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    13 new books to get you through this work week.

    Katie Yee

    June 21, 2022, 8:16am

    Ah, the work week again? At least there are only four days in this one, and at least it kicks off with the day new books are being released.


    Ottessa Moshfegh, Lapvona

    Ottessa Moshfegh, Lapvona
    (Penguin Press)

    “Moshfegh’s work resists being read as an allegory. The novel has the texture of a fable—the characters and scenarios are at times broadly drawn—but contains no lesson … How historically accurate is any of it? It doesn’t matter.”
    –Oprah Daily

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    Hilary Mantel, Learning to Talk
    (Henry Holt)

    “The overall effect of the collection is of a palimpsest, the powerfully atmospheric evocation of an unhappy mid-twentieth-century childhood in northern England.”

    Anna Hogeland, The Long Answer

    “A startling meditation on grief and family and betrayal and the stories we tell about ourselves.”

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    Alison Fairbrother, The Catch
    (Random House)

    “In Fairbrother’s perceptive debut, a young journalist is left reeling and looking for answers after her father’s sudden death … promising.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Chelsea T. Hicks, A Calm and Normal Heart
    (Unnamed Press)

    “Brilliant debut stories about the lives of contemporary Native women … Dark and darkly comic stories that herald an important new voice in American letters.”

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    Caitlin Macy, A Blind Corner
    (Little, Brown)

    “Macy renders each character’s emotional complexities in thoughtful detail. With nuanced storytelling and memorable settings, she draws readers into the minds of people struggling to live as different versions of themselves.”

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    Carlos Manuel Álvarez, tr. Frank Wynne, The Tribe: Portraits of Cuba
    (Graywolf Press)

    “Pungent snapshots of life in Cuba both before and after the death of Fidel Castro … Beautifully composed authentic vignettes about Cubans of all stripes.”

    Mark Lee Gardner, The Earth Is All That Lasts

    “Spirited history of the great Sioux war leaders of the late 19th century and their valiant stand against White encroachment. … A strong work of Western history that strives to bring the Native American view to center stage.”

    James Bridle_ways of being

    James Bridle, Ways of Being

    “A provocative, profoundly insightful consideration of forms of reason and their relevance to our shared future.”

    Leigh N. Gallagher, Who You Might Be
    (Henry Holt)

    “Gallagher writes meaningfully about the intergenerational impacts of addiction, abuse, and sexual violence. An earnest novel about the insecurities of adolescence and the impossibility of escaping one’s past.”

    Rosalie Knecht, Vera Kelly: Lost and Found
    (Tin House)

    “A pulpy detective novel moved by familiar, easy beats, Vera Kelly Lost and Found recasts cozy mysteries through a queer lens.”
    –Foreword Reviews

    Michelle Wilde Anderson, The Fight to Save the Town
    (Avid Reader Press)

    “A welcome reminder of what government can accomplish if given the chance.”
    –San Francisco Chronicle

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    Carlene Bauer, Girls They Write Songs About

    “With deftness and candor, Bauer tells a moving and thoughtful story of how desire and ambition change over time and how to make sense of the messiness of carving out a path and life of one’s own. A smart and beautifully rendered portrait of two women’s lives.”

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