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15 new books emitting a siren call to you today.

Katie Yee

September 20, 2022, 9:55am

It’s a doozy! This week brings us new books by Yiyun Li, Elizabeth Strout, Andrew Sean Greer, Chelsea Martin, and more.

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Yiyun Li, The Book of Goose

Yiyun Li, The Book of Goose
(FSG)

“The most propulsively entertaining of Li’s novels, The Book of Goose is an existential fable that illuminates the tangle of motives behind our writing of stories.”
–The New York Times Book Review

Elizabeth Strout, Lucy by the Sea

Elizabeth Strout, Lucy by the Sea
(Random House)

“In its emotional heft and honesty, its ability to go fearlessly to the darkest places, its pellucid empathy and its spot-on rendering of the pandemic experience for both individuals and the country, it is perhaps the best of the four marvelous novels Strout has written featuring Lucy Barton.”
–The Boston Globe

Andrew Sean Greer, Less Is Lost

Andrew Sean Greer, Less Is Lost
(Little, Brown)

“Greer is a great chronicler of our times, and his vision of America celebrates the best of it while also showing its dark side, and that makes this novel required reading.”
–The San Francisco Chronicle

Chelsea Martin, Tell Me I'm an Artist

Chelsea Martin, Tell Me I’m an Artist
(Soft Skull)

“[T]he art school comedy of manners gives way to a deeper story about navigating disparate worlds and struggling with situations without easy answers … An unconventional and subtly powerful coming-of-age story.”
–Kirkus

Jenny Xie, The Rupture Tense

Jenny Xie, The Rupture Tense: Poems
(Graywolf Press)

“Luminous … [The Rupture Tense] is a devastating master class in subtlety.”
–Publishers Weekly

Dahlia Lithwick, Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America
(Penguin Press)

“Whip-smart and wickedly acerbic, Lithwick shines a reassuring light on the essential interconnectivity between women and the law and champions the vital role women lawyers must continue to play if American democracy is to persevere.”
–Booklist

Nick Cave and Seán O'Hagan, Faith, Hope and Carnage

Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan, Faith, Hope, and Carnage
(FSG)

“A somber, sage book about art-making that deserves a readership beyond Cave’s fan base.”
–Kirkus

Elspeth Barker, O Caledonia
(Scribner)

“This is an extraordinary novel: original, beautiful yet tough, with a sympathetic outsider of a heroine whose tragic fate is depicted on the very first page.”
–Financial Times

Hafizah Augustus Geter, The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin

Hafizah Augustus Geter, The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin
(Random House)

“A resonant collage of memories, soulfulness, and elective, electrifying solidarity.”
–Kirkus

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Yuka Igarashi and Sarah Lyn Rogers (eds.), Best Debut Short Stories 2022: The Pen America Dau Prize
(Catapult)

“A tantalizing glimpse of the work of tomorrow’s literary luminaries.”
–Poets & Writers

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Giles Tremlett, España: A Brief History of Spain
(Bloomsbury)

“An enthusiastic history … A fresh, accessible take on a rich history; ideal reading for anyone planning a trip to Spain.”
–Kirkus

Rob Roth, WARHOLCAPOTE: A Non-Fiction Invention

Rob Roth, Warholcapote: A Non-Fiction Invention
(Simon & Schuster)

“A poignant drama about two influential yet fragile figures grappling with the ‘very excruciating life’ of an artist.”
–Kirkus

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Moshe Safdie, If Walls Could Speak: My Life in Architecture
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

“In this engaging narrative, he offers intriguing details of design and construction, as well as photos and drawings, for a variety of major projects … A thoughtful, appealing memoir of architecture, creativity, and purpose.”
–Kirkus

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Wo Chan, Togetherness
(Nightboat)

“…refreshing … Daring and original, Chan’s poetry collapses categories to create inspired art.”
–Publishers Weekly

Making the Movement

David L. Crane, Making the Movement
(Princeton Architectural Press)

“David L. Crane has written a defining account of the impact of material culture on movements for racial justice and civil rights in the United States.”
Syracuse University College of Law

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