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18 new books to pick up at your local indie.

Katie Yee

January 17, 2023, 4:56am

Featuring new books by Tsitsi Dangarembga, De’Shawn Charles Winslow, and Monica Heisey, as well as Bret Easton Ellis and Anne Waldman (big week for Bennington alums!). Happy browsing!

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Bret Easton Ellis, The Shards

Bret Easton Ellis, The Shards
(Knopf)

“Sometimes horrifying, sometimes nostalgic and even poignant, Ellis’s latest is an unqualified success.”
–Booklist

Marisa Crane, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself
(Catapult)

“It’s a brilliant, disturbing read, yet full of heart, love, and found family.”
–Buzzfeed

wade in the water

Nyani Nkrumah, Wade in the Water
(Amistad)

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“The author is supremely gifted at bringing both her characters and their close-knit rural town to life.”
–Publishers Weekly

Monica Heisey, Really Good, Actually

Monica Heisey, Really Good, Actually
(William Morrow)

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“A tender yet sharp novel that tells the heartbreaking and hilarious tales of a young woman going through a divorce.”
–Entertainment Weekly

TsiTsi Dangarembga, Black and Female: Essays

Tsitsi Dangarembga, Black and Female
(Graywolf Press)

“Dangarembga’s collection is an essential addition to academic collections on race and gender.”
–Library Journal

Mario Vargas Llosa, tr. John King, The Call of the Tribe

Mario Vargas Llosa, tr. John King, The Call of the Tribe
(FSG)

“The Peruvian Nobel laureate lays out how seven thinkers convinced him of the importance of the individual before the communal … It’s a mini-master course, regardless of your own political philosophy.”
–Los Angeles Times

De'Shawn Charles Winslow, Decent People

De’Shawn Charles Winslow, Decent People
(Bloomsbury)

“De’Shawn Charles Winslow invites readers on a satisfying ride that, through his keen observations of human nature, leads to deeper considerations of the glacial progress of racial equality.”
–BookPage

Alba de Céspedes, tr. Ann Goldstein, Forbidden Notebook
(Astra House)

“Goldstein’s translation invigorates a remarkable story, one that remains intensely relevant across time, cultures, and continents.”
–Publishers Weekly

a sense of wonder

Matthew Salesses, The Sense of Wonder
(Little, Brown)

“Salesses fills the page with all the bold, kinetic confidence of an athlete striding onto the court.”
–Publishers Weekly

out of silence

Susan Griffin, Out of Silence, Sound. Out of Nothing, Something: A Writer’s Guide
(Counterpoint)

“Griffin takes a Zen-like approach to generating, constructing, and honing a piece of writing.”
–Kirkus

relations

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices
(Harpervia)

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“Brew-Hammond delivers an impressive anthology of short stories, essays, and poetry by writers from across Africa.”
–Publishers Weekly

ARABESQUES

Anton Shammas, tr. Vivian Eden, Arabesques
(NYRB)

“Intricately conceived and beautifully written … A crisp, luminous, and nervy mixture of fantasy and autobiography.”
–The New Yorker

the once and future sex

Eleanor Janega, The Once and Future Sex
(W. W. Norton)

“Humorous, slightly irreverent…This book offers fresh, insightful takes on the medieval period from a feminine standpoint.”
–Booklist

 

a woman's life is a human life

Felicia Kornbluh, A Woman’s Life Is a Human Life
(Grove Press)

“Kornbluh makes public policy and legal history come alive by demonstrating the power of women’s collective action. The result is an inspiring study of how progress happens.”
–Publishers Weekly

bard kinetic

Anne Waldman, Bard, Kinetic
(Coffee House Press)

“Literary boundary-pushers require loyalty, understanding, and close attention from their readers, and this compendium is no exception.”
–Kirkus

Josh Riedel, Please Report Your Bug Here
(Henry Holt)

“Dark, funny, and highly inventive, Riedel’s debut is as addictive as the apps it criticizes.”
–Vulture

Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau, Rikers: An Oral History

Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau, Rikers: An Oral History
(Random House)

“A multivocal tour of hell on Earth … If there were ever an argument for prison reform, it’s in these pages.”
–Kirkus

everyone in my family has killed someone

Benjamin Stevenson, Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone
(Mariner)

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“An ingenious and hilarious meta-murder mystery.”
–Sunday Times

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