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15 new books to get excited about today.

Katie Yee

August 11, 2020, 11:40am

Ah, the dog-eared days of summer. Here are 15 brand-new titles gracing us with their presence today. So what’re you waiting for? Grab your mask and head over to your favorite local indie. Then maybe get your picnic blanket and some measuring tape. Go to the park and sit six feet away from people at all costs—partially because there’s still a pandemic and partially because you’ll get more reading done this way.


Diane Cook, The New Wilderness

Diane Cook, The New Wilderness

“This ecological horror story (particularly horrifying now) explores painful regions of the human heart.”


Shruti Swamy, A House is a Body

Shruti Swamy, A House Is a Body

“Powered by intense imagery and jolts of frank sexuality, Shruti Swamy’s A House Is a Body blurs the line between fantastical and naturalistic storytelling with its tales of love, loss, and life lived across cultures.”
–Foreword Reviews


private means, cree lefavour

Cree LeFavour, Private Means
(Grove Press)

“[A] lifelike, charming, and witty portrayal of mostly-well mannered marriage doldrums.”


boy in the field, margot livesy

Margot Livesey, The Boy in the Field

“This tragicomic misunderstanding is the means that Livesey uses, brilliantly, to turn the narrative from a crime saga into a perceptive examination of family life.”
–The Artsfuse


the unreality of memory

Elisa Gabbert, The Unreality of Memory
(FSG Originals)

“Whatever the chosen topic, Gabbert’s essays manage to be by turns poetic, philosophical, and exhaustively researched. This is a superb collection.”
–Publishers Weekly


Nate Marshall, Finna: Poems

Nate Marshall, Finna
(One World)

“[A] rich and reflective second collection. In four sprawling, intertwining sections, Marshall explores masculinity, the effects of community and familial relationships, and the role of Black language in imagining a livable future.”
–Publishers Weekly


Jennifer Hofmann_The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures

Jennifer Hofmann, The Standardization of Demoralization Procedures
(Little, Brown and Company)

“In this enrapturing debut, Hofmann constructs a beguiling tale of espionage, moral responsibility and the ‘spooky action’ of quantum mechanics.”
–Publishers Weekly


Tomas Gonzalez_Difficult Light

Tomás González, tr. by Andrea Rosenberg, Difficult Light

“He has a mysterious ability to uplift the commonplace and turn it into unforgettable images through careful observation and sensuous detail.”
–The Guardian


cher ami and major whittlesey, kathleen rooney

Kathleen Rooney, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey
(Penguin Books)

“Rooney takes her gift for inhabiting fascinating real-life figures in an exciting new direction.”


A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom_John Boyne

John Boyne, A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom

“Fans of imaginative historical fiction and tragic epics will enjoy this quirky, lyrical novel.”
–Publishers Weekly


Lynda Lopez_AOC

Lynda Lopez, AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(St. Martin’s Press)

“Enlightening and engaging perspectives on a remarkable political ascent.”


Ariel Sabar_Veritas

Ariel Sabar, Veritas

“If turning scraps of ancient papyrus into an enthralling true-crime escapade takes a miracle, consider Ariel Sabar a miracle worker.”
–Shelf Awareness


How Ike Led_Susan Eisenhower

Susan Eisenhower, How Ike Led
(Thomas Dunne)

“Eisenhower lovingly lays bare the essence of her grandfather’s leadership in war and peace … a unique story.”
–The Wall Street Journal


Jean Guerrero, Hatemonger
(William Morrow)

“A fascinating analysis of Miller and his frightening effects on immigration policy, which is enriched by the author’s vast experience reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border.”
–Library Journal


Peter Ross Range_The Unfathomable Ascent

Peter Ross Range, The Unfathomable Ascent
(Little, Brown and Company)

“This exhaustive account will enlighten even dedicated readers of WWII history.”
–Publishers Weekly

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