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20 new books to get from your local indie today.

Katie Yee

January 26, 2021, 10:49am

Now that a certain someone is banned from Twitter, that really begs the question: What are you going to do with all those hours you used to spend doomscrolling? I mean, I know we’re all still doomscrolling, but surely this frees up a tiny bit of time and brain space? If you ask me, that would be time well spent going to your local indies, and brain space better used up on these new books.

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Joan Didion, Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Joan Didion, Let Me Tell You What I Mean
(Knopf)

“In nearly every paragraph, though, are hallmarks of what Als calls ‘the Didion gaze’ — the callbacks and repetitions, the clean snap of a telling detail, the almost pathological aversion to sentiment and cliché.”
–Entertainment Weekly

Sarah Jaffe, Work Won't Love You Back

Sarah Jaffe, Work Won’t Love You Back
(Bold Type)

“Working people of all stripes have much to learn from this book.”
–Kirkus

The Copenhagen Trilogy

Tove Ditlevsen, tr. Tina Nunnally and Michael Favala Goldman, The Copenhagen Trilogy
(FSG)

“The force of her writing is not to be found in her superior endurance skills or moral strength, but in the precision with which she uses words and unexpected images.”
–The Times Literary Supplement (UK)

Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar

Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar
(Overlook Press)

“This is an intelligent debut, deserving of its Booker shortlisting. Burnt Sugar is sorrowful, sceptical and electrifyingly truthful about mothers and daughters.”
–The Guardian (UK)

Charles Wheelan, We Came, We Saw, We Left
(W. W. Norton)

“A sprightly account of an unusual family vacation: a nine-month-long Marco Polo-ish odyssey often visiting nontraditional tourist destination.”
–The Star Tribune

american baby

Gabrielle Glaser, American Baby
(Viking)

“Glaser tells a singular story to illuminate a universal truth.”
–The New York Times Book Review

Cicely Tyson_Just As I Am

Cicely Tyson, Just as I Am
(Harper)

“A forthright self-portrait of a determined woman and iconic cultural figure.”
–Kirkus

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Robert D. Kaplan, The Good American
(Random House)

“It’s an unexpected and entirely winning biography of Gersony, who worked as a U.S. foreign policy consultant during the ‘golden age’ of American diplomacy.”
–The Christian Science Monitor

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David Hardin, Standpipe
(Belt Publishing)

“A heartfelt portrait of a city, and a man, grieving.”
–Kirkus

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Mike Chen, We Could Be Heroes
(Mira Books)

“…fans of the genre will enjoy how thoroughly and gleefully Chen ticks off the checklist of superhero tropes.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Eman Quotah, Bride of the Sea
(Tin House)

“Quotah’s deft characterization and pacing, combined with an inside look at Saudi Arabian life, make this debut a compelling and worthy read.”
–Booklist

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David Pogue, How to Prepare for Climate Change
(Simon & Schuster)

“Practicality, awareness, and survivalism converge in a sturdy cautionary handbook on enduring Earth’s new realities.”
–Kirkus

The Hare_Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn, The Hare
(Two Dollar Radio)

“This is a page-turner about a tough woman and her con-artist lout of a partner, and I will eat my laptop if it doesn’t get optioned for TV or film the minute it hits bookshelves.”
–Vulture

Robert E. Lee and Me_Ty Seidule

Ty Seidule, Robert E. Lee and Me
(St. Martin’s Press)

“This heartfelt history has a worthy message.”
–Publishers Weekly

Edward Carey, The Swallowed Man

Edward Carey, The Swallowed Man
(Riverhead)

“A deep and grimly whimsical exploration of what it means to be a son, a father, and an artist.”
–Kirkus

Ben Montgomery_A Shot in the Moonlight

Ben Montgomery, A Shot in the Moonlight
(Little, Brown)

“[A] rewarding and well-documented look at a neglected chapter in the fight for racial justice.”
–Publishers Weekly

Ae-ran Kim_My Brilliant Life

Ae-ran Kim, tr. Chi-Young Kim, My Brilliant Life
(Forge)

“This slim book has so much heart, packing quite an emotional investment into its 208 pages. As fleeting as Areum’s fictional life may be, he will not be a character easily forgotten.”
–BookPage

Maurice Chammah, Let the Lord Sort Them
(Crown)

“…this is a thorough, finely written, and unflinching look at one of the most controversial aspects of the American justice system.”
–Publishers Weekly

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John Ghazvinian, America and Iran
(Knopf)

“In this relevant, highly elucidating work, Ghazvinian employs the poetic theme of the changing of seasons as he moves through the evolving relationship between the U.S. and Iran.”
–Kirkus

Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth by Avi Loeb

Avi Loeb, Extraterrestrial
(Houghton Mifflin)

“Loeb’s thought-provoking work of popular science will entertain those who wonder if humans are alone in the universe.”
–Publishers Weekly

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