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17 new books to keep your cozy reading season going strong.

Katie Yee

November 16, 2021, 4:44am

It’s that time of year when we all just want to put on a chunky sweater, curl up on the couch, and pretend like we’re in a Nora Ephron movie, right? Here are 17 books coming out this week to help you achieve your autumn dreams. Head on over to your local indie bookstore, and see if Billy Crystal is creepily peeping at you from behind the Personal Growth section.

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Dave Eggers, The Every

Dave Eggers, The Every
(Vintage)

“Once a decade a book like The Every advances the frontier of literary excellence: a book that reflects our culture. Predicts our future. Worm-holes into our subconscious.”
–The Boston Globe

Sang Young Park, tr. Anton Hur, Love in the Big City
(Grove Press)

“A runaway bestseller in South Korea, Love in the Big City is destined to be a global, queer cult classic. This is a bold, sparkling novel that encompasses what it feels like to be young and in love with life itself, surrounded by strangers and yet completely, wrenchingly alone.”
–The Skinny

Mina Seckin, The Four Humors

Mina Seçkin, The Four Humors
(Catapult)

“If stories expand us, secrets shrink us, as this deep, wise, and intricate debut novel by Mina Seçkin illustrates … a pungent mix of politics and family dynamics.”
–The Boston Globe

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Claire Oshetsky, Chouette
(Ecco)

“Oshetsky’s writing is virtuosic, laced with dry humor, and perfectly matched to the parable she unfolds … A fever dream of a novel that will enchant fans of contemporary fabulism.”
–Kirkus

Nikole Hannah-Jones, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

Nikole Hannah-Jones, The 1619 Project
(One World)

“[A] groundbreaking compendium … These bracing and urgent works, by multidisciplinary visionaries ranging from Barry Jenkins to Jesmyn Ward, build on the existing scholarship of The 1619 Project, exploring how the nation’s original sin continues to shape everything from our music to our food to our democracy.”
–Esquire

Anna von Planta, ed., Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks: 1941-199

Patricia Highsmith, ed. Anna Von Planta, Patricia Highsmith
(Liveright)

“The whole book is excellent. Highsmith is pointed and dry about herself and everything else. But the early chapters are special. They comprise one of the most observant and ecstatic accounts I’ve read—and it’s a crowded field!—about being young and alive in New York City.”
–The New York Times

How the Other Half Eats

Priya Fielding-Singh, How the Other Half Eats
(Little Brown Spark)

“The author’s deeply empathetic approach allows her to personalize the copious data on nutritional and health disparities she cites. The result is a devastating portrait of ‘the scarcity, uncertainty, and anxiety that permeates so much of the American dietary experience.'”
–Publishers Weekly

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Lucille Clifton, Generations
(NYRB)

“[Generations] is a song of self. All the defiant joy of [Lucille Clifton’s] verse is present in this family history, beginning with the ancestor who walked cross-country only to be sold into slavery at age 8. For those whose histories were stolen through violence, this is a proclamation of power and resistance.”
–Los Angeles Times

John Koenig_The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

John Koenig, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
(Simon & Schuster)

“Koenig (Charismata) brings his website of the same name to the page in this whimsical speculative dictionary … fans of the site will find this appropriately diverting.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Edith Schloss, The Loft Generation
(FSG)

“With preternatural recall, a discerning eye, keen ear, and hard-won insights, Schloss shares spirited, funny, wry, and poignant tales about Elaine and Bill de Kooning, Fairfield Porter, John Cage, Cy Twombly, and many others.”
–Booklist

Kyle T. Mays, An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States
(Beacon Press)

“…this work presents an Indigenous voice in the interpretation of U.S. history that is highly relevant to current discourse on the country’s history and present society; it will likely be much sought-after in college classrooms.”
–Library Journal

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H. Melt, There Are Trans People Here
(Haymarket)

“These poems meld individual resilience with collective resistance to illuminate the everyday beauty of trans lives in refusing the lure of conditional inclusion to instead challenge dominant institutions of oppression, demand structural change, and remake the world.”
–Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

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Lester Sloan and Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Captioning the Archives
(McSweeney’s)

“Insightful, inquisitive, and full of vivid photographs, this powerful work is as beautiful as it is galvanizing.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Neal Stephenson, Termination Shock
(William Morrow)

“This book is the rare climate thriller that’s realistic about political stonewalling in the face of disaster yet unafraid to imagine a possible future where people might actually come together and try to save civilization. The kind of climate-change fiction we all need.”
–Kirkus

Paul Muldoon, Howdie-Skelp

Paul Muldoon, Howdie-Skelp
(FSG)

“Very few poets, living or otherwise, can combine high-speed wit, tongue-twisting alliteration and dizzying rhyme with the kind of insight that makes us pause, laugh, remember; feel envious, out of breath, punch-drunk. In Howdie-Skelp, Paul Muldoon summons the ghosts of TS Eliot and Dante to tell stories about our splintered realities.”
–The Guardian

Cathy Curtis, A Splendid Intelligence
(W. W. Norton)

“Curtis skillfully tracks how the Southerner became a consummate New Yorker.”
–Booklist

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Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman, Welcome to Dunder Mifflin
(Custom House)

“A true insider’s guide filled with sweet surprises for fans and the brainy charm to make new ones.”
–Kirkus

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