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20 new books to look out for this week.

Katie Yee

August 10, 2021, 9:55am

So you’re making your way downtown, walking fast, faces pass, and you’re homebound. But what’s this? A bookstore in your path?! Yes, you dear reader, are powerless to resist. You follow its siren call. Here are 20 big new books coming out this week for your “accidental” bookstore browsing session.

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Melissa Broder, Superdoom: Selected Poems

Melissa Broder, Superdoom
(Tin House)

“The perfect way to bite right into the profane, grotesque, and lush world of Broder’s words.”
–NYLON

A.K. Blakemore, The Manningtree Witches

A. K. Blakemore, The Manningtree Witches
(Catapult)

The Manningtree Witches ventures into dark places, to be sure, but it carries a jewelled dagger. Blakemore is a poet, and readers given to underlining may find their pencils worn down to stubs.”
–The Guardian

The Human Zoo by Sabina Murray

Sabina Murray, The Human Zoo
(Grove Press)

“Let me just say that instabilities — of tone, of content, of sympathies, of perspective — can be cardinal assets in provocative fiction. In The Human Zoo Murray wields those instabilities with a keen, riveting instinct.”
–The Seattle Times

Edge Case_YZ Chin

YZ Chin, Edge Case
(Ecco)

“Chin makes an impressive debut with this sharp take on faltering romance, the American dream, and self-realization.”
–Publishers Weekly

No Touching_Ketty Rouf

Ketty Rouf, tr. Tina Kover, No Touching
(Europa)

“Rouf’s fresh debut follows a woman pushing her boundaries in order to gain a sense of agency … It’s a rich character study, but don’t come looking for plot.”
–Publishers Weekly

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone: The Biography of Nico

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone
(Hachette)

“It is a gripping portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in late 20th-century music.”
–The Times

In the Country of Others, Leila Slimani

Leila Slimani, In the Country of Others
(Penguin)

“Who better than Slimani to write a great contemporary novel from the perspective of both sides of the Mediterranean, a double heritage, that of the horrors of colonization and that of the pains of decolonization?”
–Vanity Fair (France)

Everything I Have Is Yours

Eleanor Henderson, Everything I Have Is Yours
(Flatiron)

“A memoir of interest to anyone coping with a loved one’s struggle with illness and dependency.”
–Kirkus

Gianfranco Calligarich_Last Summer in the City

Gianfranco Calligarich, tr. Howard Curtis, Last Summer in the City
(FSG)

“Calligarich’s evocative English-language debut, originally published in Italy in 1973, follows the travails of a journalist in Rome … The scenery alone makes this worth a look.”
–Publishers Weekly

Tokyo Redux_David Peace

David Peace, Tokyo Redux
(Knopf)

“…he’s somewhere near his best in this powerful, overwhelming novel, in which genre excitement steadily gives way to the uncannier frisson of being plugged into a current of secret knowledge.”
–The Guardian

Maiden Voyages

Siân Evans, Maiden Voyages
(St. Martin’s)

“The story is invigoratingly feminist … engaging … The book’s a treat. It’s staying on my shelf.”
–The Times Literary Supplement

Elly Fishman, Refugee High: Coming of Age in America

Elly Fishman, Refugee High
(New Press)

“Journalist Fishman debuts with an intimate and moving chronicle of the 2017–2018 school year at Sullivan High School in Chicago … a powerful portrait of resilience in the face of long odds.”
–Publishers Weekly

The Republic of False Truths_Alaa Al Aswany

Alaa Al Aswany, tr. S. R. Fellowes, The Republic of False Truths
(Knopf)

“Any successful revolution, Al Aswany suggests, will demand a wholesale cultural reckoning and tolerance for violent push back … [A] valuable fictional reckoning with a failed revolution.”
–Kirkus

the shimmering state_westgate

Meredith Westgate, The Shimmering State
(Atria)

“It’s a captivating story, one that leaves readers wondering if a life scrubbed of pain and real connection is a life at all.”
–Publishers Weekly

Andrew Sullivan_Out on a Limb

Andrew Sullivan, Out on a Limb
(Avid Reader Press)

“Trenchant observations from an influential journalist.”
–Kirkus

Spencer Ackerman, Reign of Terror
(Viking)

“An intelligent, persuasive book about events that are all too current.”
–Kirkus

The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters

Julie Klam, The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters
(Riverhead)

“An entertaining, rambling journey into the past.”
–Kirkus

About The Book “The Eternal Audience of One is laugh-out-loud funny with writing that is sometimes so beautiful that it dances off the page—to a millennial beat—in perfect tempo with its tales of migration, love, loss, and friendship.” —Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence Reminiscent of Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon, this “gorgeous, wildly funny and, above all, profoundly moving and humane” (Peter Orner, author of Am I Alone Here) coming-of-age tale follows a young man who is forced to flee his homeland of Rwanda during the Civil War and make sense of his reality. Nobody ever makes it to the start of a story, not even the people in it. The most one can do is make some sort of start and then work toward some kind of ending. One might as well start with Séraphin: playlist-maker, nerd-jock hybrid, self-appointed merchant of cool, Rwandan, stifled and living in Windhoek, Namibia. Soon he will leave the confines of his family life for the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, in South Africa, where loyal friends, hormone-saturated parties, adventurous conquests, and race controversies await. More than that, his long-awaited final year in law school promises to deliver a crucial puzzle piece of the Great Plan immigrant: a degree from a prestigious university. But a year is more than the sum of its parts, and en route to the future, the present must be lived through and even the past must be survived. From one of Africa’s emerging literary voices comes a lyrical and piquant tale of family, migration, friendship, war, identity, and race following the intersecting lives of Séraphin and a host of eclectic characters from pre- and post-1994 Rwanda, colonial and post-independence Windhoek, Paris and Brussels in the 70s, Nairobi public schools, and the racially charged streets of Cape Town. Reading Group Guide About The Author Product Details Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press (August 10, 2021) Length: 384 pages ISBN13: 9781982164423 Browse Related Books Fiction > Coming of Age Fiction > Cultural Heritage Fiction > Literary Related Articles Raves and Reviews Resources and Downloads The Eternal Audience of One By Rémy Ngamije

Rémy Ngamije, The Eternal Audience of One
(Gallery/Scout)

“A law student contends with his family and future prospects in this funny and incisive debut from Namibian writer Ngamije.”
–Publishers Weekly

Zen Cho, Spirits Abroad
(Small Beer Press)

Highly recommended for those interested in well-written fantasy fiction outside of the post-Tolkien mold.”
–Booklist

Meadowlark_Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke and Greg Ruth, Meadowlark
(Grand Central)

“The gritty, Southern-noir style of writing pairs well with the setting and characters and the way they are depicted in rich grayscale illustrations.”
–Booklist

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