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21 new books coming out this week; or, 21 reasons to visit your local indie.

Katie Yee

August 3, 2021, 4:55am

What time is it?! If you’re a young millennial, you might’ve sung “Summertime! Anticipation!” out loud, and now the songs from High School Musical will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day, and I’m sorry. If you’re a book lover and avid reader of this site, though, you know that it’s New Books Tuesday, aka the time you should be running over to your local indie to get these new titles. (Anticipation!)


Anthony Veasna So, Afterparties

“It feels transgressive that Afterparties is so funny, so irreverent, concerning the previous generation’s tragedy.”
–The New Yorker

Alexandra Kleeman, Something New Under the Sun

Alexandra Kleeman, Something New Under the Sun

“The brushstrokes of plot that kick off Something New Under the Sun suggest the makings of a mildly satirical novel starring yet another neurotic upper-middle-class family. But that’s just misdirection, and Kleeman excels at it.”
–The Los Angeles Times

Billy Summers_Stephen King

Stephen King, Billy Summers

“The ever prolific King moves from his trademark horror into the realm of the hard-boiled noir thriller … Murder most foul and mayhem most entertaining. Another worthy page-turner from a protean master.”

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi's SAVAGE TONGUES

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Savage Tongues

“Van der Vliet Oloomi’s strategy is to forgo plot—and most of the other conventions of fiction—in favor of a book-length monologue. Arezu considers not only her own past, but, more generally, racism, colonialism…among other things.”

Ash Davidson, Damnation Spring

Ash Davidson, Damnation Spring

“There is so much that is right and particular about this novel. Rarely will a reader have such a tactile experience of life in a forest logging community as one receives here.”

Dolly Alderton, Ghosts

Dolly Alderton, Ghosts

“An astonishingly assured debut… Deftly observed and deeply funny, Ghosts considers where we find, and how we hold onto love with what might well be described as haunting precision.”

mona awad all's well

Mona Awad, All’s Well
(Simon & Schuster)

“Awad is particularly deft in describing the hellish nature of pain and the ways those living with chronic pain are often misled, dismissed, or derided.”

Anna Qu, Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor

Anna Qu, Made In China

“Poignant … Vividly narrated and psychologically perceptive, Qu’s story uses family trauma to find perspective on immigration and perhaps even America itself.”

Songs for the Flames, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Songs for the Flames

“Like Bolaño, [Vasquez] is a master stylist and a virtuoso of patient pacing and intricate structure.”

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

Rebecca Donner, All Frequent Troubles of Our Days
(Little, Brown)

“A superb, sure-footed work of historical detection conceived with a powerful intelligence.”
–The Times (UK)

The Contemporary American Essay_Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate, The Contemporary American Essay

“There’s something for everyone in this sumptuous collection.”

Breathe_Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates, Breathe

“Fecund with fear and anguish, and driven by raw, breathless narration, this hallucinatory tale will not disappoint. Oates is on a roll.”
–Publishers Weekly

Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost, David Hoon Kim

David Hoon Kim, Paris is a Party, Paris is a Ghost

“Those willing to immerse themselves in its mysterious and forlorn landscapes will be amply rewarded by this startlingly original debut.”
–Financial Times

James Tate Hill, Blind Man's Bluff

James Tate Hill, Blind Man’s Bluff
(W. W. Norton)

“This moving account doesn’t disappoint.”
–Publishers Weekly

James Rebanks_Pastoral Song

James Rebanks, Pastoral Song
(Custom House)

“This is a wonderful book. James Rebanks writes with his heart and his heart is in the right place. We should listen to him.”
–The Telegraph (UK)

Chandler Baker, The Husbands

Chandler Baker, The Husbands

The Husbands also gestures at the workplace but turns the bulk of its attention to the inadequacies of the nuclear family, where women are expected not only to have it all, but to do it all, too. The book reads like a direct descendant of Ira Levin’s 1972 feminist classic, The Stepford Wives.”
–The New York Times Book Review

My Policeman, Bethan Roberts

Bethan Roberts, My Policeman
(Penguin Books)

“Her novel is a humane and evocative portrait of a time when lives were destroyed by intolerance.”
–The Guardian

Megan Abbott, The Turnout

Megan Abbott, The Turnout
(G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

The Turnout is the kind of gripping, unnerving page turner we have come to expect from an author who does noir better than almost anyone.”

Julie Kavanaugh, The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders that Stunned Victorian England

Julie Kavanagh, The Irish Assassins
(Atlantic Monthly)

“The writing is clear and yet warm, leaving the reader in no doubt as to how much personalities, foibles and mere coincidence affect law, politics and history … This is one of the best researched and most enjoyable historical reads I have come across in quite some time.”
–The Irish Independent (IRE)

Pilgrim Bell: Poems by Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar, Pilgrim Bell

“Evocative and polyphonic, surprising but never artificially shocking, Akbar’s poems flit from the divine to the corporeal in the same breath.”
–Publishers Weekly

horse girls

ed. Halimah Marcus, Horse Girls
(Harper Perennial)

“The essays are tender, critical, and deeply personal, and the universal themes of growth and belonging come through consistently but, refreshingly, never feel repetitive.”
–Publishers Weekly

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