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17 new books to find at your local library.

Katie Yee

April 13, 2021, 4:48am

As you, readers of this site, obviously know: having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card. Sorry, this bop will now be stuck in your head for days. But it’s a good reminder that you can find/request these brand-new books at your local library.


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Caleb Azumah Nelson, Open Water
(Grove Press)

“As a piece of work that seeks to make clear the experiences of a young black man in contemporary London, the culture of ingrained and pervasive racism that he endures on a daily basis, Open Water is a resounding success.”
–The Irish Times

Clarice Lispector, tr. Stefan Tobler, An Apprenticeship or the Book of Pleasures
(New Directions)

“The revival of the hypnotic Clarice Lispector has been one of the true literary events of the 21st century.”
–The New York Times

Elizabeth McCracken, The Souvenir Museum

Elizabeth McCracken, The Souvenir Museum

“Grief, loss and the passage of time run through these stories, but so does humor, both the wry and laugh-out-loud varieties.”

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Patrick Radden Keefe, Empire of Pain

“Written with novelistic family-dynasty and family-dynamic sweep, Empire of Pain is a pharmaceutical Forsythe Saga, a book that in its way is addictive, with a page-turning forward momentum.”
–The Boston Globe

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Cynthia Ozick, Antiquities

“Ozick’s nonfiction is sharp, layered, earnest, and extremely funny.”
–The New York Review of Books

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Edward White, The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock 
(W. W. Norton)

“Bypassing a traditional narrative, this necessary and perceptive study of the filmmaker and his cinematic impact is framed in 12 separate portraits, each focusing on a particular aspect of Hitchcock’s character.”
–Library Journal

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Bruno Lloret, tr. Ellen Jones, Nancy
(Two Lines Press)

“The writing shines with piercing descriptions of pain, drawn up in increasingly fractured minimalist prose … This visually striking fever dream is one worth braving.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Joanne Tompkins, What Comes After 

“[A] mystery—and a gritty meditation on loss and redemption, drenched in stillness and grief.”
–The Washington Post


Rikki Ducornet, Trafik
(Coffee House Press)

“Carried along by the bumptious rollick of its language, this tale is full of sound and fury, signifying literally everything.”

Bolu Babalola, Love in Color

Bolu Babalola, Love in Color
(William Morrow)

“British Nigerian writer Babalola combines wit and wisdom in this collection of reimagined, mythical love stories.”


Brian Castner, Stampede

“Packed with evocative details and colorful personalities, this immersive history captures the tragic consequences of ‘gold fever.'”
–Publishers Weekly

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Yaara Shehori, tr. Todd Hasak-Lowy, Aquarium

“With thoughtful character studies of each sister, Aquarium interrogates disability, limitations, and storytelling.”

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John Boehner, On the House
(St. Martin’s Press)

“Former Speaker John Boehner dishes on his past colleagues in Congress — with most of the harshest criticism directed at fellow Republicans.”

Paul Theroux, The Under the Wave at Waimea

Paul Theroux, Under the Wave at Waimea
(Houghton Mifflin)

“The author’s fans will appreciate the perfectly rendered exotic setting, which takes the reader deep inside the Hawaiian surf culture.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Lauren Hough, Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing

“These essays are funny, profane and deceptively loose, as if Hough is talking to you late at night in a quiet bar.”

Ross King, The Bookseller of Florence
(Atlantic Monthly)

“…this expert account shines a new light on the Renaissance.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Serhii Plokhy, Nuclear Folly
(W. W. Norton)

“…superbly researched and uncomfortably timely.”

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