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20 new books coming out today.

Katie Yee

May 12, 2020, 9:45am

You know what they say: April showers bring May books. Here’s today’s brand-new batch coming to (virtual) bookstores near you. Consider this a friendly reminder that it’s never a bad idea to support your local indie.


Samantha Harvey, The Shapeless Unease 
(Grove Press)

“This memoir churns deep in the soul. Here is a talented writer plumbing her personal experience as deeply as she can. The results are staggeringly beautiful.”
–Shelf Awareness


Tracy O'Neill, Quotients

Tracy O’Neill, Quotients 
(Soho Press)

“This is a poignant lament for our time’s lost generation, which may be all of us.”


Tim Etchells, Endland 
(And Other Stories)

“Etchells makes sparks fly by allowing the mythic to rub against grubby everyday existence.”
The Observer


Olivia Laing, Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency

Olivia Laing, Funny Weather 
(W.W. Norton)

“Yes, you’re in for a treat … There are few voices that we can reliably read widely these days, but I would read Laing writing about proverbial paint drying.”
The Irish Times


man of tomorrow

Jim Newton, Man of Tomorrow 
(Little Brown)

“Newton brings his deep knowledge of California politics to an engaging, sympathetic biography of the state’s 34th and 39th governor, Jerry Brown.”


Francesca Momplaisir, My Mother’s House 

“Momplaisir’s arresting take on the abuse of male power will long haunt the reader.”
Publishers Weekly


Richard Ford, Sorry for Your Trouble

Richard Ford, Sorry For Your Trouble 

“Once again, virtuoso Ford deftly sails the seas and storms of consciousness.”


Lauren Francis-Sharma, Book of the Little Axe

Lauren Francis-Sharma, Book of the Little Axe 
(Atlantic Monthly)

“Francis-Sharma’s prose shines in this epic and propulsive historical novel.”
–The Millions


we had no rules

Corinne Manning, We Had No Rules 
(Arsenal Pulp Press)

“Manning’s debut collection exquisitely examines queer relationships with equal parts humor, heartache, and titillation.”
–Publishers Weekly


Lydia Millet, A Children's Bible

Lydia Millet, A Children’s Bible 
(W. W. Norton)

“With brilliant restraint, Millet conceives her own low-key ‘bible’ … an exotic but still decodable shred of evidence from the lost world that is the world we are living in right now.”
–The New York Times Book Review



Ian Zack, Odetta 
(Beacon Press)

“Those unaware of her work will be compelled to learn more. An illuminating, stirring biography of the extraordinary ‘Queen of American Folk.'”
–Library Journal


lou gehrig

Alan D. Gaff, Lou Gehrig 
(Simon & Schuster)

“A fitting tribute to an inspiring baseball legend.”
–Publishers Weekly


Elisabeth Thomas, Catherine House

Elisabeth Thomas, Catherine House 
(Custom House)

“For fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me GoCatherine House is a haunting, atmospheric reflection on the discovery of self and others.”


A. Kendra Greene, The Museum of Whales You Will Never See

A. Kendra Greene, The Museum of Whales You Will Never See 
(Penguin Books)

The Museum of Whales provides a much-needed detour to a place most of us won’t ever get to see.”


Nancy Thorndike Greenspan, Atomic Spy 

“A detailed and authoritative yet equally interesting and readable study.”
–Library Journal


Jill Watts, The Black Cabinet

Jill Watts, The Black Cabinet 
(Grove Press)

“[A] groundbreaking reappraisal of an unheralded chapter in the battle for civil rights.”
–Publishers Weekly


Richard Haass, The World 
(Penguin Press)

“Haas’s broad survey may make a useful introduction for neophytes.”
–Publishers Weekly



Julianne Pachico, The Anthill 

“Vivid and at times surreal, this assured novel cements Pachico’s reputation as a gifted writer to watch.”


Scott Turow, The Last Trial
(Grand Central Publishing)

“Serious readers should be reading Turow, because he is not just one of our best crime novelists; he is also one of our better novelists.”
–The New York Times


Marisa de los Santos, I’d Give Anything 
(William Morrow)

“De los Santos’s heartfelt latest illustrates how tragedy can be overcome by love, honesty, and forgiveness.”
–Publishers Weekly

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