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13 new books to look out for this week.

Katie Yee

June 16, 2020, 9:00am

Ah, Tuesday rears its head again. Consider this your weekly reminder to keep supporting black-owned indie bookstores and new authors. (Special congratulations to our very own Emily Temple, whose debut novel, The Lightness, is out today!)

Here’s a baker’s dozen of books, fresh out of the publishing oven.

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Lucie Britsch, Sad Janet

Lucie Britsch, Sad Janet
(Riverhead)

“Britsch’s monologue about the experience of unhappiness is undeniably infectious.”
–Publishers Weekly

 

miss iceland

Audur Ava Olafsdottir, Miss Iceland
(Grove Press)

“…a beautiful book. It is at once a poetic, light-hearted narrative filled with endearing characters; and yet also a sharply edged social critique.”
–PopMatters

 

Emily Temple, The Lightness

Emily Temple, The Lightness
(William Morrow)

“A dark, glittering fable about the terror of desire.”
–Kirkus

 

Max Brooks, Devolution
(Del Rey)

“The story is told in such a compelling manner that horror fans will want to believe and, perhaps, take the warning to heart.”
–Booklist

 

Daniel Lee, The S.S. Officer’s Armchair
(Hachette)

“[A] fascinating true-life detective story, as the author engagingly chronicles his searches in archives and interviews with elderly survivors.”
–Kirkus

 

Marisel Vera, The Taste of Sugar
(Liveright)

“Vera’s novel is historical fiction at its best, featuring engaging survivors from a forgotten past.”
–Booklist

 

the brothers york

Thomas Penn, The Brothers York
(Simon & Schuster)

“Superb … The tragedy and brutality of the Wars of the Roses jumps out from every page.”
–Financial Times

 

the margot affair

Sanaë Lemoine, The Margot Affair
(Hogarth)

“Francophiles and anyone who appreciates an emotionally rewarding story will enjoy Lemoine’s lush, well-crafted tale.”
–Publishers Weekly

 

Valarie Kaur, See No Stranger
(One World)

“A beautifully written exposé of activism, rebirth and ‘revolutionary love’ that is much needed for all readers in our current times.
–Library Journal

 

Chase Purdy, Billion Dollar Burger
(Portfolio)

” A thoughtful, entertaining, well-researched, and essential book.”
–Politico

 

Paul Preston, A People Betrayed
(Liveright)

“Preston has written an admirable book – a lively, comprehensive history of modern Spain, but also, at barely one remove, a compelling essay on contemporary corruption.”
–The Guardian

 

Mary Jordan, The Art of Her Deal
(Simon & Schuster)

“…a solid narrative, written without embellishment or much editorial comment, allowing the facts to speak for themselves.”
–The Washington Post

 

Robert M. Gates, Exercise of Power
(Knopf)

“It’s refreshing to see a secretary of defense call for the use of the military as a choice of last resort.”
–Kirkus

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