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    19 new books to read in the safety of an air-conditioned room.

    Katie Yee

    June 28, 2022, 8:23am

    I’m looking at the weather for this upcoming week, and oh boy it’s going to be a scorcher! If you’re looking for me, you will find me in the cool embrace of the nearest air-conditioned library/bookstore, where these new books will be available.


    Melville House

    Joan Didion: The Last Interview
    (Melville House)

    “Little about her writing goes undiscussed. The Last Interview highlights the complex person behind both the image and the pen.”

    Lidia Yuknavitch, Thrust

    “Lidia Yuknavitch’s extraordinary new novel is the weirdest, most mind-blowing book about America I’ve ever inhaled…Part history, part prophecy, all fever dream, Thrust offers a radical critique of the foundational ideals that conceal our persistent national crimes.”
    –The Washington Post

    Patrick Radden Keefe, Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

    Patrick Radden Keefe, Rogues

    “Each of these stories could make a book in itself, not to mention an engrossing feature or documentary film … [Keefe] does pay his unique subjects the compliment of his world-class attention, in works of deadline prose that shock, inform and entertain.”
    –The Wall Street Journal

    Davey Davis_X

    Davey Davis, X

    “Davis (The Earthquake Room) delivers an astonishing speculative tale of sex, power, and gender … It’s just one of many ravishing explorations of the margins of a punishing world. This one hits hard.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Tomi Obaro_Dele Weds Destiny

    Tomi Obaro, Dele Weds Destiny

    “The intricacies of female friendships and the complex nature of mother/daughter relationships are at the heart of this absorbing novel from BuzzFeed culture editor Obaro, a sharp new voice on the literary scene.”
    –Library Journal

    Wesley Straton, The Bartender’s Cure

    “This illuminating paean to mixology is best read at your favorite bar or with ingredients nearby.”

    Jess Walter, The Angel of Rome: And Other Stories

    Jess Walter, The Angel of Rome

    “Reading Walter’s perceptive collection (after The Cold Millions) is like sitting next to the guy at a dinner party who has something hilarious to say about everyone and knows all their secrets.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Mat Johnson_Invisible Things

    Mat Johnson, Invisible Things
    (One World)

    “His writing style is fairly cerebral, which mutes some of the emotional impact, and that’s the point: Johnson has an argument to make, and the story humanizes it enough for it to really hit home.”

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    Shashi Bhat, The Most Precious Substance on Earth
    (Grand Central)

    “Bhat (The Family Took Shape) balances humor and pathos in this savvy coming-of-age story set in Halifax, Nova Scotia.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Julia Shaw, Bi
    (Abrams Press)

    “She is persuasive in her insistence that bisexuality is an important and overlooked dimension of the human story. An accessible, often insightful consideration of a misunderstood sexual identity.”

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    Meron Hadero, A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times
    (Restless Books)

    “Told with fierce honesty and compassion, Madero’s collection lives up to its title, providing a flavorful, nourishing feast.”
    –Shelf Awareness

    Maddie Mortimer_Maps of our spectacular bodies

    Maddie Mortimer, Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies

    “Using word placement, font, and shape to create images on the page, Mortimer deepens the reader’s engagement with the story and characters … Through breathtaking attention to detail, Mortimer crafts a stunning novel that touches on the expanses one life can contain.”

    Miranda Seymour_I used to live here once

    Miranda Seymour, I Used to Live Here Once
    (W. W. Norton)

    I Used to Live Here Once—the biography takes its brilliantly apt title from one of Rhys’s ghost stories—is shot through with madness … Half its cast are half crazy, and most of the rest are as creepy as hell.”
    –The Guardian

    Nikki Erlick, The Measure
    (William Morrow)

    “Perfect for book clubs, Erlick’s The Measure is equal parts charming and thought-provoking.”
    –Marie Claire

    Andrew Liptak, Cosplay: A History
    (Gallery/Saga Press)

    “Seasoned writer, journalist, and historian Liptak dives deep into the research and history surrounding cosplay with this debut book. Delving into cosplay’s past and present, he also writes in detail about how this genre-bending art form will continue manifesting itself into the future.”

    W. Steve Sem-Sandberg

    Steve Sem-Sandberg, tr. Saskia Vogel, W.
    (Overlook Press)

    W., by Swedish novelist Steve Sem-Sandberg, is the latest work of tribute and elaboration. Though the bleak, despairing mood of this novel comes from Büchner, Mr. Sem-Sandberg takes his story from Woyzeck’s real life rather than the play’s many distortions.”
    –The Wall Street Journal

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    James Gavin, George Michael: A Life
    (Abrams Press)

    “Gavin’s real stories of triumphs and tragedies poignantly explain one of pop’s most enigmatic stars.”

    Jay Wellons_All that moves us

    Jay Wellons, All That Moves Us
    (Random House)

    “…engaging … The author provides vivid, often gruesomely detailed chronicles of his procedures.”


    Alfred Sadler and Blair Sadler, Pluck
    (Silicon Valley Press)

    “An inspiring story of crucial and familiar aspects of the health care system.”

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