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20 hot new books coming out this week.

Katie Yee

June 8, 2021, 4:48am

Yes, it’s true, HOT BOOK SUMMER has arrived.


Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

“The comedy that runs through Everyone Knows is a magical brew of absurdity and brutality. Galchen has a Kafkaesque sense of the way the exercise of authority inflates egos and twists logic.”
–The Washington Post

Dear Senthuran

Akwaeke Emezi, Dear Senthuran

“A unique, visceral memoir from the author of The Death of Vivek Oji (2020).”

Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo, Animal
(Avid Reader Press)

Animal will confirm [Taddeo’s] status as a pre-eminent channeller of women’s interior lives.”
–The Financial Times

Kate Zambreno, To Write as if Already Dead

Kate Zambreno, To Write As If Already Dead
(Columbia University Press)

“In this clever hybrid work, Zambreno (Drifts) interrogates her fascination with French writer and photographer Hervé Guibert.”
–Publishers Weekly

Lawrence Wright, The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

Lawrence Wright, The Plague Year

“Wright cuts through misinformation to present nearly every aspect of the year 2020, including the biological breakthroughs of vaccines, personal tragedies, and collective trauma.”
–Library Journal

In: A Graphic Novel Will McPhail

Will McPhail, In
(Houghton Mifflin)

“A] breakout graphic novel… The characters in In are absolutely delightful.”

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty, Diary of a Young Naturalist

“It’s a book that succeeds in describing the deep and complex pleasure of immersion in nature.”
–The Guardian

Home Made_Liz Hauck

Liz Hauck, Home Made
(Dial Press)

“Hauck’s sensitive memoir honors the boys she nourished. A captivating debut.”

Hola Papi, John Paul Brammer

John Paul Brammer, Hola Papi
(Simon & Schuster)

“Readers are likely to become addicted to these stories; they’re that good. Beautifully written…the stories run a gamut of emotions that readers will share.”

laurie frankel_one two three

Laurie Frankel, One Two Three
(Henry Holt)

“Clever, charming, and always on message.”

Cheated, Andy Martino

Andy Martino, Cheated

“This account serves as a nice addition to the growing canon of books about sports scandals.”
–Publishers Weekly

Forget the Alamo

Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, and Jason Stanford, Forget the Alamo
(Penguin Press)

“A zesty, journalistic, half history, half sendup about the battle of the Alamo and the myths that cling to it.”

Catherine Steadman_The Disappearing Act

Catherine Steadman, The Disappearing Act

“This tale of Hollywood glamour, cruelty, and myth is sure to win Steadman new fans.”
–Publishers Weekly

Paul Mendez, Rainbow Milk

Paul Mendez, Rainbow Milk

“[An] erotic and fearlessly explicit debut.”
–The Guardian

the burning blue

Kevin Cook, The Burning Blue
(Henry Holt)

“…this is an informative overview of a preventable tragedy that looms large in the history of the space program.”
–Publishers Weekly

Anne Seba, Ethel Rosenberg
(St. Martin’s Press)

“The author compellingly narrates Ethel’s early life, the course of her relationship with the brother whose perjury sent her to the electric chair, and both her difficulties as a mother and her commitment to overcoming them.”

Mohamed Kheir, tr. Robin Moger, Slipping

Mohamed Kheir, Slipping
(Two Lines Press)

“Kheir demonstrates a marvelous imagination and harnesses the magic of storytelling. Readers are in for a treat.”
–Publishers Weekly

Michael Kleber-Diggs_Worldly Things

Michael Kleber-Diggs, Worldly Things

“Although his subjects are often serious, Kleber-Diggs’ warm, extroverted manner defies the poet stereotype of a shy wallflower sequestered in a garret.”
–Star Tribune

Skye Papers_Jamika Ajalon

Jamika Ajalon, Skye Papers
(Amethyst Editions / Feminist Press)

“A tightly written and compelling psychedelic adventure.”

The President's Daughter_clinton and patterson

Bill Clinton and James Patterson, The President’s Daughter
(Little, Brown)

“Patterson’s storytelling skills combined with Clinton’s deep knowledge of the government make for a page-turning synergy.”

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