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18 new books coming into the world today.

Katie Yee

March 1, 2022, 4:44am

Don’t walk—run—to the nearest bookstore. This week sees the publication of new books by Margaret Atwood, Sarah Moss, Kathryn Davis, and more.

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Margaret Atwood, Burning Questions

Margaret Atwood, Burning Questions
(Doubleday)

“One of the most notable aspects of this collection is how engaged Atwood, now 82, has remained with the pressing issues of the day … Atwood is clearly undaunted by opprobrium, calling instead for fairness and accountability.”
–The Observer

the sex lives of african women

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, The Sex Lives of African Women
(Astra House)

“Ghanaian activist and blogger Sekyiamah debuts with a dazzling series of soul-searching and taboo-breaking conversations with women throughout Africa and the diaspora about relationships, sex, and identity.”
–Publishers Weekly

scattered all over the earth

Yoko Tawada, tr. Margaret Mitsutani, Scattered All Over the Earth
(New Directions)

“According to Yoko Tawada, literature should always start from zero. She is a master of subtraction, whose characters often find themselves stripped of language in foreign worlds.”
–The New Yorker

lucky breaks

Yevgenia Belorusets, tr. Eugene Ostashevsky, Lucky Breaks
(New Directions)

“In describing the effects of one of the most brutal conflicts to have occurred during — and to be in part aided by — the age of fake news, Lucky Breaks asks essential questions about the ethical implications of blurring the boundary between fiction and reality.”
–The Financial Times

the fell

Sarah Moss, The Fell
(FSG)

“Indeed, one of the most profoundly unsettling attributes of The Fell is the way it questions that elemental source of human succour: storytelling.”
–The Guardian

Missouri Williams, The Doloriad

Missouri Williams, The Doloriad
(MCD x FSG)

“This is a gripping look at humanity’s treatment of women and questions whether human survival at all costs is worth it.”
–Booklist

Claire-Louise Bennett, Checkout 19
(Riverhead)

“So many of Bennett’s lines are worth quoting in full. Because she is, first and foremost, a master of the sentence, directing the foggy, expansive contents of her mind through one breathtaking construction after another.”
–Vanity Fair

Chorus

Rebecca Kauffman, Chorus
(Counterpoint)

“Readers…will be happy to see [Kauffman] return with this packed family tale.”
–Library Journal

the night

Rodrigo Blanco Calderon, tr. Daniel Hahn and Noel Hernández, The Night
(Seven Stories Press)

“Venezuelan writer Blanco Calderón weaves a labyrinthine study of language, writers, and obsession against a backdrop of rampant femicides and the energy and political crises in contemporary Caracas.”
–Publishers Weekly

Meghan O’Rourke, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness

Meghan O’Rourke, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness
(Riverhead)

“With a poet’s sensibility, journalist’s rigor, and patient’s personal investment, O’Rourke sheds light on the physical and mental toll of having a mysterious chronic illness … Readers will be left in awe.”
–Publishers Weekly

Pankaj Mishra, Run and Hide

Pankaj Mishra, Run and Hide
(FSG)

“An intense, probing novel examines rampant materialism and spiritual bankruptcy.”
–Kirkus

Sarah Krasnostein, The Believer: Encounters with the Beginning, the End, and our Place in the Middle

Sarah Krasnostein, The Believer
(Tin House)

The Believer is a fascinating book, and one that asks big questions – about connectedness and separation, certainly, but also about love and grief, resilience and faith, and all the ways in which we situate ourselves within the world.”
–The Guardian

cicada

Phoebe Giannisi, tr. Brian Sneeden, Cicada
(New Directions)

“[A] vibrant lyric consideration of metamorphosis, mortality, and poetry as song, all centered around the figure of the shapeshifting insect.”
–Poetry Foundation

Kathryn Davis, Aurelia, Aurélia

Kathryn Davis, Aurelia, Aurélia: A Memoir
(Graywolf)

“Novelist Davis (The Silk Road) conjures real and imagined worlds in this lithe and cerebral exploration of life, death, and the ways both influence craft.”
–Publishers Weekly

what it took to win_kazin

Michael Kazin, What It Took To Win
(FSG)

“[An] insightful introduction to the complex history of the ‘oldest mass party in the world.'”
–Publishers Weekly

Lee Cole, Groundskeeping

Lee Cole, Groundskeeping
(Knopf)

“Cole’s nimble debut combines elements of Southern fiction, the campus novel, and youthful romance.”
–Publishers Weekly

the bald eagle_jack e davis

Jack E. Davis, The Bald Eagle
(Liveright)

“[A] majestic history of the bald eagle and how it has reflected the nation’s changing relationship to nature.”
–Kirkus

Customs

Solmaz Sharif, Customs
(Graywolf)

“Sharif (Look) movingly excavates in her powerful second collection an internal landscape haunted by psychic dissonance and fractured identity.”
–Publishers Weekly

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