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20 new books to warm your cold, unfeeling heart.

Katie Yee

February 2, 2021, 9:00am

Here in Brooklyn, there’s a blizzard. No better cure for the winter blues than a brand new book to snuggle up with. Luckily, you can get these beauties from your local indie.

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Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat

Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat
(Grove Press)

“Reading one of Moniz’s stories is like holding your breath underwater while letting the salt sting your fresh wounds. It’s exhilarating and shocking and even healing.”
–The Washington Post

Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, eds., Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, One World (February 2)

Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, Four Hundred Souls
(One World)

“Bestseller Kendi and historian Blain present an engrossing anthology of essays, biographical sketches, and poems by Black writers tracing the history of the African American experience from the arrival of the first slaves in 1619 to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
–Publishers Weekly

Melissa Broder, Milk Fed

Melissa Broder, Milk Fed
(Scribner)

“Broder has a rare ability to ground her fantasy in reality without undermining her her imaginative vision, making it feel personal and raw and relatable.”
–The Boston Globe

Ethan Hawke, A Bright Ray of Darkness

Ethan Hawke, A Bright Ray of Darkness
(Knopf)

“A brilliant insider’s account of the joys and terrors of acting, the trials of celebrity, and the secrets of Henry IV.”
–Kirkus

Lauren Oyler, Fake Accounts

Lauren Oyler, Fake Accounts
(Catapult)

“Oyler’s debut does not disappoint. Fake Accounts is a sharply observed and wryly funny satire on the banal sociopathy of online life.”
–The Times

Dorthe Nors, tr. Misha Hoekstra, Wild Swims

Dorthe Nors, tr. Misha Hoekstra, Wild Swims
(Graywolf)

“Dorthe Nors writes short fiction that is precise, brief and shattering … Lyrical stream-of- consciousness prose is intercut with short, blunt sentences, enacting the push and pull of revelation between her protagonists and their environment.”
–The Times Literary Supplement

Te-Ping Chen, Land of Big Numbers
(Mariner Books)

Wall Street Journal correspondent Chen emerges as a fiction powerhouse, each of her 10 stories an immersive literary event.”
–Booklist

Cherie Jones, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

Cherie Jones, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House
(Little, Brown and Company)

“Jones’s intense debut explores the poverty and crime in Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, amid an explosive collision between tourists and locals.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Anakana Schofield, Bina
(NYRB)

“The slow disclosure of plot, at first frustrating, becomes one of the greatest pleasures of this excellent book. Painted with colour and wit, there emerges a whole host of absurdist characters clamouring for Bina’s attention.”
–The Times Literary Supplement

Brontez Purnell, 100 Boyfriends

Brontez Purnell, 100 Boyfriends
(MCD x FSG Originals)

“This stunning collection of vignettes from artist, punk rocker, and Whiting Award winner Purnell (Since I Laid My Burden Down) forms a delightfully crass, kaleidoscopic worldview.”
–Publishers Weekly

Brandon Hobson, The Removed

Brandon Hobson, The Removed
(Ecco)

“Once in a while, you come across a book that seems to exist in its own bubble of space-time … A word for such a story might be numinous, which ably describes Brandon Hobson’s splendid The Removed.”
–BookPage

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Robert Paarlberg, Resetting the Table
(Knopf)

“Environmentally conscience readers will find much food for thought in this informative narrative.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Selina Hastings, Sybille Bedford: A Life
(Knopf)

“Gracefully written, largely sympathetic and very gossipy.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Catie Disabato, U Up?

Catie Disabato, U Up?
(Melville House)

“…poignant … Disabato makes [the characters] come alive on the page and in her texts.”
–Publishers Weekly

Tim Harford_The Data Detective

Tim Harford, The Data Detective
(Riverhead)

“Conquering the intimidating world of statistics is a daunting task, but Harford has a knack for making complex subjects accessible.”
–Booklist

Mark Harris_Mike Nichols

Mark Harris, Mike Nichols: A Life
(Penguin Press)

“He was a man in perpetual motion, and Harris chases him with patience, clarity and care.”
–The New York Times

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Philippe Sands, The Ratline
(Knopf)

“Sands has once again written a riveting and insightful historical page-turner that proves to be part History Channel, part W. G. Sebald.”
–Harper’s

Russell Shorto, Smalltime

Russell Shorto, Smalltime
(W. W. Norton)

“[A] beautifully rendered, spellbinding saga about family secrets and taboos.”
–Shelf Awareness

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John Cheever, The Wapshot Chronicle
(Vintage)

“A rowdy, bawdy, feeling, root-sensed New England gallery, this has its high — and not quite so high — moments for an audience which may suffer shock but never shame.”
–Kirkus

Ina Park_Strange Bedfellows

Ina Park, Strange Bedfellows
(Flatiron)

“Informative and frank, Park’s account of sex and STDs is ideal both for the curious and for those too embarrassed to ask.”
–Publishers Weekly

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