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    20 brand new books to pick up today.

    Katie Yee

    September 8, 2020, 11:29am

    And somehow the long weekend is over! I hope this blog post finds you relaxed, well-rested, and ready to read. This week, we’ve got new books from Sigrid Nunez, Claudia Rankine, Ruth Ware, Ross Gay, Jane Fonda, and much, much more to look forward to.


    Sigrid Nunez, What Are You Going Through

    Sigrid Nunez, What Are You Going Through

    “It takes something more than intelligence to be able to write intelligently … Whatever it is, Sigrid Nunez has it.”
    –The New York Times


    Claudia Rankine, Just Us

    Claudia Rankine, Just Us

    “Employing her signature collagelike approach, she avoids polemics, instead earnestly speculating about the possibility of interracial understanding … In Just Us, Rankine the poet becomes an anthropologist.”
    –The Atlanic


    Ruth Ware, One By One

    Ruth Ware, One By One
    (Gallery/Scout Press)

    “This one is especially timely, given that the terror of isolation is at its heart.”


    What Can I Do_Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda, What Can I Do?
    (Penguin Press)

    “This is a useful and appealing primer on environmental activism.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    Lucille Clifton, ed. Aracelis Girmay, How to Carry Water: Selected Poems

    Lucille Clifton, How to Carry Water
    (BOA Editions)

    “Each poem is always its own world.”
    –The New York Times


    Marie Ndiaye, tr. Jordan Stump, That Time of Year

    Marie Ndiaye, tr. Jordan Stump, That Time of Year
    (Two Lines)

    “NDiaye is writing a literature both innovative and incredible.”
    –The New Republic


    Mary Cappello, Lecture

    “After reading this eloquent book, anyone will agree that, even with the ever-increasing rise of student-directed learning and online education, the lecture is not archaic, but rather waiting for a vital new mode.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    Sulaiman Addonia, Silence Is My Mother Tongue

    Sulaiman Addonia, Silence Is My Mother Tongue

    “A memorable chronicle about ‘the bitterness of exile’ and the endurance of the spirit.”


    Tatiana Ryckman, The Ancestry of Objects

    Tatiana Ryckman, The Ancestry of Objects
    (Deep Vellum)

    “Readers of lyrical, genre-bending fiction will be spellbound.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    Ross Gay, Be Holding: A Poem

    Ross Gay, Be Holding
    (University of Pittsburgh Press)

    “This extraordinary book offers an unforgettable flight from the conventional boundaries of the sentence.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    Sue Miller, Monogamy

    Sue Miller, Monogamy

    “A salute to Sue Miller for diving into the domestic dramas that play out in many an American family.”
    –Minneapolis Star Tribune


    M. O. Walsh_the big door prize

    M. O. Walsh, The Big Door Prize
    (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

    “More than solving societal ills, The Big Door Prize calls attention to the ordinary, hard-won joys of real people.”


    Dear Ann_Bobbie Ann Mason

    Bobbie Ann Mason, Dear Ann

    “A writer of power and sympathy, insight and great love for her characters.”


    self-portrait with russian piano_wolf wondratschek

    Wolf Wondratschek, tr. Marshall Yarbrough, Self-Portrait with Russian Piano

    “Wondratschek’s deeply felt meditation on the joys and sorrows of a life in music delivers the goods.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    worked over_jamie k mccallum

    Jamie K. McCallum, Worked Over
    (Basic Books)

    “A sobering analysis of quasi-Orwellian tactics that permeate American work life.”


    Stephen Hawking_Leonard Mlodinow

    Leonard Mlodinow, Stephen Hawking

    “An illuminating portrait of perseverance and determination. A valuable account of an extraordinary man.”


    Daniel Mendelsohn, Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative and Fate

    Daniel Mendelsohn, Three Rings
    (University of Virginia Press)

    “Bringing together memoir, history, and literary analysis, critic Mendelsohn delivers a fine study of digression, exile, and circularity.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    the invention of sound_chuck palahniuk

    Chuck Palahniuk, The Invention of Sound
    (Grand Central Publishing)

    “One of the most feverish imaginations in American letters.”
    –The Washington Post


    a user's guide to democracy_nic capodice and hannah mccarthy

    Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy, A User’s Guide to Democracy
    (Celadon Books)

    “[An] informative and appealing civics lesson for first-time voters and old hands alike.”
    –Publishers Weekly


    selected works of audre lorde

    Audre Lorde, ed. Roxane Gay, The Selected Works of Audre Lorde
    (W. W. Norton)

    “An essential anthology that challenges our 21st-century social and political consciousness.”

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