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20 new books to look forward to this week.

Katie Yee

May 19, 2020, 5:38am

On Wednesdays we wear pink, but on Tuesdays we celebrate the new books that are coming into the world. We also order them from our local independent bookstores or on bookshop.org.

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rodham

Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham 
(Random House)

Rodham is a nauseating, moving, morally suggestive, technically brilliant book.”
–NPR

Lionel Shriver, The Motion of the Body Through Space 
(Harper)

“Lionel Shriver’s scabrously funny 15th novel presents a dyspeptic view of people in thrall to exercise.”
–The Guardian

 

Porochista Khakpour, Brown Album

Porochista Khakpour, Brown Album 
(Vintage)

“A collection of incisive essays about hyphenated identity … Provocative pieces that detonate many notions of identity.”
–Kirkus

Stephanie Danler, Stray

Stephanie Danler, Stray 
(Knopf)

“[F]earless, insightful, devastating, and beautiful. It broke my heart, and it twisted up my insides.”
–PopSugar

drifts

Kate Zambreno, Drifts 
(Riverhead)

“[T]his is a giddily enjoyable read, emotionally conspiratorial in tone, full of brilliant critical observations and realistic depictions of the dramas in a modern artist’s daily life.”
–BookPage

Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
(Scholastic)

“Not to miss.”
–USA Today

Ivy Pochoda, These Women

Ivy Pochoda, These Women
(Ecco)

“With raw, visceral prose, Pochoda vividly evokes L.A.’s distinctive cityscape and the burdens and threats women face there.”
–Booklist

Zachary D. Carter, The Price of Peace
(Random House)

“In this illuminating and well-researched book, Carter not only explains Keynesian economics, but also provides a comprehensive portrait of British economist John Maynard Keynes.”
–Library Journal

Shubhangi Swarup, Latitudes of Longing
(One World)

“Extraordinarily affecting, this work should be a priority acquisition for all libraries with astute, globally hungry patrons.”
–Library Journal

Alyson J. McGregor, Sex Matters 
(Hachette)

“McGregor is to be commended for showing how medicine has long skewed male and harmed women.”
–Kirkus

Benjamin Taylor, Here We Are 
(Penguin)

“[I]n this slim, affectionate memoir, Taylor perfectly captures the essence of Roth’s charmingly enigmatic humor and complex behavior.”
–Kirkus

Barton Gellman, Dark Mirror

Barton Gellman, Dark Mirror
(Penguin Press)

“Gellman delivers a compelling story while recounting difficult predicaments and behind-the-scenes events.”
–Booklist

Genevieve Hudson, Boys of Alabama 
(Liveright)

“[Hudson] unravels her stories with a slow, measured pace; she is equally fascinated with the quotidian as she is with magic.”
–The Women’s Review of Books

Maggie Doherty, The Equivalents 
(Knopf)

“Doherty sets all of her magnetic subjects within a fresh assessment of the sexism of postwar and Cold War America.”
–Booklist

Susan Allott, The Silence 
(William Morrow)

“Emotionally spry, smartly suspenseful, Allott’s arresting debut novel vibrates with Hitchcockian atmosphere.”
–Booklist

Stephen Taylor, Sons of the Waves 
(Yale University Press)

“[A] rollicking narrative of life at sea in the age of sail.”
–The Times

Barbara Delinsky, A Week at the Shore 
(St. Martin’s Press)

“Delinsky presents a powerful story about the importance of love, family, and the acceptance of life’s changes.”
–Library Journal

Dola de Jong, tr. by Kristen Gehrman, The Tree and the Vine
(Transit Books)

“Gehrman’s beautiful new translation returns the book to the spotlight where it belongs . . . a jewel hidden in plain sight.”
–Kirkus

Rowenna Miller, Rule
(Orbit)

“Well-drawn characters and wonderful writing makes this book highly recommended.”
–Booklist

Raymond Geuss, Who Needs a World View?
(Harvard University Press)

Who Needs a World View? is a brilliant collection of essays that richly yet deftly challenges a broad range of pieties and settled assumptions on how we are supposed to understand our lives and our circumstances.”
–Brian O’Connor, University College Dublin

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