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19 new books to cozy up with this week.

Katie Yee

September 22, 2020, 11:50am

Ah, Tuesday rears its ugly head again. But rest assured, there are some good things that have come out of it. Today, we are greeted by new titles from Laila Lalami, Eileen Myles, Noam Chomsky, and more. Happy reading!

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Laila Lalami, Conditional Citizens

Laila Lalami, Conditional Citizens
(Pantheon)

“Lalami treats this complex, incendiary topic with nuanced consideration and blistering insight.”
–Booklist

 

Hench_Natalie Zina Walschots

Natalie Zina Walschots, Hench
(William Morrow)

“The inventive premise, accessible heroine, and biting wit will have readers eager for more from this talented author.”
–Publishers Weekly

 

Graham Swift, Here We Are

Graham Swift, Here We Are
(Knopf)

“The book’s power comes precisely from the fact that it performs its magic in front of your eyes, leaving nowhere to hide.”
–Financial Times

 

Shalom Auslander_Mother for Dinner

Shalom Auslander, Mother for Dinner
(Riverhead)

“Graphic situations abound; even the characters are revolted, while, through their often ludicrous stories, Auslander explores the sense of otherness and the value of diversity.”
–Booklist

 

David Hajdu_Adrianne Geffel

David Hajdu, Adrianne Geffel
(W. W. Norton)

“A reverberant and eye-opening portrait of an artist going her own way and finally saving herself; highly recommended.”
–Library Journal

 

craig johnson_next to last stand

Craig Johnson, Next to Last Stand
(Viking)

“Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he’s witnessed.”
–Los Angeles Times

 

Eileen Myles, For Now

Eileen Myles, For Now
(Yale University Press)

“[Myles] has a good time journeying through Hell, and like a hip Virgil . . . is happy to show us the way.”
–NPR

 

Juan Felipe Herrera, Every Day We Get More Illegal

Juan Felipe Herrera, Every Day We Get More Illegal
(City Lights Books)

“Herrera’s formal versatility lends subtlety and nuance to essential political considerations.”
–Publishers Weekly

 

Suppose a Sentence

Brian Dillon, Suppose a Sentence
(NYRB)

“The well-chosen sentences themselves are worth the price of admission, but Dillon’s encyclopedic erudition and infectious joy in a skillful piece of writing are what stamp this as a treat for literary buffs.”
–Publishers Weekly

 

Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, Climate Crisis and the Global Green Deal

Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal
(Verso)

“Chomsky, longtime activist and emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT, concentrates a fierce attack on the culprit: a heartless, obsessively profit-oriented capitalist system that has prevailed for more than four decades.”
–Kirkus

 

We're Better Than This_Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings, We’re Better Than This
(Harper)

“A thoughtful and inspiring exhortation to do better by a much-missed leader.”
–Kirkus

 

Christina Lamb, Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women

Christina Lamb, Our Bodies, Their Battlefields
(Scribner)

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield provides a corrective that is by turns horrific and profoundly moving.”
–The Guardian

 

Vincent van Gogh_A Life in Letters

Nienke Bakker and Leo Jansen, Vincent van Gogh: A Life in Letters
(Thames & Hudson)

“His personality shines through in his letters.”
–The Washington Post

 

Leonard Downie_All About the Story

Leonard Downie, Jr., All About the Story
(PublicAffairs)

“At a time when the news media itself is increasingly becoming part of the story, this insider take on newsroom culture resonates.”
–Publishers Weekly

 

Schwarz, Those Who Forget

Géraldine Schwarz, tr. Laura Marris, Those Who Forget
(Scribner)

“A timely must-read, this brutally honest memoir is also a smart historical analysis and a relevant warning for the future.”
–Booklist

 

The Twittering Machine_Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour, The Twittering Machine
(Verso)

“The book is a thrilling demonstration of what such resistance can look like, by one of the most clear-sighted and unyielding critics writing today. We should all read it.”
–The Guardian

 

Silences So Deep_John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams, Silences So Deep
(FSG)

“Classical music aficionados will most appreciate Adams’s thoughtful recollections.”
–Publishers Weekly

 

Ernest Freeberg_A Traitor To His Species

Ernest Freeberg, A Traitor to His Species
(Basic Books)

“The book is above all a compassionate, highly readable account of the 19th-century plight of animals, especially urban animals — and of those who tried to come to their rescue.”
–The New York Times Book Review

 

The Winter of the Cartoonist_Paco Roca

Paco Roca, The Winter of the Cartoonist
(Fantagraphics)

“Roca’s massively appealing illustration and masterly sense of narrative make this true story exceptionally compelling.”
–Library Journal

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