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14 new books to treat yourself to.

Katie Yee

October 20, 2020, 10:19am

Tuesday again, huh? You know what keeps those Tuesday Blues at bay? A trip to your local indie, where you can get these new titles from Don DeLillo, Namwali Serpell, Lindy West—the list goes on! Go ahead. Treat yoself. Donna Meagle would.

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the silence Don DeLillo

Don DeLillo, The Silence
(Scribner)

“As virus-imperiled readers take in this razor-sharp, yet tenderly forlorn, witty, nearly ritualized, and quietly unnerving tale, they will gingerly discern just how catastrophic this magnitude of silence and isolation would be.”
–Booklist

Les Payne, The Dead Are Arising
(Liveright)

“[A] meticulously researched, compassionately rendered, and fiercely analytical examination of the radical revolutionary as a human being.”
–The Atlantic

Namwali Serpell, Stranger Faces

Namwali Serpell, Stranger Faces
(Transit Books)

“[A] brilliant essay collection that, informed by semiotics, proposes a way of thinking about the human face that views each person’s countenance as possessed of culturally and individually constructed meaning that can change radically according to the beholder.”
–Publishers Weekly

Lindy West, Shit, Actually (Hachette, October 20)

Lindy West, Shit, Actually
(Hachette)

“Queen of keenly observed, hilariously rendered cultural criticism, West offers this delicious distraction from reality.”
–Booklist

Emily M. Danforth, Plain Bad Heroines

emily m. danforth, Plain Bad Heroines
(William Morrow)

“A hot amalgamation of gothic horror and Hollywood satire, it’s draped with death but bursting with life.”
–The Washington Post

ex libris

Michiko Kakutani, Ex Libris
(Clarkson Potter)

“Kakutani’s recommendations and her ‘sense of the shared joys and losses of human experience’ are revelations.”
–Publishers Weekly

Khaled Mattawa, Fugitive Atlas

Khaled Mattawa, Fugitive Atlas
(Graywolf Press)

“[A] powerful reminder that the migrant crisis is an ongoing reality with profound effects on those who suffer directly from displacement and on humanity at large.”
–Ploughshares

Sarah Tolmie_The Fourth Island

Sarah Tolmie, The Fourth Island
(Tor Books)

“The contemplative style, low stakes, and small cast is reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle and is worthy of the association.”
–Publishers Weekly

Aoko Matsuda, tr. Polly Barton, Where the Wild Ladies Are

Aoko Matsuda, tr. Polly Barton, Where the Wild Ladies Are
(Soft Skull Press)

“With this collection, Matsuda subverts the typical male-dominated workplace to look the chauvinism of contemporary Japanese society right in the eye. And her gaze is burning.”
–Hyperallergic

Cary Grant_Scott Eyman

Scott Eyman, Cary Grant
(Simon & Schuster)

“He knows not only where the bodies are buried but also who buried them. He also has a fine ear for gossip.”
–The Wall Street Journal

cixin liu_to hold up the sky

Cixin Liu, To Hold Up the Sky
(Tor Books)

“Liu’s gift for juxtaposing long passages of exposition with emotional moments and beautiful imagery makes this a must have for readers of hard science fiction.”
–Publishers Weekly

billion dollar loser_reeves wiedeman

Reeves Wiedeman, Billion Dollar Loser
(Little, Brown and Company)

“Journalist Wiedeman debuts with a thrilling page-turner about the fantastic success and subsequent crash of WeWork.”
–Publishers Weekly

the kidnapping club_jonathan daniel wells

Jonathan Daniel Wells, The Kidnapping Club
(Bold Type Books)

“[A] revealing look at a little-known chapter in the history of racial injustice.”
–Publishers Weekly

the neil gaiman reader

Neil Gaiman, The Neil Gaiman Reader
(William Morrow)

“…this volume provides evidence that Gaiman has transcended those influences to become the influencer himself, creating fictional landscapes that inspire and move us as much as they entertain.”
–BookPage

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