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    18 new books to borrow from your local library.

    Katie Yee

    February 14, 2023, 4:55am

    Clear your schedules! This week, we see the publication of new books by Zadie Smith, Greta Thunberg, Alejandro Zambra, and more!


    Zadie Smith, The Wife of Willesden

    “A triumph of dramatic creativity … a total delight. Highly recommended.”
    –Library Journal

    Greta Thunberg, The Climate Book
    (Penguin Press)

    “Thunberg gathers essays from scientists, journalists, and activists, starting with lucid and accessible explanations of the science of global warming and its possible effects … A comprehensive and articulate shock to the system.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    private lives of trees

    Alejandro Zambra, tr. Megan McDowell, The Private Lives of Trees

    “A fleeting story translated with care—worth savoring.”

    Welcome Me to the Kingdom

    Mai Nardone, Welcome Me to the Kingdom
    (Random House)

    “In Nardone’s elegant debut collection, characters seek love, belonging, and a means of survival in Bangkok … This author has talent to burn.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Sonora Jha, The Laughter

    Sonora Jha, The Laughter

    “Jha is an extraordinary storyteller, aiming her shrewd erudition directly at elitism, sexism and racism.”
    –Shelf Awareness

    Nazli Koca, The Applicant

    Nazli Koca, The Applicant
    (Grove Press)

    “Told through tense, sardonic journal entries that are as cutting as they are tender, The Applicant sheds light on the grim reality of pursuing the life of an artist.”

    Keiran Goddard, Hourglass

    “If ever a book could be read as a pilgrimage to discover what the heart finds sacred, this is it.”
    –The Irish Times

    Fiona McFarlane, The Sun Walks Down

    Fiona McFarlane, The Sun Walks Down

    “With this remarkable novel, McFarlane establishes her place in the firmament of Australian letters, reworking and expanding the imaginary of its early years.”

    Paz Pardo, The Shamshine Blind

    Paz Pardo, The Shamshine Blind

    “Telling the tale in the mode of noir with naturally subtle world building pulls the reader right into the setting of the story.”

    Daisy Alpert Florin, My Last Innocent Year

    Daisy Alpert Florin, My Last Innocent Year
    (Henry Holt)

    “This is a riveting coming-of-age novel about a young woman in that exact situation. Many people have captured what it’s like on a college campus, but this has entered the pantheon of campus novels.”

    Patrick Bringley, All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me

    Patrick Bringley, All the Beauty in the World
    (Simon & Schuster)

    “Patrick Bringley offers an intimate perspective on one of the world’s greatest institutions.”
    Rumaan Alam

    Richard Bausch, Playhouse

    Richard Bausch, Playhouse

    “the novel offers a rewarding homage to both literary and human drama … this will have special appeal to theater lovers.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Walter Tevis, The King Is Dead

    “A glorious book … A fine introduction to Tevis’ masterful writing.”

    Mark Dawidziak, A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe
    (St. Martin’s Press)

    “Excellent … Dawidziak’s biography reaches beyond the myth of Poe to reveal the actual man and writer, all while painting a vivid picture of the era in which he lived.”

    Robin Yeatman, Bookworm
    (Harper Perennial)

    “Fans of Peter Swanson and Samantha Downing will devour this book, and those who enjoy a good domestic-suspense novel will find a fresh take here.”

    Joanna Schwartz, Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable

    “Rigorous research, in-depth analysis, and poignant case studies make this a must-read study of an urgent social issue.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters (eds.), Wanting: Women Writing About Desire

    Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters (eds.), Wanting: Women Writing about Desire

    “The essays in this voluptuous, multivarious volume comprise an essential compendium of female desire.”
    –Electric Literature

    on writing and failure

    Stephen Marche, On Writing and Failure

    “Stephen Marche is capable of writing … any darn thing he wants.”
    –The Globe and Mail

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