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16 new books to pick up today.

Katie Yee

July 19, 2022, 4:25am

It must suck to be most days of the week. On most days of the week, new books do not come out. But TGIT: Thank goodness it’s Tuesday.

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
(Del Rey)

“…she deftly combines fantasy, adventure, and even romance; the result is hard to classify but definitely a lot of fun. This isn’t the first book to riff on H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), but it’s definitely one of the better ones.”
–Kirkus

Elvia Wilk, Death by Landscape: Essays

Elvia Wilk, Death By Landscape
(Soft Skull)

“Novelist Wilk (Oval) brings together memoir and her literary criticism and reportage in this superb collection … Taken together, the essays are elegant and powerful. This one packs a punch.” 
–Publishers Weekly

Jamil Jan Kochai, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
(Viking)

“Kochai is a thrillingly gifted writer, and this collection is a pleasure to read, filled with stories at once funny and profoundly serious, formally daring, and complex in their apprehension of the contradictory yet overlapping worlds of their characters.”
–Harper’s

Ellen Jovin, Rebel with a Clause
(Mariner)

“The invitation she poses in her introduction—’Now, please lie down on a nice couch with this book and let’s have some grammar therapy’—is well worth accepting.”
–Kirkus

Rebecca Stott, Dark Earth
(Random House)

“Rich in history and folklore … Stott is astute on the use of stories to control others and maintain power … Female defiance blazes through as her women reclaim this brutal period from the men.”
–The Telegraph

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Josephine Johnson, Now In November
(Scribner)

“Here’s a book that should be required reading for everyone who belittles the farmers’ problems and who lacks imagination enough to see what drought and famine mean in a civilized world.”
–Kirkus

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Alison B. Hart, The Work Wife
(Graydon House)

“Hart has created an engrossing, piercing look at the compromises and choices women make to succeed and thrive.”
–Booklist

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Jem Calder, Reward System
(MCD)

“…as up-to-date as these stories feel, Reward System belongs firmly in the tradition of fictional miniaturism: Calder’s stories are all granular portraits of micro-interactions between people in ostensibly mundane settings, tapped out on six inches of LCD glass.”
–The Guardian

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Laura Chinn, Acne
(Hachette)

“If tragedy plus time equals comedy, then this book has that formula perfected. Chinn’s memoir is surreal in its reality, offering a completely unique perspective of healing, both of the epidermis and the core.”
–Library Journal

Liska Jacobs, The Pink Hotel

Liska Jacobs, The Pink Hotel
(MCD)

The Pink Hotel is by turns a love story, a social satire, an elegy for the planet, a farewell to the glamour of Old Hollywood, and, above all, a morality tale.”
–Alta

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Eve Fairbanks, The Inheritors
(Simon & Schuster)

“As Fairbanks vividly demonstrates, South Africa’s complicated past continues to define the lives of Black Africans, white Afrikaners and immigrants from formerly colonized African countries such as Mozambique and Angola. The Inheritors covers a lot of ground.”
–BookPage

Ben Riggs, Slaying the Dragon
(St. Martin’s Press)

“With a trove of research and candid interviews, Riggs investigates the many missteps that would ultimately sour ‘years of stunning success’ for the tabletop gaming giant … A compelling corporate saga mired in mythmaking.”
–Kirkus

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Douglas Murphy, Last Futures
(Verso)

“Murphy tells the story of this counter-revolution pithily and well. . . A fresh and haunting way of explaining what happened to the radical 60s and 70s as a whole, in Murphy’s view quite possibly the last chance the west had of creating a decent and environmentally sustainable society.”
–The Guardian

Shmutz

Felicia Berliner, Shmutz
(Atria)

“…shines in her depictions of a deeply religious life, both in its inequities and its enchantments … This brave, eye-opening tale is full of surprises.”
–Publishers Weekly

BRIEFLY, A DELICIOUS LIFE by Nell Stevens

Nell Stevens, Briefly, A Delicious Life
(Scribner)

“A teenage ghost falls in love with a writer who doesn’t know she exists in this playful, otherworldly debut novel.”
–Stylist

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Isaac Fitzgerald, Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional
(Bloomsbury)

“…it is in celebration, not trauma, that Dirtbag, Massachusetts finds Fitzgerald tapping into his most vulnerable self … Fitzgerald shows again and again that there is beauty to be found amid the pain, as hard as it can be to look.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

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