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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!


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

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

“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.”


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

“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

“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.”


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

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


lauren beukes afterland

Lauren Beukes, Afterland

“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.”


men on horseback_david a bell

David A. Bell, Men on Horseback

“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

“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.”


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