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18 new books hitting shelves this week.

Katie Yee

March 15, 2022, 4:55am

It’s official: the sun is setting later and later! We may have lost an hour of sleep this weekend, but in my opinion, it’s worth the extra hour of daylight that’s tacked on. What’re you going to do with that time? Perhaps curl up by the window, and read one of these new books.

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Melissa Febos, Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative

Melissa Febos, Body Work
(Catapult)

“Above all, Febos offers the space and tools to reflect, rethink, revisit, and reimagine—in service of good writing, and good living—with grains of truth that reader-writers will want to keep close.”
–Booklist

Stewart O’Nan, Ocean State

Stewart O’Nan, Ocean State
(Grove Press)

“O’Nan is subverting the thriller, borrowing its momentum to propel this bracing, chilling novel.”
–The New York Times Book Review

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Peng Shepherd, The Cartographers
(William Morrow)

“Shepherd’s convincing blend of magic from old maps with the modern online world both delights and thrills.”
–Publishers Weekly

Mary Childs, The Bond King

Mary Childs, The Bond King
(Flatiron)

“Her reporting in The Bond King her new biography of Gross, is admirably thorough. She seems to have interviewed or tried to interview nearly everyone who worked with him over the years, and she dutifully recounts his rise to the pinnacle of the fund world.”
–The New York Times Book Review

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Peter Handke, tr. Krishna Winston and Ralph Manheim, Quiet Places
(FSG)

“Nuanced essays from a challenging writer whose appeal varies widely.”
–Kirkus

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, When We Were Birds
(Doubleday)

When We Were Birds is an immediately seductive, pleasurable experience because of the craft in the colloquial language—the story is told in Creole English—and a surefooted attention to detail.”
–The Irish Times

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Melissa Fu, Peach Blossom Spring
(Little, Brown)

“Fu writes sensitively about the concerns of multiple generations of immigrant families: the daily needs of survival during traumatic times, the fierce determination to protect one’s children and give them better opportunities, the difficulties of sharing a family history that includes so much pain.”
–Shelf Awareness

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Fintan O’Toole, We Don’t Know Ourselves
(Liveright)

“While his sweeping, authoritative and profoundly intelligent book sees modern Ireland through the lens of his own life and that of his family, it also offers sharp and brilliant analysis of what form change took when it arrived in Ireland.”
–The Guardian

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Erika Krouse, Tell Me Everything
(Flatiron)

“This is a startlingly fresh book that proves the memoir can do much, much more than just describe, or pretend to describe, what really happened.”
–Slate

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Ilham Toti, We Uyghurs Have No Say: An Imprisoned Writer Speaks
(Verso)

“The comparison of Ilham Tohti to Nelson Mandela rings true as regards his moral courage and the absence of bitterness displayed in his writings.”
–The Guardian

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Irene Solà, When I Sing, Mountains Dance
(Graywolf)

When I Sing, Mountains Dance triumphs because Solà gives voice to many perspectives and, in doing so, infuses the human characters’ experiences with greater poignancy.”
–Chicago Review of Books

Elena Ferrante, tr. Ann Goldstein, In the Margins

Elena Ferrante, tr. Ann Goldstein, In the Margins
(Europa)

“Enticing glimpses into a writer’s life. Let’s hope for a full-length memoir one day.”
–Kirkus

Eloghosa Osunde, Vagabonds!: A Novel

Eloghosa Osunde, Vagabonds!
(Riverhead)

“Through linked stories steeped in magical realism and a narrative voice reminiscent of early Salman Rushdie, Eloghosa Osunde’s exuberant debut novel, Vagabonds! thrusts readers into the heart of Lagos, Nigeria.”
–The Star Tribune

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John Scalzi, The Kaiju Preservation Society
(Tor)

“It’s impossible to read this book without sensing how much fun Scalzi was having while writing it. The Kaiju Preservation Society revels in its own nerdiness.”
–BookPage

lessons from the edge

Marie Yovanovitch, Lessons from the Edge
(Mariner)

“A compelling memoir of diplomatic service behind the old Iron Curtain.”
–Kirkus

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Susan Straight, Mecca
(FSG)

“Is Susan Straight the bard of Southern California literature? … This is a novel that pushes back against the clichés of Southern California to reveal the complex human territory underneath.”
–Kirkus

our little secret

Emily Carrington, Our Little Secret
(Drawn & Quarterly)

“In a weighty debut graphic memoir rife with visual metaphors, Carrington documents an adolescence marked by sexual abuse and an adulthood consumed by thwarted attempts to heal … a service to all who navigate trauma without tidy endings.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Evan Ross Katz, Into Every Generation a Slayer Is Born
(Hachette)

“Mixing keen cultural analysis, wit, and an obsessive’s zeal, this will have fans riveted.”
–Publishers Weekly

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