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20 new books hitting shelves this week.

Katie Yee

February 8, 2022, 4:31am

There’s Throwback Thursday and Caturday and Selfie Sunday, and I would really just like to know when we’re going to make New Books Tuesday happen, you guys. I mean, just look at this treasure trove of new books hitting shelves this week. Tell your friends. #NewBooksDay. It’s a thing.


Come Over Come Over

Lynda Barry, Come Over Come Over
(Drawn & Quarterly)

“Unsettling, comedic, and awkward vignettes make readers squirm with uncomfortable self-recognition—and shared hope.”

Rebecca Mead, Home/Land: A Memoir of Departure and Return

Rebecca Mead, Home/Land

“The author’s commentary on these and other phenomena is unfailingly insightful, precise, and well written, as one might expect from a longtime New Yorker writer.”

Heather Havrilesky, Foreverland: On the Divine Tedium of Marriage

Heather Havrilesky, Foreverland

“With acerbic humor and keen wit, Havrilesky explores the complicated emotions associated with major milestones in her life … Havrilesky’s candid reflections will delight those who’ve taken the plunge, for better or for worse.”
–Publishers Weekly

Very Cold People

Sarah Manguso, Very Cold People

“With glacial precision and mordant wit, Manguso delineates a milieu in which class and gender get silenced by lip service to the American dream.”
–The Star Tribune

Heather O’Neill, When We Lost Our Heads

Heather O’Neill, When We Lost Our Heads

“O’Neill’s sharp descriptions and her prose’s archaic slant successfully immerse readers in the period.”
–Publishers Weekly

Nobody's Magic_Destiny O. Birdsong

Destiny O. Birdsong, Nobody’s Magic
(Grand Central)

“Rather than overlap, the novellas resonate with one another, allowing Birdsong, a poet, to display an impressive range of perspectives.”
–The New York Times Book Review

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Jessica Au, Cold Enough for Snow
(New Directions)

“Au’s novel, written without any chapter breaks, deftly uses stream of consciousness to explore the legacy of inherited family traits and the difficulty of breaking away.”
–The New York Times Book Review

Dirty Bird Blues

Clarence Major, Dirty Bird Blues
(Penguin Classics)

“He’s a rhythmic writer with a good ear for the music of the American vernacular … a novel that’s moving—and highly enjoyable.”
–Publishers Weekly

Jawbone_Monica Ojeda

Mónica Ojeda, tr. Sarah Booker, Jawbone
(Coffee House Press)

“There are echoes of Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson at play, but the vision is ultimately Ojeda’s own—delicious in how it seduces and disturbs the reader as the girls rely on horror both as entertainment and as a way of staving off the actual terrors of growing up. This is creepy good fun.”
–Publishers Weekly

Coco Mellors, Cleopatra and Frankenstein

Coco Mellors, Cleopatra and Frankenstein

“At its core, it’s a novel about how love and lovers are easily misinterpreted and how romantic troubles affect friends and family. A canny and engrossing rewiring of the big-city romance.”

Imogen Crimp, A Very Nice Girl
(Henry Holt)

“An absorbing novel – the unravelling of Anna’s career and the increasing constriction of her relationship are gripping without feeling mechanically plotted.”
–The Guardian

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A. J. Baime, White Lies

“In White Lies, Baime engagingly points the spotlight on one of the most significant figures in American history, whose story deserves to be far more widely known.”

Grace Lavery_Please Miss

Grace Lavery, Please Miss
(Seal Press)

“Essayist and UC Berkeley professor Lavery debuts with a surreal speculative memoir that’s by turns engrossing and impenetrable … LGBTQ literati will find much to explore.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Brian Tierney, Rise and Float

“This powerful collection offers readers a probing, visual, tactile exploration of the past, while allowing space for tenderness and understanding.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Linda Hirshman, The Color of Abolition

“A well-researched history of the fraught path to emancipation.”

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Marco Missiroli, Fidelity
(George Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

“Clever[ly] structured with characters criss-crossing through one another’s lives and the streets of Milan, with the second half of the book taking place nine years later, Fidelity teems with pain and pleasure, blood, sweat, and semen.”
–The Evening Standard

Eliza Reid_Secrets of the Sprakkar

Eliza Reid, Secrets of the Sprakkar

“Reid writes in hopes that the rest of the world might see Iceland as a model, and, in addition to agreeing with her, I also recommend her short, well-written, amusing and detailed book.”
–The Washington Post

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Jeremy W. Peters, Insurgency

“…this is a cogent and accessible history of how the GOP got to where it is today.”
–Publishers Weekly

Cost of Living_Emily Maloney

Emily Maloney, Cost of Living
(Henry Holt)

“[A] fascinating new essay collection that considers what it means to give, and receive, care. It’s a book that couldn’t be more timely.”
–The Star Tribune

Chuck Klosterman, The Nineties

Chuck Klosterman, The Nineties
(Penguin Press)

“With humor and history (supported by articles, TV news segments, advertisements, and interviews), Klosterman’s volume is the perfect guide for millennials who wear vintage t-shirts ironically.”
–Library Journal

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