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    20 new books for your midsummer reading.

    Katie Yee

    June 15, 2021, 4:53am

    Need a book to take to the park? You’re in luck… It’s New Books Tuesday!


    Jonathan Lee, The Great Mistake

    Jonathan Lee, The Great Mistake

    “[A] seriously entertaining fictional recreation of the life and violent death of a forgotten giant in the history of New York City, Andrew Haswell Green.”
    –The Times

    Yan Lianke, Hard Like Water

    Yan Lianke, tr. Carlos Rojas, Hard Like Water

    “Yan’s signature biting wit creates another indelible work of bittersweet humor and sociopolitical insight.”

    Anne Seghers, tr. Margot Bettauer Dembo, The Dead Girls' Class Trip

    Anna Seghers, The Dead Girls’ Class Trip

    “Seghers’s masterly title story, written near the end of the war, casts an idyllic school outing in a dark pall, anticipating the fates of the innocent children. The result is classic European storytelling at its most potent.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    James Ellroy_Widespread panic

    James Ellroy, Widespread Panic

    “Purgatory is rarely this much fun.”
    –Financial Times

    Resistance_Val McDermid

    Val McDermid, Resistance
    (Atlantic Monthly)

    “Scottish crime writer McDermid takes a stab at bio-noir in this spare but riveting graphic novel tracking a pandemic.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Alex Michaelides, The Maidens

    Alex Michaelides, The Maidens

    “Mariana’s therapy experience introduces a fresh forensic-psychology perspective to ever-popular themes of Greek tragedy and insular academia.”

    Laura Raicovich, Culture Strike 

    Culture Strike is a must-read account of how museums have positioned themselves as progressive while working hard to maintain the status quo.”
    –Aruna D’souza

    to poison a nation_andrew baker

    Andrew Baker, To Poison a Nation
    (New Press)

    “An eye-opening excavation of a little-known American tragedy.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    The Natural Mother of the Child

    Krys Malcolm Belc, The Natural Mother of a Child

    “This is a beautiful memoir of parenthood and selfhood that promises to expand the canon of literary writing on caregiving and identity.”
    –The Millions

    Genesis P-Orridge_Nonbinary

    Genesis P-Orridge, Nonbinary
    (Abrams Press)

    “An entertaining and thoughtful book about a remarkable life that consistently embraced transformation.”

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    L. Jon Wertheim, Glory Days
    (Houghton Mifflin)

    Sports Illustrated executive editor Wertheim (Blood in the Cage) offers an occasionally entertaining history of developments in sports and culture during the summer of 1984.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    George Packer, Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal

    George Packer, Last Best Hope

    “A thought-provoking study in civics, history, and the decline and fall of self-government.”


    Brandon P. Fleming, Miseducated

    “An inspiring page-turner for all readers, especially those seeking to overcome significant obstacles to find success.”


    John Tresch, The Reason for the Darkness of the Night

    “While Tresch addresses the common impression of Poe as a “morbid dreamer” and a penniless writer, he takes things further by offering a nimble account of the emerging science of Poe’s day. Fans of Poe’s work—and science enthusiasts­—will appreciate Tresch’s fresh angle.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Kai Bird_The Outlier

    Kai Bird, The Outlier

    “The best study to date of the Carter era and a substantial contribution to the history of the 1970s.”

    Ruth Scurr, Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows

    Ruth Scurr, Napoleon

    “Even readers well-versed in Napoleon’s rise and fall will learn something new from this gracefully written and imaginatively conceived portrait.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan

    Donal Ryan, Strange Flowers

    “Fans of Sebastian Barry and Anne Enright will love this delicate and lush portrait.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Claire Boyles_Site Fidelity

    Claire Boyles, Site Fidelity
    (W. W. Norton)

    “Deliberate and compelling.”

    Chris Offutt, The Killing Hills

    Chris Offutt, The Killing Hills

    “Rural crime fiction that kicks like a mule.”

    Lin-Manuel Miranda_In the Heights

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights
    (Random House)

    “Behind-the-scenes tales of the impetus behind the story, songs, choreography, casting, costumes, and sets are instructive and entrancing, but what is most compelling is testimony about how this musical about a community ended up forging new communities and awakening a new appreciation for home in cast and audiences alike.”

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