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20 new books to add to your TBR pile.

Katie Yee

January 12, 2021, 9:16am

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but your TBR pile absolutely does NOT have too many books and whoever said that to you is a jerk! Here are 20 new titles coming out today to add to the list. That’ll show ’em!


George Saunders, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

George Saunders, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
(Random House)

“This book is a delight, and it’s about delight too. How necessary, at our particular moment.”
–The Guardian

Gabriel Byrne, Walking with Ghosts

Gabriel Byrne, Walking with Ghosts
(Grove Press)

“[A] remarkably intimate new memoir by the Irish actor and star of Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, and HBO’s In Treatment.”
–Air Mail

Madeleine Watts, The Inland Sea

Madeleine Watts, The Inland Sea

“In magnificently entwining the narrator’s physical unravelling with that of the spiralling climate crisis, The Inland Sea feels both urgent and alive. It’s a lush, original Bildungsroman for a terrifying new world.”
–Financial Times


Nadia Owusu, Aftershocks
(Simon & Schuster)

“In a literary landscape rich with diaspora memoirs, Owusu’s painful yet radiant story rises to the forefront.”
–O Magazine

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Sarah Moss, Summerwater

“In Summerwater, as in Ghost Wall, Moss’s politics are crystal clear; but it’s the messy complexities and frailties we all harbour about which she has the most to say.”
–The Guardian

James Comey_Saving Justice

James Comey, Saving Justice

“Comey revealed the crucial moments of his confrontation with the president in his 2018 memoir, A Higher Loyalty. They are rehashed here, but within the context of a larger theme: the national descent from strict, fact-based truth into a feckless mirage of ‘truthiness.'”
–The New York Times Book Review

Torrey Peters, Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters, Detransition, Baby
(One World)

“A wonderfully original exploration of desire and the evolving shape of family.”

Kevin Barry, That Old Country Music

Kevin Barry, That Old Country Music

“Barry holds myth-making and dull reality in teasing balance, with a kind of comic double vision winking at the operatic and the bathetic by turns.”
–The Guardian

Danielle Geller, Dog Flowers

Danielle Geller, Dog Flowers
(One World)

“In this stirring debut memoir, Geller uses her late mother’s ephemera to recollect her own fractured childhood and reconstructs her mother’s life.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Mariana Enriquez, tr. Megan McDowell, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

“The alleys and slums of Buenos Aires supply the backdrop to Enriquez’s harrowing and utterly original collection.”
–Publishers Weekly


Bette Howland, W-3
(Public Space Books)

“A compassionate, trenchant, and hilarious ethnographer of eccentricities and dysfunction.”

The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison

Jamie Harrison, The Center of Everything

“A sharply intelligent, warmhearted embrace of human imperfection—the kind of book that invites a second reading.”

Julian Bond's Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Moment by Julian Bond

Julian Bond, Julian Bond’s Time To Teach
(Beacon Press)

“[Bond’s] meticulously documented accounts provide day-by-day replays of monumental events, enlivened by contemporary media coverage, interviews, police reports, and even jail-cell chatter.”

Daniel Loedel, Hades, Argentina

“A complex and intimate meditation on love, guilt, and the decisions that haunt us forever.”

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Matthew Dicks, The Other Mother
(St. Martin’s)

“Dicks nails Michael’s inner thoughts and dialogue, and his portrayals of his relationships (with his siblings and the psychologist in particular) are refreshingly sweet.”

The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus, The Collected Stories of Allan Gurganus

“Gurganus’s vital collection (after Lost Souls) portrays small-town Americans, mostly oddballs and misfits, at moments of self-discovery as recounted in their own authentic voices.”
–Publishers Weekly

Victoria Gosling, Before the Ruins

Victoria Gosling, Before the Ruins
(Henry Holt)

“The gorgeous, poetic prose perfectly complements the suspenseful plot. Gosling is off to a terrific start.”
–Publishers Weekly

Paraic O'Donnell_The House on Vesper Sands

Paraic O’Donnell, The House on Vesper Sands
(Tin House)

“It takes a certain audacity to write a novel that tips its hat so mischievously to the most celebrated Victorian novelist, but Paraic O’Donnell has more than enough talent to get away with it.”
–The Irish Times

Olga Grushin, The Charmed Wife

Olga Grushin, The Charmed Wife
(G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

“An absorbing study of marriage, divorce, self, and responsibility, threaded with numerous retold fairytales and rendered in prescient, gorgeous language. Highly recommended.”
–Library Journal

The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene by Richard Greene

Richard Greene, The Unquiet Englishman
(W. W. Norton)

“It’s awe-inspiring that Greene fit so much into a single life, and it’s no small feat that his latest biographer has so skillfully captured that life in a single work.”
–Publishers Weekly

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