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21 new books coming your way this week.

Katie Yee

January 11, 2022, 8:29am

And just like that… a whole new bunch of books coming into the world this week! Throw on your favorite Manolos and strut on over to the local bookstore, where you’re sure to find these gems.

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Hanya Yanagihara, To Paradise

Hanya Yanagihara, To Paradise
(Doubleday)

“Yanagihara’s feat in To Paradise is capturing the way that the inevitable chaos of the present unrolls into the future: It happens on both global and intimate levels, always.”
–The Atlantic

Jami Attenberg, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home

Jami Attenberg, I Came All This Way To Meet You
(Ecco Press)

“[Attenberg’s] distinctive, personable voice, which shines on social media and in her writing-focused newsletters, gets a full-on outing here, with intimate glimpses of her youth.”
–The Boston Globe

greek myths

Charlotte Higgins and Chris Ofili, Greek Myths
(Pantheon)

“Charlotte Higgins has embraced a central metaphor—weaving—that leads us through the labyrinth of interconnected stories in a startlingly fresh way.”
–The Guardian

Kathryn Schulz, Lost & Found

Kathryn Schulz, Lost & Found
(Random House)

“Schulz’s mind flows beautifully on the page … Schulz’s prose is lucid and intentional, yet unexpected and compassionate.”
–The Boston Globe

Carl Bernstein, Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom

Carl Bernstein, Chasing History
(Henry Holt)

Chasing History offers a unique view on American history and one journalist’s maturation.”
–The Star Tribune

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Gunnhild Øyehaug, tr. Kari Dickson, Present Tense Machine
(FSG)

” It is a complex web of ideas … Øyehaug’s utterly unique novel will sit with you long after you finish playing your part.”
–The Star Tribune

Lighting Striking_Lenny Kaye

Lenny Kaye, Lightning Striking
(Ecco)

“If you’re a fan of rock music of whatever flavor, you need this book.”
–Kirkus

Lewis R. Gordon, Fear of Black Consciousness

Lewis R. Gordon, Fear of Black Consciousness
(FSG)

“[An] essential, up-to-the-minute reckoning with racism.”
–Publishers Weekly

Nikki May, Wahala
(Custom House)

“A fascinating look at the dark side of female friendship.”
–Kirkus

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Marcial Gala, tr. Anne Kushner, Call Me Cassandra
(FSG)

“A haunting meditation on identity and violence.”
–Kirkus

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Pauline Baer de Perignon, tr. Natasha Lehrer, The Vanished Collection
(New Vessel Press)

“Undeniably intriguing … memorable and often moving. A fascinating journey to uncover lost family secrets–and treasure.”
–Kirkus

shit cassandra saw

Gwen E. Kirby, Shit Cassandra Saw
(Penguin)

“With zany plots, unconventional forms, and playful, poetic language, these stories delight at every turn.”
–Kirkus

mouth-to-mouth

Antoine Wilson, Mouth to Mouth
(Avid Reader Press)

“There’s plenty of satisfaction in watching the characters navigate the blurred line between plausibility and truth.”
–Publishers Weekly

authority and freedom

Jed Perl, Authority and Freedom
(Knopf)

Authority and Freedom is itself beautifully made, its ideas both authoritative and, intellectually speaking, freeing.”
–Shelf Awareness

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Chantal James, None But the Righteous
(Counterpoint)

“A mesmerizing story told by an impressive and captivating voice.”
–Kirkus

Yonder

Jabari Asim, Yonder
(Simon & Schuster)

“At once intimate and majestic, the prose marries a gripping narrative with an unforgettable exploration of the power of stories, language, and hope. With a bold vision, Asim demonstrates his remarkable gifts.”
–Publishers Weekly

High-Risk Homosexual

Edgar Gomez, High-Risk Homosexual
(Soft Skull)

“In this crackling debut, Gomez recounts his coming-of-age as a queer man, passionately exploring what it means to celebrate one’s identities and to make space for joy in the most unlikely places.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Taylor Harris, This Boy We Made
(Catapult)

“[An] affecting, razor-sharp debut … This Boy We Made blows up the stale formulas of trauma memoir, implicating us in Harris’s most intimate and terrifying moments, and those of her family, with candor and cool precision.”
–The Boston Globe

blank pages

Bernard MacLaverty, Blank Pages
(W. W. Norton)

“There are the stories which are essentially tales, anecdotes, the kind you can imagine yourself re-telling. Others are atmospheric pieces in which the narrative line is muted … Bernard MacLaverty is a master of the second sort of story, writing it better than almost anyone else.”
–The Scotsman

the stars are not yet bells

Hannah Lillith Assadi, The Stars Are Not Yet Bells
(Riverhead)

“Assadi captivates the senses, compelling readers to pause and reflect as they progress through the story. Highly recommended for those who enjoy lyrical fiction that explores women’s inner lives.”
–Booklist

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Fiona Snyckers, Lacuna
(Europa)

“Readers will find much to chew on in the questions Snyckers poses about storytelling, power, and agency.”
–Publishers Weekly

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