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19 new books to get lost in this week.

Katie Yee

March 8, 2022, 4:15am

Here are a few new books roaring in like a lion this week! With new books from NoViolet Bulawayo, Ladee Hubbard, Tara Isabella Burton, and more, there’s something for everyone in this bookstore bounty.

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noviolet bulawayo glory

NoViolet Bulawayo, Glory
(Viking)

“If We Need New Names was a call, then Glory is its answer. They paint a country’s past and its present. The future is left for the final chapter of the book, where Bulawayo dares us, and the citizens of all Jidadas everywhere, to reimagine what our nations could someday become.”
–The New York Times Book Review

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Sindya Bhanoo, Seeking Fortune Elsewhere
(Catapult)

“Graceful stories by a writer with enormous empathy for even the most flawed and forlorn among us.”
–Kirkus

the last suspicious holdout

Ladee Hubbard, The Last Suspicious Holdout
(Amistad)

“Hubbard’s engaging chorus of voices and well-drawn cast make this resonate.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Jill Gutowitz, Girls Can Kiss Now
(Atria)

“Gutowitz blends candid reflections on the experience of being closeted with witty analysis on how the media affects one’s perception of the world. Fans of the personal essay will be eager to see what Gutowitz does next.”
–Publishers Weekly

Kazim Ali, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water

Kazim Ali, Northern Light
(Milkweed Editions)

“I cannot pretend to be objective about how much I loved the book. I was captured by its compelling themes of global desi homelessness and what it means to love places that are not our own.”
–The Los Angeles Review of Books

Allegra Hyde, Eleutheria
(Vintage)

“Hyde chronicles the foibles of a would-be utopian movement led by climate change activists in her fiery and engrossing debut novel.”
–Publishers Weekly

In Defense of Witches

Mona Chollet, tr. Sophie R. Lewis, In Defense of Witches
(St. Martin’s Press)

“Chollet’s English-language debut is a smart feminist treatise reclaiming the witch and her radical way of life as a path forward for women, as opposed to the death sentence it once represented.”
–Booklist

the way spring arrives

Yu Chen and Regina Kanyu Wang, The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories
(Tor)

“With this impressive anthology, Yu and Wang bring together the first English translations of 17 Chinese-language stories by female and nonbinary writers … This offers much to chew on.”
–Publishers Weekly

Karen Joy Fowler booth

Karen Joy Fowler, Booth
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“Fowler weaves history, family culture, and human cruelties into an insightful reckoning of a past that seems too much a prologue to our American present.”
–The Boston Globe

Jennifer Murphy, Scarlet in Blue
(Dutton)

“This novel will leave readers questioning what is real and how mental health can affect generations in kaleidoscopic ways.”
–Booklist

Tara Isabella Burton, The World Cannot Give

Tara Isabella Burton, The World Cannot Give
(Simon & Schuster)

“Deftly drawn, deeply insecure characters complement the melodramatic plot, which crescendos to a devastating close.”
–Kirkus

Sandrine Collette_The Forests

Sandrine Collette, tr. Alison Anderson, The Forests
(Europa)

The Forests leaves the reader with a sense of wonder and the notion that humanity is worth fighting for.”
–Booklist

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.

Lee Kravetz, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.
(Harper)

“Kravetz brings both authority and empathy to his depictions of mental illness. He also reveals himself to be a fine novelist.”
–Publishers Weekly

Phoebe Zerwick, Beyond Innocence
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

“Zerwick’s portrait of Hunt humanizes all who are incarcerated, opening out into a well-researched, frustrating, inspirational, and heartbreaking look at profound issues of equality and justice and how racism and injustice destroy lives.”
–Booklist

good intentions

Kasim Ali, Good Intentions
(Henry Holt)

“In Good Intentions, Kasim Ali not only lays bare the sweetness and nerves of first love, but also levels an unflinching gaze on the prejudices and racism within minority communities.”
–The Skinny

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Jeffrey Frank, The Trials of Harry S. Truman
(Simon & Schuster)

“A well-researched, engagingly human portrait of this complex mid-20th-century political leader.”
–Kirkus

Haymaker in Heaven

Edvard Hoem, tr. Tara Chace, Haymaker in Heaven
(Milkweed)

“The plainspoken narrative emphasizes appreciation of the natural world and the small pleasures of rural life and, as the title suggests, a certain religiosity. A reminder that the consequences of immigration touch those who stay as well as those who go.”
–Kirkus

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Ira Rutkow, Empire of the Scalpel
(Scribner)

“It shows how the history of surgery is about so much more than just science and new surgical procedures. All human life is there.”
–The New York Times Book Review

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David Sipress, What’s So Funny?
(Mariner)

“An intimate and engaging memoir by an artist who understands that personal thoughts and feelings often lead to remarkable ideas.”
–Library Journal

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