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19 new books to celebrate today.

Katie Yee

March 30, 2021, 11:25am

We need joy, and thankfully every Tuesday, that joy comes to us in the form of brand-new books! Here are 19 titles hitting shelves today. Do yourself a favor and head on over to your local indie. (Maybe grab your favorite snack on the way home.) Look, just try to enjoy the day…


Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America

Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America
(Random House)

“[A] wide, deep, and discerning inquest into the Beauty of Blackness as enacted on stages and screens, in unanimity and discord, on public airwaves and in intimate spaces.”

Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie

Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie

Libertie is an easy page turner—its simple prose makes the plot digestible and the lyrical sentences sing louder.”
–The Boston Globe

eat the mouth that feeds you

Carribean Fragoza, Eat the Mouth that Feeds You
(City Lights)

“Throughout this charmingly strange collection, Fragoza shows the reader that death is not as Wittgenstein describes it — here, death is both lived through and experienced, and Fragoza uses the unreal in fiction to report from the other side.”
–The New York Times Book Review

Dawnie Walton, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev

Dawnie Walton, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
(37 Ink)

” A cinematic, stereophonic, and boldly imagined story of race, gender, and agency in art.”

Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul_Jesse McCarthy

Jesse McCarthy, Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?

“McCarthy’s essays are richly varied, and one surmises the abundant intersections of art and race were in large measure informed by his own experiences growing up Black in America and in France.”
–The New York Times Book Review

the nation of plants

Stefano Mancuso, tr. Gregory Conti, The Nation of Plants
(Other Press)

The Nation of Plants is a whimsical, speculative foray into applying plant neurobiology to humanity’s problems.”

Melissa Febos, Girlhood

Melissa Febos, Girlhood

“…offers us exquisite, ferocious language for embracing self-pleasure and self-love. It’s a book that women will wish they had when they were younger, and that they’ll rejoice in having now.”
–Oprah Daily

Gabriela Garcia, Of Women and Salt

Gabriela Garcia, Of Women and Salt

“At once a multigenerational saga about Cuban women learning to survive after losing everything and a brutally honest look at the immigration system in the United States through the eyes of a Salvadoran mother and daughter deported to Mexico after building a life in Miami, this novel captures the beauty of refusing to surrender.”
–The Boston Globe

Rachel Kushner, The Mayor of Leipzig

“It’s an odd little jaunt, complicated by the fact that it also seems to be functioning as a theory of fiction.”

Sharon Stone_The Beauty of Living Twice

Sharon Stone, The Beauty of Living Twice

“Fans will blissfully revel in the intimate if restlessly delivered details in this perceptive memoir.”

Stories with Pictures_Antonio Tabucchi

Antonio Tabucchi, tr. Elizabeth Harris, Stories with Pictures
(Archipelago Books)

Stories with Pictures blazes with a love of color, light and the ineffable glory of the visible world.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Edward Hirsch, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart

Edward Hirsch, 100 Poems to Break Your Heart
(Houghton Mifflin)

“Each profoundly arresting poem is accompanied by a succinct yet passionate essay masterfully combining biography and commentary.”

Animals_Will Staples

Will Staples, Animals

“Screenwriter Staples’ first novel provides a kaleidoscopic view of the horrors of African poaching.”

Jonathan Meiburg, A Most Remarkable Creature

“In this wonderful combination of travelogue (it makes one want to visit the Falklands), history of science (Henry Hudson was quite the naturalist), and natural history, the reader will meet a bird of prey that will feed on food that other predators would disdain, that would just as soon run as fly, and that is highly intelligent and social.”

Siegfried Lenz, tr. Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, The German Lesson
(New Directions)

“…shattering in its quiet authority.”
–The New York Times

Children Under Fire_John Woodrow Cox

John Woodrow Cox, Children Under Fire

“Cox’s Children Under Fire: An American Crisis lays bare the human cost of things that cannot be counted when it comes to children and gun violence.”
–The New York Times

Kristen Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds

Kristin Valdez Quade, The Five Wounds
(W. W. Norton)

“Expertly crafted, this story of family and community introduces us to often needy characters for whom readers come to care deeply.”
–Library Journal

Linda Colley_The Gun, The Ship, and the Pen

Linda Colley, The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen

“This carefully crafted exploration shows how constitutions have helped to bring about an extraordinary revolution in human behavior, ideas and beliefs.”

The Perseverance

Raymond Antrobus, The Perseverance
(Tin House)

“In these pages, Antrobus’s evocative, musical honesty is unforgettable.”
–Publishers Weekly

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