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Rejoice, for here are 20 new books coming out today.

Katie Yee

May 18, 2021, 4:48am

You know that song that goes, “I don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s gray and Wednesday too?” Well, apparently The Cure has never heard of a little thing we like to call New Books Tuesday (or NewBoosDay, if you will). Who can be gray when there are new books to hold?!


Goblin_Josh Malerman

Josh Malerman, Goblin
(Del Rey)

“Bram Stoker Award winner Malerman (Bird Box) delivers a chilling collection of tales about a place that’s likely to linger in the imagination.”
–Library Journal

let the record show

Sarah Schulman, Let the Record Show

“An in-depth and fully realized account … a text that offers younger queer activists a rare study of their own history.”


Claire Fuller, Unsettled Ground
(Tin House)

“Fuller explores the painful realities of poverty and social isolation with immense sensitivity in this multilayered and emotionally astute novel.”
–The Guardian

The Window Seat

Aminatta Forna, The Window Seat
(Grove Press)

“Forna retains a lightness of touch and depth of insight in her writing, alongside perceptible senses of both self-awareness and humor.”
–The Boston Globe

Nervous System by Lina Meruane

Lina Meruane, tr. Megan McDowell, Nervous System
(Graywolf Press)

“A complex, melancholy tale of a woman on the brink.”

Good Behaviour_Molly Keane

Molly Keane, Good Behaviour

Good Behaviour is nearly flawless, its satire a blade sharpened almost to transparency.”
–Chicago Tribune

dead souls_sam riviere

Sam Riviere, Dead Souls

“Full of clever postmodern flourishes, self-referential winks and riotous set pieces. It’s funny, smart and beautifully written.”
–The Guardian

Jeff Guinn_War on the Border

Jeff Guinn, War on the Border
(Simon & Schuster)

“A riveting account of a dynamic period featuring larger-than-life characters and plenty of drama and suspense.”

"The Atmospherians" by Alex McElroy

Alex McElroy, The Atmospherians

“McElroy’s impressive debut novel lands a well-crafted jab at toxic masculinity and attempts to control it.”
–Publishers Weekly

Brian Broome, Punch Me Up to the Gods

Brian Broome, Punch Me Up to the Gods
(Houghton Mifflin)

“An engrossing memoir about growing up Black and gay and finding a place in the world.”

Nancy Tucker, The First Day of Spring

“The taut, meticulously observed narration, which alternates between Chrissie’s youthful and adult perspectives, mines the dangers that childhood trauma causes both its victims and those around them.”
–Publishers Weekly

Elizabeth Hinton_America on Fire

Elizabeth Hinton, America on Fire

“A must-read for all concerned with civil rights and social justice in modern America.”

Carol Leonnig_Zero Fail

Carol Leonnig, Zero Fail
(Random House)

“Leonnig, a Washington Post journalist with three Pulitzers under her belt, is thorough and unsparing in her account. Page by page and detail by implacable detail.”
–The Washington Post

On Violence_Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose, On Violence on Violence Against Women

“To read Rose is to understand that there is no border between us and the world; it is an invitation to a radical kind of responsibility.”
–The New York Times

yusef salaam_better not bitter

Yusef Salaam, Better, Not Bitter
(Grand Central)

“Punctuating his prose with memorable images (‘Fear was playing Double Dutch with my mind’), Salaam denounces a system of injustice built on the backs of Black people, demonized as born criminals.”


Barry Meier, Spooked

“Meier adds color and depth to the political saga … an illuminating look at a shadowy industry.”
–Publishers Weekly

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford, Light Perpetual

“Thanks to Spufford’s narrative wizardry, all five protagonists come to vivid life in this spectacularly moving story.”
–Publishers Weekly

Lost In Summerland

Barrett Swanson, Lost in Summerland

“Full of measured skepticism, Swanson’s sharp interrogation of contemporary American life hits hard and true.”
–Publishers Weekly

Highway Blue, Ailsa McFarlane

Ailsa McFarlane, Highway Blue

“McFarlane’s dreamy if tepid debut follows a young couple on the run from the police in a cinematically rendered American West.”
–Publishers Weekly

Patrick K. O'donnell_The Indispensables

Patrick K. O’Donnell, The Indispensables
(Atlantic Monthly)

“A vivid account of an impressive Revolutionary War unit and a can’t-miss choice for fans of O’Donnell’s previous books.”

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