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20 new titles coming to bookstores near you!

Katie Yee

January 25, 2022, 4:52am

No better way to break up the day than to trek over to your local bookstore! If you’re looking for a sign to get up  and go for a jaunt, this is it! This week, we’ve got a treasure trove of new releases to look forward to, including books from John Darnielle, Imani Perry, Isabel Allende, and more.

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John Darnielle, Devil House

John Darnielle, Devil House
(MCD)

“…terrific: confident, creepy, a powerful and soulful page-turner. I had no idea where it was going, in the best possible sense.”
–The New York Times

Imani Perry, South to America

Imani Perry, South to America
(Ecco)

“By sharing her own family history, including her parents’ activism, she emphasizes the essential role of southerners in the Black Power movement. Perry’s southern tour is intimate and encompassing, finely laced and steely, affecting and transformative.”
–Booklist

Sean Thor Conroe_Fuccboi

Sean Thor Conroe, Fuccboi
(Little, Brown and Company)

“…he’s good company—thoughtful, insecure and questing. And he has a distinctive, compelling voice that strikes me as utterly of its moment.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Renée Branum, Defenestrate

Renée Branum, Defenestrate
(Bloomsbury)

“Branum is a taut storyteller who reveals and confides with great skill, in a narrative composed of addictive passages rather than conventional chapters … hypnotic and philosophical.”
–The New York Times Book Review

Isabel Allende, Violeta

Isabel Allende, tr. Frances Riddle, Violeta
(Ballantine)

“I think fans of Allende will lap up this novel and for lovers of epic family sagas perhaps in a different continent with the edge of real-life incidents this will interesting to book groups.”
–NB Magazine

Dana Stevens_Camera Man

Dana Stevens, Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century
(Atria)

“Stevens vividly describes Keaton’s early life on America’s vaudeville circuit … Stevens’s book is not so much a straightforward biography as a remarkable cultural history.”
–Air Mail

Worn A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF CLOTHING By SOFI THANHAUSER

Sofi Thanhauser, Worn: A People’s History of Clothing
(Pantheon)

“Thanhauser’s approach to exposing a system gone so horribly wrong is to synthesise the existing literature, add fresh insights drawn from her own fieldwork, and deliver the findings in a richly evocative narrative powered, but never overwhelmed, by a sense of righteous anger.”
–The Guardian

"Go Back to Where You Came From" by Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali, Go Back to Where You Came From
(W. W. Norton)

“Though Ali fears such a place may not exist, he chooses to ‘invest in hope’ for a more inclusive America. This rousing reflection will encourage readers to do the same.”
–Publishers Weekly

Amartya Sen_Home in the World

Amartya Sen, Home in the World
(Liveright)

“Illuminating and wonderfully accessible as both an intimate coming-of-age tale and a crash course in economics.”
–Kirkus

Michael Schur, How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question
(Simon & Schuster)

“Whether discussing how to enjoy something that is morally problematic or debating whether we need to make moral decisions at all, the text is a relatable and consistently amusing introduction to practical philosophy. Like The Good Place, this is a humorous and thought-provoking journey into some of life’s hardest questions.”
–Kirkus

Ben Raines_The Last Slave Ship

Ben Raines, The Last Slave Ship
(Simon & Schuster)

“A highly readable, elucidating narrative that investigates all the layers of a traumatic history.”
–Kirkus

Rachel Krantz, Open
(Harmony)

“…evocative … an alluring and insightful look at a life lived outside of conventional structures.”
–Publishers Weekly

Stolen Focus

Johann Hari, Stolen Focus
(Crown)

“Hari serves up complicated topics in an accessible, personal, journalistic style that revolves around interviews, not heavy scholarship … he manages to adeptly present their ideas in a compact way that smoothly conveys key ideas.”
–The Irish Times

Sandro Veronesi_The Hummingbird

Sandro Veronesi, tr. Elena Pala, The Hummingbird
(Harpervia)

“Everything that makes the novel worthwhile and engaging is here: warmth, wit, intelligence, love, death, high seriousness, low comedy, philosophy, subtle personal relationships and the complex interior life of human beings.”
–The Guardian

Hugh Howard, Architects of an American Landscape
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

“…engaging … An absorbing and informative history from a significant historian/biographer.”
–Kirkus

Strangers I Know

Claudia Durastanti, tr. Elizabeth Harris, Strangers I Know
(Riverhead)

“Durastanti’s insightful and complex English-language debt examines a family’s lifelong communication issues … an enjoyable and distinctive bildungsroman.”
–Publishers Weekly

Danya Kukafka_Notes on an execution

Danya Kukafka, Notes on an Execution
(William Morrow)

“…masterly … Kukafka skillfully uses the second-person present tense to heighten the drama, and toward the end she makes devastatingly clear the toll taken by Packer’s killings.”
–Publishers Weekly

God_Francesca Stavrakopoulou

Francesca Stavrakopoulou, God: An Anatomy
(Knopf)

“Biblical scholar Stavrakopoulou convincingly argues for understanding the Christian God as an embodied being in this fascinating comparative mythology … provocative.”
–Publishers Weekly

A Previous Life

Edmund White, A Previous Life
(Bloomsbury)

“…an erotically charged literary romp facing the loss of physical beauty and the inevitable passage of time.”
–Booklist

Civil Rights Queen

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Civil Rights Queen
(Pantheon)

“An excellent exploration of the life of an admirable pioneer who deserves to be far better known.”
–Kirkus

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