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    20 new books to keep you company this week.

    Katie Yee

    July 28, 2020, 9:50am

    As you continue to support your local indies, here are 20 new titles to be on the lookout for! This list features the hotly-anticipated new books by the likes of Laura van den Berg, Natasha Trethewey, Yiyun Li, Zadie Smith, and many, many more. Happy reading!

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    Laura van den Berg, I Hold a Wolf By the Ears

    Laura van den Berg, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears
    (FSG)

    “Van den Berg maintains an unsettling tone throughout these darkly imagined tales. This collection shows the author at her best.”
    –Publishers Weekly

     

    Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive

    Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive
    (Ecco Press)

    “A moving, heartbreaking memoir about a traumatic event and the path to healing.”
    –Library Journal

     

    Yiyun Li, Must I Go

    Yiyun Li, Must I Go
    (Random House)

    Must I Go is a triumph of a novel about how we navigate grief that seems unmanageable.”
    –The Star Tribune

     

    Zadie Smith, Intimations

    Zadie Smith, Intimations
    (Penguin Books)

    “To read Zadie Smith is to recognize how few writers seem to genuinely love human beings the way she does.”
    –Slate

     

    hieroglyphics, jill mccorkle

    Jill McCorkle, Hieroglyphics
    (Algonquin Books)

    “McCorkle finds an elegant mix of wistfulness and appreciation for life . . . Throughout, McCorkle weaves a powerful narrative web.”
    –Publishers Weekly

     

    no presents please, Jayant Kaikini

    Jayant Kaikini, No Presents Please
    (Catapult)

    “Kaikini’s stories capture Mumbai as the scattered-omnipresent influence it holds on individuals living here.”
    –The Asian Review of Books

     

    The Island Child_Molly Aitken

    Molly Aitken, The Island Child
    (Knopf)

    “Aitken’s evocative prose immerses us in island life and in the book’s central themes: motherhood, loss, the transformative power of stories.”
    –The Irish Times

     

    Sara Faith Alterman_Let's Never Talk About This Again

    Sara Faith Alterman, Let’s Never Talk About This Again
    (Grand Central Publishing)

    “[A] funny, tender, and compassionate narrative.”
    –Publishers Weekly

     

    Barbara Demick_Eat the Buddha

    Barbara Demick, Eat the Buddha
    (Random House)

    “Demick covers an awe-inspiring breadth of history — from the heyday of the Tibetan empire, which could compete with those of the Turks and Arabs, to the present day.”
    –The New York Times Book Review

     

    Gabriella Burnham, It Is Wood, It Is Stone; cover design by TK TK (One World, July 28)

    Gabriella Burnham, It Is Wood, It Is Stone
    (One World)

    “A lush depiction of privilege and power, sex and stability, It Is Wood, It Is Stone is an elegant arrival of a new talent.”
    –Elle

     

    Emily Adrian_Everything Here Is Under Control

    Emily Adrian, Everything Here Is Under Control
    (Blackstone Publishing)

    “With keen wit and affecting emotion, Everything Here Is under Control is a novel about love, family, and motherhood that balances compromises with possibilities.”
    –Foreword Reviews

     

    Karolina Waclawiak, Life Events

    Karolina Waclawiak, Life Events
    (FSG)

    “What makes [Life Events] engaging is its narrative voice and its cleareyed assessment of the human condition.”
    –Kirkus

     

    lauren beukes afterland

    Lauren Beukes, Afterland
    (Mulholland)

    “The anticipation and dread Beukes crafts is remarkable. Also remarkable is Beukes’s ability to blend genres, seamlessly incorporating horror, fantasy and traditional crime in ways that highlight the best parts of each.”
    –Entertainment Weekly

     

    a star is bored, byron lane

    Byron Lane, A Star Is Bored
    (Henry Holt)

    “He writes with humour without taking importance away from serious matters, which made this an amazing reading experience.”
    –The Nerd Daily

     

    Last Mission to Tokyo_Michel Paradis

    Michel Paradis, Last Mission to Tokyo
    (Simon & Schuster)

    “[A] deeply sourced account of the aftermath of one of WWII’s most famous air raids. . . . This finely wrought history rescues a dramatic WWII episode from obscurity.”
    –Publishers Weekly

     

    Sarah Weinman, Unspeakable Acts

    Sarah Weinman, Unspeakable Acts
    (Ecco Press)

    “This enthralling volume insists that there can and should be humanity within true crime. Whether readers are spellbound or disgusted by the genre, this is a must.”
    –Library Journal

     

    Rebecca Giggs, Fathoms

    Rebecca Giggs, Fathoms
    (Simon & Schuster)

    “Whether describing the majesty of the blue whale or the human assault on sea ecology due to paper and plastic pollution, the author’s prose is poetic, beautifully smooth, urgently readable, and eloquently informative.”
    –Kirkus

     

    men on horseback_david a bell

    David A. Bell, Men on Horseback
    (FSG)

    “Bell skillfully explores the links between his subjects and draws insightful comparisons and contrasts between them.”
    –Publishers Weekly

     

    Michelle Bowdler, Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

    Michelle Bowdler, Is Rape a Crime?
    (Flatiron Books)

    “Bowdler incisively dissects the language surrounding sexual assault … Is Rape a Crime? forcefully advocates for a more humane protocol.”
    –The Boston Globe

     

    Mark Gevisser_the pink line

    Mark Gevisser, The Pink Line
    (FSG)

    “Gevisser’s monumental effort in this global deep-think of a text outlines how much work remains ahead. This necessary, timely, intelligent book belongs in every library, the world over.”
    –Booklist