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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.



    Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham 
    (Random House)

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

    Lionel Shriver, The Motion of the Body Through Space 

    “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 

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

    Stephanie Danler, Stray

    Stephanie Danler, Stray 

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


    Kate Zambreno, Drifts 

    “[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.”

    Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

    “Not to miss.”
    –USA Today

    Ivy Pochoda, These Women

    Ivy Pochoda, These Women

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

    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 

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

    Benjamin Taylor, Here We Are 

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

    Barton Gellman, Dark Mirror

    Barton Gellman, Dark Mirror
    (Penguin Press)

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

    Genevieve Hudson, Boys of Alabama 

    “[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 

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

    Susan Allott, The Silence 
    (William Morrow)

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

    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.”

    Rowenna Miller, Rule

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

    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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