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17 new books to look forward to.

Katie Yee

March 2, 2021, 8:22am

Dear reader, I have two recommendations for you. The first recommendation is going to the freezer aisle of your local grocery store and taking home a big box of frozen mini eclairs. The second recommendation is going to your local indie and picking up a few of these brand-new books. Eat, read, repeat.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Committed

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Committed
(Grove Press)

“[Nguyen] is driven to raptures of expression by the obliviousness of the self-satisfied; he relentlessly punctures the self-image of French and American colonizers, of white people generally, of true believers and fanatics of every stripe.”
–The New Yorker

Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun
(Knopf)

“Ishiguro uses his inhuman, all too human narrators to gaze upon the theological heft of our lives, and to call its bluff.”
–The New Yorker

Stephen King, Later

Stephen King, Later
(Hard Case Crime)

“Does anybody write kids-with-strange-powers better than Stephen King? And, is there anyone on the scene who has more insider knowledge of the publishing industry?”
–The Washington Post

the life of the mind_christine smallwood

Christine Smallwood, The Life of the Mind
(Hogarth Press)

“Smallwood’s casually agonized and abundantly satisfying novel…provides the exact sort of thrill that can be found only through obsessive overthinking. Why live in the moment when you can dissect it like this?”
–The New Yorker

Patricia Engel, Infinite Country

Patricia Engel, Infinite Country
(Avid Reader Press)

“Lively folktales of the Muisca peoples punctuate Engel’s remarkable novel as it illuminates the true costs of living in the shadows. Told by a chorus of voices and perspectives, this is as much an all-American story as it is a global one.”
–Booklist

Justine by Forsyth Harmon

Forsyth Harmon, Justine
(Tin House)

“…acutely captures that time in one’s life when imitation feels like the sincerest form of freedom.”
–O, the Oprah Magazine

Noémi Lefebvre, tr. Sophie Lewis, Poetics of Work

Noémi Lefebvre, tr. Sophie Lewis, Poetics of Work
(Transit Books)

“This is not the kind of novel where things happen, but its bracing contemporary rhythms hold the reader’s attention. Lefebvre succeeds at mapping out an unquiet mind in the midst of crisis.”
–Publishers Weekly

NYRB

Robert Walser, tr. Tom Whalen, Little Snow Landscape
(NYRB)

“[He] is a writer of pastoral idylls of quite bewitching calm, pitched between medieval dream poem and Romantic interlude.”
–4Columns

the barbizon_paulina bren

Paulina Bren, The Barbizon
(Simon & Schuster)

“…in this captivating portrait, the hotel comes alive again as an enchanted site of a bygone era, ‘a place of glamour, desire, and young female ambition.'”
–The Wall Street Journal

endpapers_alexander wolff

Alexander Wolff, Endpapers
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

“Ultimately the real energy of Endpapers comes not from Wolff’s impressive reconstruction of his father and grandfather’s biographies, but from the way he adds himself to the narrative, bringing us back to the present.”
–The Boston Globe

in the quick

Kate Hope Day, In the Quick
(Random House)

“Perfect for fans of realistic depictions of space travel like Andy Weir’s The Martian (2014) and Jeremy K. Brown’s Zero Limit (2018).”
–Booklist

Julia Cooke, Come Fly the World
(Houghton Mifflin)

“An entertaining, insightful look into a gritty and glamorous era in air travel.”
–Kirkus

a boob's life_leslie lehr

Leslie Lehr, A Boob’s Life
(Pegasus)

“A unique blend of memoir and social history that should have broad appeal to anyone who has breasts or has ever worn a bra.”
–Library Journal

The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown

Gregory Brown, The Lowering Days
(Harper)

“What emerges from the ashes of the mill’s demise are broken relationships between human and land, but also the capacity for forgiveness and exoneration, which Brown signposts with flowers emerging from the mill’s scorched soil.”
–The Boston Globe

Anne Lamott_Dusk Night Dawn

Anne Lamott, Dusk, Night, Dawn
(Riverhead)

“In difficult times, is there a more soothing voice than Lamott’s? Her latest book on the trickiness of faith and hope is chock-full of her trademark wit, at once self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing.”
–BookPage

An I-Novel_Minae Mizumura

Minae Mizumura, tr. Juliet Winters Carpenter, An I-Novel
(Columbia University Press)

“Her dual identity makes her a keen critic of two very different cultures that are, in some ways, inseparable.”
–Asian Review of Books

Katherine Angel_Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again

Katherine Angel, Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again
(Verso)

“Angel raises intriguing questions about commonly accepted assumptions, and she offers reassurance to female readers. A provocative counterargument to recent feminist dogma.”
–Kirkus

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