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15 new books to dive into this week.

Katie Yee

November 8, 2022, 4:44am

Daylight Savings Time has gifted us an extra hour… for reading. (That’s how that works, right?) This week brings new books by Haruki Murakami, Kevin Wilson, Lucy Ellmann, and more.


Haruki Murakami, Novelist as a Vocation

Haruki Murakami, tr. Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen, Novelist as a Vocation

“The acclaimed novelist opens up about his methods and how he creates his own private worlds … Murakami’s gentle encouragement will appeal to hesitant novice writers.”

Kevin Wilson, Now is Not the Time to Panic

Kevin Wilson, Now Is Not the Time to Panic

“Full of compassion and gentle humor, this is a wise and winning novel about how youth haunts and defines us.”

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Lucy Ellmann, Man or Mango?

“Crackling, fiercely original language and humor.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

Madeline Miller, Galatea

Madeline Miller, Galatea: A Short Story

“Madeline Miller’s presentation of this myth of Pygmalion and Galatea finally gives Galatea the name, voice, and complexity she deserves.”
–The Harvard Crimson

Lynn Steger Strong, Flight

Lynn Steger Strong, Flight

“As the novel comes to a close, Strong offers moments of connection among the family members that feel genuine and earned. A quiet domestic novel that soars.”

DeuxMoi, Anon Pls.

Deuxmoi, Anon Pls.
(William Morrow)

“Peppered with news clippings, Instagram posts, and a whole bunch of brand-name dropping, Anon Pls. will appeal to readers looking for a dishy, juicy ride.”

S. E. Boyd, The Lemon

“ Like a perfectly seared slice of foie gras with a dollop of lingonberry jam on an artisanal toast point, The Lemon simply cannot be put down, and when you’ve finished it, you’ll want more.”

Anna Moschovakis, Participation

Anna Moschovakis, Participation
(Coffee House Press)

“Moschovakis brings her fierce intelligence to bear in the structurally surprising and impeccably executed narrative. This is formal innovation at its finest.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Li Zi Shu, tr. YZ Chin, The Age of Goodbyes
(Feminist Press)

“Loaded with vibrant cultural details, wry anecdotes, and literary conundrums, The Age of Goodbyes is a challenging and often downright mystifying tale, but never less than absorbing.”
–Foreword Reviews

the hyacinth girl

Lyndall Gordon, The Hyacinth Girl
(W. W. Norton)

“T.S. Eliot’s oft-forgotten relationship with an American woman takes center stage in this illuminating account.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Wendell Berry, How It Went

“Simple, lyrical, immersive stories about work, neighbors, and the land … A fine collection by an enduring, endearing master.”

Catherine Newman, We All Want Impossible Things

“A warm and remarkably funny book about death and caregiving that will make readers laugh through their tears.”

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Clark Blaise, This Time, That Place

“Blaise has gathered here a smart, sprawling collection of stories about family, rootlessness, and identity.”

Russell Banks, The Magic Kingdom

Russell Banks, The Magic Kingdom

“Banks dazzles in this story of a Floridian Shaker community torn apart from within and without … The author uses himself as a narrator, a metafictional device that throws the fictional past into stark relief.”
–Los Angeles Times

hollywood_The oral history

Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson, Hollywood: The Oral History

“This book is a movie buff’s dream (especially if you love gossip).”

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