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19 new titles for your TBR pile.

Katie Yee

September 15, 2020, 11:57am

While we here at Lit Hub wholeheartedly believe that every season is the right season to curl up with a good book, there’s just something about the fall! Hot coffee, cozy sweaters, decorative gourds, vanilla candles. It’s a #bookstagram dream. And here, dear reader, we have 20 new titles for you to fall into this week.


Susanna Clarke, Piranesi

Susanna Clarke, Piranesi

“As a work of fiction, it’s spectacular; an irresistibly unspooling mystery set in a world of original strangeness, revealing a set of ideas that will stay lodged in your head long after you’ve finished reading.”
–The Times


Vigdis Hjorth, Long Live the Post Horn!

Vigdis Hjorth, Long Live the Post Horn!

“The ordinary becomes vibrant and life affirming in Long Live the Post Horn!, an engrossing novel about how even hopeless battles are worth fighting.”
–Foreword Reviews


homeland elegies ayad akhtar

Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies
(Little, Brown)

“The many unacknowledged failures of American policy and the coarsening of popular attitudes form the matrix in which Akhtar’s stories grow. He has an unerring sense for the sore spots, the bitter truths that have emerged from this history.”
–The New York Times Book Review


Scholastique Mukasonga, tr. Jordan Stump, Igifu

“Despite the undeniable terror, Mukasonga’s storytelling proves illuminating and resilient.”
–Shelf Awareness


dance on saturday_elwin cotman

Elwin Cotman, Dance on Saturday
(Small Beer Press)

“I’ll speak instead of Cotman’s high dialect and lewd lyricism, of how his fashioning of character voices is superbly disciplined, lit from within, while his lyricism is the realm of bawdy jokes and opacity, a kind of literary trolling.”
–The New York Times Book Review


awkward black man, walter mosley

Walter Mosley, The Awkward Black Man
(Grove Press)

“Fifty-plus books into his career, Mosley hasn’t run out of inspired plots, and his interest in social issues remains acute.”
–Shelf Awareness


Micah Nemerever, These Violent Delights

Micah Nemerever, These Violent Delights

“Few novelists make an impression as quickly and effectively as Micah Nemerever does in his stirring debut, an explosively erotic and erudite thriller.”


high as the waters rise

Anja Kampmann, tr. Anne Posten, High as the Waters Rise

“Kampmann captures the visceral uneasiness that arises from second guessing one’s past.”
–Publishers Weekly


the caretaker_doon arbus

Doon Arbus, The Caretaker
(New Directions)

“What makes The Caretaker so immensely pleasurable to read is the artistic talent Arbus shares with her mother. They both possess an unusual species of attention.”


Like a Bird, Fariha Roisin

Fariha Róisín, Like a Bird
(Unnamed Press)

“Róisín is masterly in her visceral representation of Taylia’s despair and rage, her depression and self-loathing, and her inability to be open to even small acts of kindness.”
–Library Journal


the glass house_beatrice colin

Beatrice Colin, The Glass House

“Colin’s final work is a fine achievement.”
–Publishers Weekly


Ken Follett_The Evening and the Morning

Ken Follett, The Evening and the Morning

“The secret to writing a successful series is giving the reader more of the same, with variation. It’s a trick Follett has mastered with this series.”
–The Washington Independent Review of Books


Bob Woodward, Rage
(Simon & Schuster)

“This devastating report will leave a lasting mark.”
–Publishers Weekly


Wade Davis, Magdalena: River of Dreams

“Davis is a powerful, penetrating and immensely knowledgeable writer.”
–The Guardian


five days_wes moore

Wes Moore, Five Days
(One World)

“[A] visceral collective portrait of a community beset by poverty and injustice.”


Alex Ross, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

Alex Ross, Wagnerism

“[A] superb chronicle of obsession, intoxication, hyperbolic exultation, appropriation, exploitation, repudiation, transmutation, and perpetual reinvention—an aerial view of a culture’s nervous system as it responds to an unexpected stimulus.”


caitlin moran_more than a woman

Caitlin Moran, More Than a Woman

“Her honesty might make you gasp. It will certainly make you laugh out loud. But it will also make you think.”
–The Sunday Times


kenneth catania_great adaptations

Kenneth Catania, Great Adaptations
(Princeton University Press)

“The irresistible enthusiasm of Great Adaptations couldn’t come at a better time.”
–The Wall Street Journal


J. W. Ocker_Cursed Objects

J. W. Ocker, Cursed Objects
(Quirk Books)

“This book is so fun that I couldn’t put it down. It reminded me that life is short, death is nigh and a little humor can help us seize the day just as well as a memento mori.”
–The New York Times


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