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20 new books to get you through the week.

Katie Yee

July 27, 2021, 4:44am

How are you doing, friend? Need a hug? Need a distraction? Need to learn something new? Need an escape from your everyday life? Look no further. New books are here for you.

*Always Crashing in the Same Car

Matthew Specktor, Always Crashing in the Same Car
(Tin House)

“This enthralling work deserves a central spot on the ever-growing shelf of books about Tinseltown.”
–Publishers Weekly

New Teeth by Simon Rich

Simon Rich, New Teeth
(Little, Brown)

“A fertile mind provides many smiles in this entertaining collection—and more than a few out-loud laughs.”
–Kirkus

Alix Ohlin, We Want What We Want
(Knopf)

“A wry and moving collection that supplies no easy, unearned endings.”
–Kirkus

Leonard Miller and Andrew Simon_Racing While Black

Leonard T. Miller and Andrew Simon, Racing While Black
(Seven Stories Press)

“…if you are a racing freak, this is a book that tells secrets, names names and exposes the divisions that still constrict the sport.”
–The Washington Post

Never Come Morning_Nelson Algren

Nelson Algren, Never Come Morning
(Seven Stories Press)

“It is an unusual and brilliant book . . . a bold scribbling upon the wall for comfortable Americans to ponder and digest.”
–The New York Times

Erin A. Craig_Small Favors

Erin A. Craig, Small Favors
(Delacorte Press)

“Erin A. Craig is a master at creating the creepiest book atmospheres.”
–The Nerd Daily

Breathing Fire, Jaime Lowe

Jaime Lowe, Breathing Fire
(MCD)

“… remarkable … Lowe writes with an affection for the women with whom she spent four years while writing Breathing Fire.”
–The Star Tribune

The Essential Kerner Commission Report

Jelani Cobb, The Essential Kerner Commission Report
(Liveright)

“A timely distilled version of the powerful report on racism in the U.S.”
–Kirkus

A Place Like Home, Rosamunde Pilcher

Rosamunde Pilcher, A Place Like Home
(St. Martin’s)

“A delightful collection of short stories that explore the myriad facets of falling in and out of love.”
–Kirkus

A Song Everlasting by Ha Jin

Ha Jin, A Song Everlasting
(Pantheon)

“Ha Jin’s intimately precise, questioning, and quietly dramatic portrait of a devoted, ever-evolving artist committed to songs that are ‘ecstatic and mysterious and solitary’ has far-reaching and profound resonance.”
–Booklist

The Great Peace

Mena Suvari, The Great Peace
(Hachette)

“An honest and unadorned Hollywood confessional that casts a light on the darkness behind the scenes.”
–Library Journal

John Oliver Killens_The Minister Primarily

John Oliver Killens, The Minister Primarily
(Amistad)

“Killens maximizes the potential of his plot with outrageous humor. Readers will be glad to find this gem unearthed.”
–Publishers Weekly

Richard Lange_Rovers

Richard Lange, Rovers
(Mulholland)

“Lange succeeds brilliantly at combining the vampire and noir traditions.”
–Publishers Weekly

Georgina Pazcoguin_Swan Dive

Georgina Pazcoguin, Swan Dive
(Henry Holt)

“Pazcoguin’s irreverent, conversational writing is appealing: funny, poignant, and sometimes understandably angry.”
–Booklist

Jeanne Thornton_Summer Fun

Jeanne Thornton, Summer Fun
(Soho Press)

“Thornton wrings a great deal of heart and soul from this earnest confessional.”
–Publishers Weekly

Lifelines

Leana Wen, Lifelines
(Metropolitan Books)

“Readers will be inspired by Wen’s belief in the power of public health to make America better.”
–Publishers Weekly

Rodrigo Garcia, A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes: A Son’s Memoir by Rodrigo Garcia

Rodrigo Garcia, A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes
(Harpervia)

“[An] intimate and surprisingly relatable chronicle of grief and acceptance, albeit one that also offers a glimpse into one of the most famous literary figures of all time.”
–The Washington Post

Edith Widder, Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea

Edith Widder, Below the Edge of Darkness
(Random House)

“Marine biologist Widder illuminates life in the dark depths of the ocean in her fascinating debut.”
–Publishers Weekly

Godspeed_Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler, Godspeed
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

“Examine[s] questions about class and capitalism in America while delivering a thriller-style ride. The bad and bloody decisions could be made by any of us desperate enough to chase the real American dream.”
–The Star Tribune

goldenrod

Maggie Smith, Goldenrod
(Atria)

“This empathetic, wise, and honest collection is brimming with poems full of heart and feeling.”
–Publishers Weekly

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