empty Houses: Stories

Samanta Schweblin, tr. Megan McDowell, Seven Empty Houses

“Darker and more tinged with terror than her breakthrough novel, Fever Dream, this is Schweblin at her sharpest and most ferocious.”
–The New York Times Book Review

Fatimah Asghar, When We Were Sisters

Fatimah Asghar, When We Were Sisters
(One World)

“Asghar brings that same lyricism from her poetry collection … crafting vignettes with dark but tender prose that form a striking picture of the sisters’ daily lives.”

Barbara Kingsolver, Demon Copperhead

Barbara Kingsolver, Demon Copperhead

Demon Copperhead is a page-turner, and Kingsolver’s best novel by far. That’s saying something — she’s written many brilliant ones … This novel’s oomph lies in its narration — a taut, witty telling.”
–Star Tribune

listening in the dark

Amber Tamblyn, Listening in the Dark
(Park Row)

“From her poetry to her essays, Tamblyn’s luminous writing shines as brightly as her powerful acting … The contributors are unmatched in talent.”

Alan Rickman, Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman
(Henry Holt)

“He was much-loved, is much-missed, and was an awe-inspiring actor … you have to pan through a lot of words, but there is true gold in there.”

in the mouth of the wolf

Katherine Corcoran, In the Mouth of the Wolf

“Corcoran’s vivid account is based on hundreds of interviews she conducted in Mexico over seven years … this succeeds both as an homage to the heroic Martínez and as a gripping real-life whodunit.”
–Publishers Weekly

Dani Shapiro, Signal Fires

Dani Shapiro, Signal Fires

“[Shapiro’s] well-developed characters and their interesting careers seal the deal.”

Nicholas Dawidoff, The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City

Nicholas Dawidoff, The Other Side of Prospect
(W. W. Norton)

“A searing portrait of injustice in America.”
–Publishers Weekly

Manuel Muñoz, The Consequences

Manuel Muñoz, The Consequences

“…luminous … Nuanced, thoughtful, often moving stories.”

Peter Brooks, Seduced by Story: The Use and Abuse of Narrative

Peter Brooks, Seduced by Story

“A rigorous exploration of narrative, from its usage in classic literature to its misuse in contemporary discourse … An enlightening challenge to readers curious about literary theory and its real-world applications.”

hugs and cuddles

Joao Gilberto Noll, tr. Edgar Garbelotto, Hugs and Cuddles
(Two Lines Press)

“The author creates a dizzying, hallucinatory effect … Noll (1946–2017) transcends erotica for a memorable story of an attempt at liberation.”
–Publishers Weekly

the tiger and the cage

Emma Bolden, The Tiger and the Cage
(Soft Skull)

“A well-written, deeply researched, and searingly frank memoir about reproductive health.”

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