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14 new books to look forward to this week.

Katie Yee

August 24, 2021, 9:00am

You know what they say: new books are just as good (if not better) than new friends. Okay, maybe they don’t say that. Maybe I made that up. Maybe my dog and I are feeling a little stir crazy, and the only thing we had to look forward to in the midst of the tropical storm here in Brooklyn this weekend was the glorious stack of books waiting on the other side. Come meet them!

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real estate

Deborah Levy, Real Estate 
(Bloomsbury)

“Levy, whose prose is at once declarative and concrete and touched with an almost oracular pithiness, has a gift for imbuing ordinary observations with the magic of metaphor.”
–The New Yorker

Jo Lloyd Something Wonderful

Jo Lloyd, Something Wonderful
(Tin House)

“Each story in Lloyd’s crisp and layered debut collection is like a picture postcard from the Welsh countryside, belied by family secrets, dashed hopes, and the long shadows of history.”
–Publishers Weekly

Pat Barker_The Women of Troy

Pat Barker, The Women of Troy
(Doubleday)

“A richly rewarding sequel, The Women of Troy offers a further bold and necessary reinterpretation of an ancient tale while at the same time chronicling the next dramatic chapter in Briseis’ untold story.”
–The Star Tribune

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois A Novel By Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
(Harper)

“Poet Jeffers reinvigorates the multigenerational saga in her first novel, an audacious, mellifluous love song to an African American family.”
–Booklist

David Grossman_More Than I Love My Life

David Grossman, tr. Jessica Cohen, More Than I Love My Life
(Knopf)

“[A] powerful novel … Grossman performs a deft exploration of how trauma impacts succeeding generations.”
–Booklist

A Woven World, Alison Hawthorne Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming, A Woven World
(Counterpoint)

“Deming’s memoir is a tribute to all makers, whether of high-fashion dressmaking or weir construction, with a view to the losses in environment and culture of our time.”
–Booklist

Geo Maher, A World Without Police: How Strong Communities Make Cops Obsolete

Geo Maher, A World Without Police
(Verso)

“In this provocative and well-researched polemic, political theorist Maher (Decolonizing Dialectics) makes a case for ‘why we need to abolish the police, and what doing so might look like.'”
–Publishers Weekly

Mae Ngai_The Chinese Question

Mae Ngai, The Chinese Question
(W. W. Norton)

“Ms. Ngai’s study is a book for our time, reminding us of the increasingly interconnected global economy that—since at least the 16th century—has enriched select peoples, empires and nations at the expense of many others.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Not "A Nation of Immigrants": Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Not a Nation of Immigrants
(Beacon Press)

“This impassioned and well-documented history pulls no punches.”
–Publishers Weekly

Giles Tremlett, The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War

Giles Tremlett, The International Brigades
(Bloomsbury)

“[A] sweeping and brilliant new history of the International Brigades … Tremlett – a veteran Guardian journalist based in Madrid – assembles a magnificent and readable history.”
–The Irish Times

Meghan O’Gieblyn, God, Human, Animal, Machine
(Doubleday)

“The strength of O’Gieblyn’s book rests on her ability to distill the arguments of a number of great thinkers on questions surrounding this technology, and she traces her ability to plumb these depths and emerge with something coherent.”
–The Los Angeles Review of Books

Red Crosses, Sasha Filipenko

Sasha Filipenko, tr. Elln Vayner and Brian James Baer, Red Crosses
(Europa)

“This author brings freshness and wit to a familiar story of Soviet tragedy.”
–Publishers Weekly

After the Sun

Jonas Eika, tr. Sherilyn Nicolette Hellberg, After the Sun
(Riverhead)

“If one were to combine the deadpan eeriness of Yorgos Lanthimos, the campy yet grotesque body horror of David Cronenberg, and the Dada-infused homoeroticism of William Burroughs, the end result would look something like After the Sun.”
–The Seattle Times

Robert Levine, The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Fredrick Douglass, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Robert S. Levine, The Failed Promise
(W. W. Norton)

“Outstanding as both a biography and a work of Reconstruction-era history.”
–Kirkus

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