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14 new books to add to your TBR pile today.

Katie Yee

February 23, 2021, 4:48am

As I write this, it’s raining in Brooklyn, my dog is curled up at my feet, and my third cup of coffee is cooling. Pretty much the perfect atmosphere for reading. (Besides, I’m fresh out of new episodes of WandaVision to binge anyway.) So, grab your beloved pet, the beverage of your choice, and one of these brand-new books. Happy reading!

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Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee

Hermione Lee, Tom Stoppard: A Life
(Knopf)

“…this is an extraordinary record of a vital and evolving artistic life.”
–Harper’s

the upstairs house

Julia Fine, The Upstairs House
(Harper)

“In this gripping and stylistically impressive novel, Fine illustrates how the rational and the mythic, the tangible and intangible, intertwine to fully tell a woman’s story.”
–The Boston Globe

Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir by Elizabeth Miki Brina

Elizabeth Miki Brina, Speak, Okinawa
(Knopf)

“Deeply human . . . A forthright and tunneling inquiry into how the author came to understand the many inherited layers of herself and her racial identity.”
–Booklist

you don't belong here_elizabeth becker

Elizabeth Becker, You Don’t Belong Here
(PublicAffairs)

“Readers interested in women’s history and foreign affairs won’t be able to put this fascinating chronicle down.”
–Publishers Weekly

The Slaughterman's Daughter_Yaniv Iczkovits

Yaniv Iczkovits, The Slaughterman’s Daughter
(Schocken Books)

“Yaniv Iczkovits’s brilliant, sweeping novel The Slaughterman’s Daughter is set in tsarist Russia during the late nineteenth century, but it feels highly relevant and resonant today. It is filled with exquisitely drawn characters often seeking some sort of redemption that remains out of reach.”
–The Times Literary Supplement

Joseph Andras_Tomorrow They Won't Dare to Murder Us

Joseph Andras, tr. Simon Leser, Tomorrow They Won’t Dare to Murder Us
(Verso Fiction)

“Crime and punishment in 1950s Algeria … A promising debut of interest to students of modern French literature.”
–Kirkus

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Russ Thomas, Nighthawking
(G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

“Thomas adeptly develops his diverse cast, but the novel’s real power lies in its intricate structure—the mystery surrounding the body is impressively deep, the various levels of tension are relentless, and every chapter ends with a narrative punch to the face.”
–Publishers Weekly

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank

Matthew Gavin Frank, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers
(Liveright)

“With novelistic writing, Frank masterfully weaves a fast-paced history of South Africa’s Diamond Coast, and the impact of De Beers controlling both the land and the government.”
–Library Journal

Euan Angus Ashley, The Genome Odyssey
(Celadon)

“An excellent update on genomic medicine, which is finally bringing home the bacon.”
–Kirkus

First Light_Emma Chapman

Emma Chapman, First Light
(Bloomsbury)

“Chapman’s most valuable asset here, aside from her obvious expertise, is her enthusiasm … it is such a treat to have someone of Chapman’s stature willing to carry us along as she reaches for these ancient stars.”
–The Star Tribune

William J. Bernstein, The Delusions Of Crowds

William J. Bernstein, The Delusions of Crowds
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

“Bernstein’s account of financial shenanigans is a jolly ride, but he finds no humor in religious extremism, and readers may share his despair at learning what seemingly educated people believe.”
–Kirkus

The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790 by Ritchie Robertson

Ritchie Robertson, The Enlightenment
(Harper)

“A long, thoroughly satisfying history of an era that was not solely about reason but was ‘also the age of feeling, sympathy and sensibility’ … An entirely absorbing doorstop history of ideas.”
–Kirkus

Joby Warrick, Red Line
(Doubleday)

“…engrossing … This gripping investigation of the challenges of Middle East politics will engage informed general readers and foreign policy specialists.”
–Library Journal

Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound by Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks, Liner Notes for the Revolution
(Belknap Press)

“Brooks traces all kinds of lines, finding unexpected points of connection … Brooks is so fluent in both the jargon of the academy and the vernacular of music magazines that she slips comfortably between the two … Her book is at its most generative when it’s doing this—inviting voices to talk to one another, seeing what different perspectives can offer.”
–The New York Times Book Review

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