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    24 glorious new books to welcome into the world today.

    Katie Yee

    September 13, 2022, 4:33am

    Is there any pleasure greater than flipping to the first page of a brand-new book? This week brings us a particularly delightful bounty, with new titles from Ling Ma, Sandra Cisneros, Elisa Gabbert, Jim Harrison, and more.

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    Ling Ma, Bliss Montage

    Ling Ma, Bliss Montage
    (FSG)

    “The stories in Bliss Montage somehow manage to be even more strange and unsettling [than Severance].”
    –The San Francisco Chronicle

    Sandra Cisneros, Woman Without Shame

    Sandra Cisneros, Woman Without Shame
    (Knopf)

    “The introspective latest from Cisneros (Loose Woman) sweeps through her life with blunt observations and heartfelt prayers.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Andrea Barrett, Natural History: Stories

    Andrea Barrett, Natural History
    (W. W. Norton)

    “Barrett transforms deep knowledge of history, science, and human nature into gorgeously vital and insightful stories in which every element is richly brewed, mulled, and redolent.”
    –Booklist

    Ian McEwan, Lessons

    Ian McEwan, Lessons
    (Knopf)

    “A richly observed story that spans decades to recount lives of sometimes-noisy desperation.”
    –Kirkus

    Valeria Luiselli (ed.), The Best Short Stories 2022: The O. Henry Prize Winners
    (Anchor)

    “This impressive anthology, the first in the series to include work in translation, is a showcase for Luiselli’s keen eye for literary quality.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    tracey lien_all that's left unsaid

    Tracey Lien, All That’s Left Unsaid
    (William Morrow)

    “…suspenseful … Lien’s novel, by turns gripping and heartbreaking, makes room for forgiveness and understanding.”
    –BookPage

    Jonathan Dee, Sugar Street

    Jonathan Dee, Sugar Street
    (Grove Press)

    “It’s in the methodical unpacking of how a human being might effectively cease to exist without actually committing suicide that Sugar Street is at its most enthralling.”
    –The New York Times Book Review

    no country for eight-spot butterflies

    Julian Aguon, No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies
    (Astra House)

    “In this incandescent debut, human rights attorney Aguon celebrates the power of thought and literature through probing reflections on finding hope in the face of an ‘unforgiving timeline.’”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Meghan Gilliss, Lungfish

    Meghan Gilliss, Lungfish
    (Catapult)

    Lungfish is a novel steeped in the harshness and beauty of the natural world … Atmospheric, haunted, but struck through with beauty and love, Lungfish is one to remember.”
    –Shelf Awareness

    First Love Gwendoline Riley (Author)

    Gwendoline Riley, First Love
    (NYRB)

    “It shows a writer at the very height of her powers, grappling and snaring her themes into a singular, devastating journey into the ungovernable reaches of the heart.”
    –The Guardian

    Jollof Rice and other revolutions

    Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi, Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions: A Novel in Interlocking Stories
    (Amistad Press)

    “Ogunyemi succeeds at showing how each of the four women’s lives were shaped by their fiery youth.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Angie Cruz, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water

    Angie Cruz, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water
    (Flatiron)

    How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water delivers a sense of the enduring worth of relationships, life experiences and determination as currencies in a difficult world.”
    –The Washington Post

    Panics

    Barbara Molinard, tr. Emma Ramadan, Panics
    (Feminist Press)

    “The thirteen stories in Panics—rendered into beautiful, plainspoken English by translator Emma Ramadan, and by turns surreal, mesmerizing, and darkly unhinged—bear the mark of their writer’s painstaking process.”
    –Astra Magazine

    David Means, Two Nurses, Smoking: Stories

    David Means, Two Nurses, Smoking
    (FSG)

    “There’s nothing quite like a David Means story … These brilliant stories exist in the space between desire and complication.”
    –Kirkus

    Kibogo_scholastique mukasonga

    Scholastique Mukasonga, tr. Mark Polizzotti, Kibogo
    (Archipelago Books)

    “Pensive and lyrical; a closely observed story of cultures in collision.”
    –Kirkus

    T.C. Boyle, I Walk Between Raindrops: Stories

    T.C. Boyle, I Walk Between the Raindrops
    (Ecco Press)

    “Boyle (Talk to Me) skewers American culture, masculine identity, and the modern age in his splendid latest collection.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    Jim Harrison, The Search for the Genuine: Selected Nonfiction

    Jim Harrison, The Search for the Genuine: Nonfiction, 1970-2015
    (Grove Press)

    “The boozy gourmand and superb writer recounts a long life of misbehavior, fishing, books, and wandering.”
    –Kirkus

    Elisa Gabbert, Normal Distance

    Elisa Gabbert, Normal Distance
    (Soft Skull)

    “Questions about time, philosophy, language, and the significance of human emotions color the funny and perceptive fifth collection from Gabbert.”
    –Publishers Weekly

    David Lehman and Matthew Zapruder, The Best American Poetry 2022
    (Scribner)

    “A ‘best’ anthology that really lives up to its title.”
    –Chicago Tribune

    Love in Defiance of Pain: Ukrainian Stories

    Ali Kinsella, Zenia Tompkins, Ross Ufberg, Love in Defiance of Pain: Ukrainian Stories
    (Deep Vellum)

    “Love in Defiance of Pain: Ukrainian Stories handsomely showcases many of the best Ukrainian writers (in English translations) with stories that are not about the current war but nevertheless exhibit Ukrainians confronting universal themes of life and death, love and betrayal, war and peace.”
    –World Literature Today

    nina totenberg_dinners with ruth

    Nina Totenberg, Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships
    (Simon & Schuster)

    “In Dinners with Ruth, readers will learn about the critical role Ginsburg played in expanding women’s rights before and after she was on the bench. Totenberg’s look behind Ginsburg’s legendary reserve is of special interest.”
    –NPR

    the storm is here

    Luke Mogelson, The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible
    (Penguin Press)

    “Mogelson writes with the descriptive fluency and eye for detail that you would expect of a reporter with his credentials. But what makes this book more than a dystopian travelogue is his ability to tease out connections across history and make illuminating global comparisons.”
    –The Guardian

    prisoners of the castle

    Ben Macintyre, Prisoners of the Castle
    (Crown)

    “In this riveting history of Nazi Germany’s most notorious POW camp, bestseller Macintyre (Agent Sonya) spotlights the indomitable will and creativity of the inmates who tried to escape from it. ”
    –Publishers Weekly

    akiko busch_everything else is bric-a-brac

    Akiko Busch, Everything Else Is Bric-a-Brac
    (Princeton Architectural Press)

    “Essayist and design critic [Akiko] Busch shines a light on the little flaws and bits of imperfection that make a house a home in this collection of thoughtful essays.”
    –Booklist

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