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Here are 18 fresh titles for your new books Tuesday.

Katie Yee

April 6, 2021, 4:48am

There are a few things in this life that we are told we can be certain of: death, taxes, blah blah. Also someone once said that the sun will come up tomorrow. (Sure.) You know what else is guaranteed though? Beautiful new books will enter the world every Tuesday without fail.


Haruki Murakami, tr. Philip Gabriel, First Person Singular

Haruki Murakami, tr. Philip Gabriel, First Person Singular

“This mesmerizing collection would make a superb introduction to Murakami for anyone who hasn’t yet fallen under his spell.”
–The Boston Globe

Helen Oyeyemi, Peaces

Helen Oyeyemi, Peaces

“Books are made to get lost in, but the maze of Helen Oyeyemi’s brain seems to grow more complicated by the novel. No complaints here.”
–Entertaiment Weekly

Hummingbird Salamander_Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer, Hummingbird Salamander

“The secret interconnections of the spy novel map onto the secret interconnections of the natural world. And the unfurling plot mirrors the unraveling ecosystem.”
–Los Angeles Times

Morgan Jerkins, Caul Baby

Morgan Jerkins, Caul Baby

“Jerkins’ debut novel is a multilayered reflection of contemporary dilemmas with a touch of magic realism. With themes such as motherhood, acceptance, and a duty to be of service, the novel is well paced, with alluring anticipation.”

Rachel Kushner, The Hard Crowd

Rachel Kushner, The Hard Crowd

“Kushner reminds us that she writes as well as any writer alive about the pleasure of a good motor doing what it was designed to do … This book has a real gallery of souls.”
–The New York Times

Blake Bailey, Philip Roth

Blake Bailey, Philip Roth: The Biography
(W. W. Norton)

“Bailey’s comprehensive life of Philip Roth—to tell it outright—is a narrative masterwork both of wholeness and particularity, of crises wedded to character, of character erupting into insight, insight into desire, and desire into destiny.”
–The New York Times

Hunter Biden_Beautiful Things

Hunter Biden, Beautiful Things
(Gallery Books)

“Yes, the book touches on (former President Donald) Trump and Biden’s Ukraine business, but more compelling are the vulnerable, human details of Biden’s personal life.”
–USA Today

My Broken Language_Quiara Alegria Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes, My Broken Language
(One World)

“Hudes is at her best when conveying the challenges of navigating two worlds—not feeling Puerto Rican enough to fully connect with her mother, and always feeling out of place when visiting her Jewish father and his new family.”
–Library Journal

the elephant of belfast_s kirk walsh

S. Kirk Walsh, The Elephant of Belfast 

“Inspired by true events, this moving story of two heroines—a female zookeeper and an adolescent elephant—speaks not only to the brutality of war, but also to religious tensions in Northern Ireland that remain pervasive today.”
–Washington Independent Review of Books

Chelsea Wald_Pipe Dreams

Chelsea Wald, Pipe Dreams
(Avid Reader Press)

“Science journalist Ward brings humor and curiosity to this history of the toilet and the ongoing environmental concerns surrounding it.”
–Library Journal

Sho_Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney, Sho
(Wave Books)

“Kearney’s prosody is miraculous. Explosive double beats launch the lines or hit the break like a hi-hat.”
–NPR Books

Pip Williams_The Dictionary of Lost Words

Pip Williams, The Dictionary of Lost Words
(Ballantine Books)

“Pip Williams combines the storytelling scale and intimate detail of a 19th-century novel with the sensibility of now—and a cast of richly realised characters and relationships that are a pleasure to spend time with.”
–The Sydney Morning Herald

Judy Batalion, The Light of Days

Judy Batalion, The Light of Days
(William Morrow)

The Light of Days pays tribute to their individual grit and their collective will to keep the Jewish people alive.”
–The Wall Street Journal

i'm waiting for you_bo-young kim

Bo-Young Kim, I’m Waiting for You and Other Stories
(Harper Voyager)

“This translation will help fill in some of the gaps in the availability of Korean sf in English, as well as please readers who enjoy lyrical, philosophical sf stories.”

Gina Frangello, Blow Your House Down

Gina Frangello, Blow Your House Down

“In this searing memoir, novelist Frangello charts the spectacular highs and devastating lows of her midlife with extraordinary candor.”
–Publishers Weekly

Subdivision_J. Robert Lennon

J. Robert Lennon, Subdivision

“An askew, uncanny—and consistently compelling—novel about memory, dislocation, and trauma.”

A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure_Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure
(Wave Books)

“This dense collection, rife with the life of the body, is proof of what language can bear witness to, a testament Nguyen makes wholly her own.”
–Publishers Weekly

Beth Pickens_Make Your Art No Matter What

Beth Pickens, Make Your Art No Matter What

“She emphasizes that art-making serves as an important emotional outlet that helps artists navigate their own lives, but also notes the ways art can motivate others.”
–Publishers Weekly

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