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    Billy Wilder! The Wife of Bath! 21 books out in paperback this March.

    Gabrielle Bellot

    March 1, 2024, 4:55am

    Astonishing as it may seem, March—and, with it, the spring of 2024—is already here. March, like much of 2024, will almost certainly be a month of major events, given the extraordinary confluence of conflicts and political jockeying we’ve already had in the first two months of the year. It’s easy to give in to a feeling of dark unease if you’re the kind to doomscroll (and I do not recommend doomscrolling for anyone). On the other hand, we also have less darkness to look forward to as the sun keeps setting slightly later, granting us a little more daylight. And why not use that daylight and warmth to curl up with a new book?

    If that sounds like you, you’re in luck, Dear Reader. Below, you’ll find twenty-one books coming out in paperback this March. If you missed them the first time around, you’ve got another chance to get them now. And it’s worth it. You’ll find searing fiction from Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Catherine Lacey, Eleanor Catton, Cecile Pin, Aleksandar Hemon, Soraya Palmer, and many other brilliant writers; a study of Chaucer’s resonant character, the Wife of Bath; a lyrical genre-bending memoir by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton; an updated edition of Julia Serano’s groundbreaking trans text, Whipping Girl, complete with a new afterword from the author; the film critic Joseph McBride on Billy Wilder; and much, much more.

    It’s a month of new blossoms and new books alike, and, as with both, there’s almost always something lovely to look at, no matter what you’re in the mood for. May your to-be-read lists grow and grow.

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    In Memoriam - Winn, Alice

    Alice Winn, In Memoriam
    (Vintage)

    “It’s hard to believe that In Memoriam is a debut novel as it’s so assured, affecting and moving. Alice Winn has written a devastating love story between two young men that moves from the sheltered idyll of their public school to the unspeakable horrors of the Western Front during the First World War. Gaunt and Ellwood will live in your mind long after you’ve closed the final pages.”
    –Maggie O’Farrell

    Dust Child - Nguyen, Mai Phan Que

    Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Dust Child
    (Algonquin)

    “Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai will win…readers with her powerful and deeply empathetic second novel. From the horrors of war and its enduring afterlife for men and women, lovers and children, soldiers and civilians, she weaves a heartbreaking tale of lost ideals, human devotion, and hard-won redemption. Dust Child establishes Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai as one of our finest observers…and proves…her ability to captivate readers and lure them into Viet Nam’s rich and poignant history.”
    –Viet Thanh Nguyen

    Biography of X - Lacey, Catherine

    Catherine Lacey, Biography of X
    (Picador)

    “This is a major novel, and a notably audacious one. Lacey is pulling from a deep reservoir. Beneath the counterfactuals, and the glamour and squalor of Manhattan nightlife, and the mythologies bought and sold, she’s telling a love story of a broken sort. C.M. is flinging rope between her present and past. This book is about facing, and accepting, the things you didn’t want to know.”
    The New York Times

    The Wife of Bath: A Biography - Turner, Marion

    Marion Turner, The Wife of Bath: A Biography
    (Princeton University Press)

    “The history of women in the Middle Ages is fraught with uncertainties, especially when it comes to source material and authorship; Turner unfurls this complexity in elegant, quietly angry prose, grounded in deep scholarly research….Turner’s biography of Alison of Bath demonstrates the stunning resonance of medieval prejudice in the present.”
    The New York Times Book Review

    Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth - Mouton, Deborah D. E. E. P.

    Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth
    (Holt)

    “The book is lyrical, tender, and generous, celebrating the beauty of the oppressed with wildly imaginative and artfully rendered prose….This innovative mix of myth and nonfiction is a pleasure to read. A formally inventive celebration of Black womanhood.”
    Kirkus Reviews

    This Isn't Going to End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I Knew - Wallace, Daniel

    Daniel Wallace, This Isn’t Going to End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I Knew
    (Algonquin)

    “Novelist Wallace (Big Fish) pays loving tribute to his late brother-in-law, William Nealy, in this deeply felt memoir….Wallace’s elegiac narrative shimmers with deep admiration for a man who always played by his own rules and stood by the people he loved. This will entrance readers from the first page.”
    Publishers Weekly

    Birnam Wood - Catton, Eleanor

    Eleanor Catton, Birnam Wood
    (Picador)

    “A generational cri de coeur….A sophisticated page-turner….Birnam Wood nearly made me laugh with pleasure. The whole thing crackles….Greta Gerwig could film this novel, but so could Quentin Tarantino.”
    The New York Times

    Künstlers in Paradise - Schine, Cathleen

    Cathleen Schine, Künstlers in Paradise
    (Holt)

    “Few authors could pull off what Cathleen Schine does in Künstlers in Paradise: creating a seamless, multilayered saga about family dynamics and relationships, immigration, the early days of Hollywood and the often disturbingly cyclical nature of history….Künstlers in Paradise is truly a trove of unexpected rewards.”
    BookPage

    The World and All That It Holds - Hemon, Aleksandar

    Aleksandar Hemon, The World and All That It Holds
    (Picador)

    “Aleksandar Hemon’s The World and All That It Holds is one of the finest novels I’ve ever read, and like all great stories, it refuses to be pigeonholed. It’s a road novel, an immigrant tale, a ghost story, a family portrait, a mystery, a historical epic, a war novel, and yes, a love story—it is all that and more, a feat of unfettered literary bravura. In short, a masterpiece.”
    –Rabih Alameddine

    We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America - Asgarian, Roxanna

    Roxanna Asgarian, We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America
    (Picador)

    We Were Once a Family fills in [a] crucial gap by tracing how two Texas sibling groups…came to be removed from their families….By meticulously showing how social workers, legal officials, and other authorities repeatedly failed the families, We Were Once a Family powerfully uses this one story…to expose how what happened to these children is indicative of the classism and racism still baked into the institution.”
    The Atlantic

    Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity - Serano, Julia

    Julia Serano, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
    (Seal Press)

    “Julia Serano is the wise, acerbic brain at the center of the transgender movement. The original edition of Whipping Girl forever connected trans theory to feminism and queer studies….Julia Serano is more than a brilliant writer and theorist; she’s also a tremendously compassionate, humane woman whose work has enlarged the lives of all her readers. Urgent, contentious, generous, and brilliant.”
    –Jennifer Finney Boylan

    Stfu: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World - Lyons, Dan

    Dan Lyons, STFU: The Power of Keeping Your Mouth Shut in an Endlessly Noisy World
    (Holt)

    “Want to help with those loudmouthed jerks, the ones polluting our media and our minds of late? Want to avoid being one yourself? STFU teaches us what we all need to learn: how to listen, pause and speak. How to communicate with intention, and power. The book opens your mind by closing your mouth. I could go on, but I’ll shut up now.”
    –Aaron James

    The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts - Palmer, Soraya

    Soraya Palmer, The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts
    (Catapult)

    “What happens to stories that are born of another land? When they migrate multiple times and across multiple generations? Soraya Palmer’s ambitious and passionate debut, The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts, is a thoughtful exploration of these questions….This is a book written with the gods of storytelling in mind; it highlights what stories can do–that it’s not just the stories that evolve with each telling, but we ourselves who are rearranged too.”
    –Ingrid Rojas-Contreras

    Wandering Souls - Pin, Cecile

    Cecile Pin, Wandering Souls
    (Holt)

    Wandering Souls is more than a story of sacrifice and familial duty. The author has greater ambitions, first signaled in the intricate story structure she builds….What emerges is something special—a polyvocal novel, an essay on inherited trauma and a quiet metafiction about telling stories we don’t own.”
    –Eric Nguyen

    Users - Winnette, Colin

    Colin Winette, Users
    (Soft Skull)

    Users creeps upon the reader like the well-designed programs it describes, disguising itself as a tome about the future, virtual reality, the tech world, and what tantalizing dangers it wreaks. But what is truly frightening about this extraordinary book is the center of its futuristic shell—an unsettling look at marriage, parenting, and relationships that will lurk in the reader’s mind long after the final page. Colin Winnette has written a delicious nightmare. Welcome to its open maw.”
    –Esmé Weijun Wang

    Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge - McBride, Joseph

    Joseph McBride, Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge
    (Columbia University Press)

    “Easily the most insightful, lively, and thought-provoking book on film I’ve come across this year; no one is better than McBride when it comes to exploring and clarifying the complex intersection between cultural, historical, and psychological forces that yields an artist’s work, and his volume on Wilder is as good as anything he’s ever written—which means it’s as good as anything any film critic has ever written.”
    –Jim Hemphill

    Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World - Harris, Malcolm

    Malcolm Harris, Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World
    (Back Bay Books)

    “Extraordinary. In lucid, personal, often funny, and always insightful prose, Malcolm Harris finds the driving thrust of reaction not in capitalism’s left-behind regions but in its vanguard: California, and specifically Silicon Valley. We have not yet felt the full force of the shit storm that the titans of tech have been conjuring. We soon will. If you want to understand what’s coming, you need to read this book.”
    –Greg Grandin

    Games and Rituals: Stories - Heiny, Katherine

    Katherine Heiny, Games and Rituals: Stories
    (Vintage)

    “Much of the world spent a year or two or three enclosed with the people we were supposed to be most intimate with. It seems only natural then that the interest now would be to put those relationships under scrutiny. Heiny’s new story collection tests the limits of these relationships over and over again, challenging the institutions of family and marriage….Heiny captures the domestic tension perfectly.”
    Chicago Review of Books

    The Drinker of Horizons - Couto, Mia

    Mia Couto, The Drinker of Horizons
    (Picador)

    “In this concluding volume to an ambitious trilogy about the history of Mozambique, Mia Couto wrestles with issues like colonialism, religious conflicts, and notions of family. It’s also subtly subversive; the star-crossed lovers in the narrative are kept separate, and many of the political maneuverings take place offscreen. The result is a moving tale with complex characters that rarely goes where you’d expect.”
    –Tobias Carroll

    This Bird Has Flown - Hoffs, Susanna

    Susanna Hoffs, This Bird Has Flown
    (Back Bay Books)

    “A clever and entertaining debut novel about the nagging ambivalence of love, missed connections and the transcendent power of a great two-minute pop song….Hoffs spins the gears of her antic narrative with sharp, sardonic wit and an insider’s feel for the mixed blessings of pop fame and a fickle public….[This] is the power of music; it can give us the key to ourselves at those times when we need it the most. Hoffs understands this acutely, which is why This Bird Has Flown rings so true.”
    The Los Angeles Times

    He Said He Would Be Late - Sullivan, Justine

    Justine Sullivan, He Said He Would Be Late
    (Holt)

    He Said He Would Be Late is mesmerizing and propulsive—at once a humorous and relatable exploration of motherhood and marriage and an entirely successful story of suspense. I absolutely adored this book.”
    –Nora Murphy

    Read the opening lines of Sally Rooney’s next novel.

    Drew Broussard

    February 29, 2024, 10:37am

    Get out your bucket hats: Sally Rooney has a new novel! Intermezzo will be arriving September 24 from FSG (and Knopf in Canada, and Faber in the UK). You are likely familiar with Rooney’s work, but just in case you need a reminder or recently woke up from a decades-long nap, Rooney is the international bestselling author of Beautiful World Where Are You, Normal People, and Conversations With Friends. The latter two novels were turned into major television events featuring beautiful Irish people and their feelings. In 2022, Time magazine named her among the 100 most influential people in global culture.

    Here’s the jacket copy:

    Aside from the fact that they are brothers, Peter and Ivan Koubek seem to have little in common. Peter is a Dublin lawyer in his thirties—successful, competent, and apparently unassailable. But in the wake of their father’s death, he’s medicating himself to sleep and struggling to manage his relationships with two very different women—his enduring first love, Sylvia, and Naomi, a college student for whom life is one long joke.

    Ivan is a twenty-two-year-old competitive chess player. He has always seen himself as socially awkward, a loner, the antithesis of his glib elder brother. Now, in the early weeks of his bereavement, Ivan meets Margaret, an older woman emerging from her own turbulent past, and their lives become rapidly and intensely intertwined.

    For two grieving brothers and the people they love, this is a new interlude—a period of desire, despair, and possibility; a chance to find out how much one life might hold inside itself without breaking.

    And those opening lines, per Faber Books:

    Sounds like what one might expect from a Sally Rooney joint—but this time, family! Brothers, even! There is sure to be discourse, so best start preparing yourselves now—it’ll be just the thing to distract us from what will certainly, by that time, be an inevitable and pervasive feeling of doom regarding the 2024 elections. Preorder it here.

    An imprisoned Palestinian author has been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

    Dan Sheehan

    February 28, 2024, 12:13pm

    A Mask, the Color of the Sky , the latest novel by imprisoned Palestinian author Basim Khandaqji, has been named among the six finalists for the 2024 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

    A Mask, the Color of the Sky revolves around the life of Nur, an archaeologist residing in a refugee camp in Ramallah. The story follows Nur’s discovery of a blue ID card belonging to an Israeli citizen tucked inside the pocket of an old coat. Intrigued, Nur assumes the persona of the card’s owner to gain access to excavation sites in the West Bank, and insight into his oppressor.

    “This is the first time in the history of the Prize that a novel from (literally) behind the walls of an Israeli jail reaches out to readers on the other side,” Professor Yasir Suleiman, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said after unveiling the shortlist.

    Khandaqji, born in Nablus in 1983, was arrested in 2004 at the age of 21 by Israeli authorities on terrorism charges and convicted of three life sentences for his participation in the planning of a suicide bombing that killed three people in Tel Aviv.

    Khandaqji finished his education in prison and has since written at least six books, including four novels and two collections of poems.

    As reported by ArabLit earlier this month, in an interview with the IPAF organizers, Khandaqji’s brother said that A Mask, the Color of the Sky was written between June and November 2021, “in difficult circumstances.” He added, “Basim was inside various prisons, moving from one prison to another because of the arbitrary measures taken by the prison service administration. Occasionally he would lose some of the information he had collected because a prison guard destroyed it.”

    With regard to his writing rituals, his brother answered:

    Writing rituals? No rituals apart from writing from 5 to 7am, that is what Basim told me on one of the monthly visits which last only 45 minutes. He writes before the prison administration counts the prisoners, and before the prison guard starts making a racket, which he is adept at finding new ways of doing. In these two hours, Basim writes approximately two pages, and very often the papers are taken from him and destroyed by the guard. Here of course I don’t mean that this happens only to Basim. It happens to all the prisoners who are writing while in detention.

     

    Even if Khandaqji is selected as this year’s winner, he is unlikely to receive the $50,000 prize. The Israel Prison Service told Israeli media that “if it decided that a terrorist should be rewarded with a prize, it would be impossible to receive it.” Indeed, the author may not even be aware of his nomination, with Khandaqji’s family saying in January that they have not been able to contact him in recent months.

     

    Palestinian author Osama Al-Eissa’s The Seventh Heaven of Jerusalem was also shortlisted for this year’s prize. The novel is set in Jerusalem during the 1970s, a time when the city’s inhabitants faced the challenges of war and famine.

     

    Known as “the Arabic Booker,” the International Prize for Arabic Fiction was established in 2007 to recognize excellence in contemporary Arabic literature and promote a global readership of Arabic literary works, and is now widely regarded as the most prestigious literary prize in the Arab world.

    Previous winners include Hoda Barakat (2019, for The Night Mail), Ahmed Saadawi (2014, for Frankenstein in Baghdad), and Mohammed Achaari (2011, for The Arch and the Butterfly).

    Each of the six finalists will receive $10,000, and the winner, to be announced on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Book Fair in late April, will be awarded an additional $50,000. The prize also covers the cost of translating the winning books into English.

    Jean Jullien’s enormous blue bookworms are a work of literary (and capitalist) delight.

    Emily Temple

    February 28, 2024, 10:47am

    On February 24th, iconic Parisian department store Le Bon Marché unveiled a new project curated by Sarah Andelman, co-founder of the (almost) equally iconic concept store Colette. “Mise en Page,” which Andelman created with French artist Jean Jullien, who is also a cofounder of the Korean brand NouNou.

    Just like Colette, “Mise en Page” is retail, art, and experience all at once—this time with a specifically literary theme. Two enormous blue “Paper People,” created by Jean Jullien, are the centerpiece of the space: one reads on a stack of books while the other reaches up into the “shelves” of the curated retail space, which, according to The New York Times, “includes more than 1,000 items in a Colette-esque range of categories and prices, ranging from a three-euro commemorative postcard to a 60,000-euro table designed by the architect Aline Asmar d’Amman.”

    Iconic bookstores like The Strand, Shakespeare & Co., Cow Books, and Books Are Magic are represented, along with plenty of other carefully selected brands, like Out of Print, Baggu, and Penco, and along with, of course, plenty of NouNou and Andelman’s own brand, Just an Idea. Sounds like “bookish” heaven—but not to fear, if you can’t get to Paris before “Mise en Page” closes on April 21, you can always shop the exhibition online.

     

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    Tommy Orange! Carson McCullers! The Village Voice! 24 new books out today.

    Gabrielle Bellot

    February 27, 2024, 4:52am

    As February slinks to a close—and, if you’re like me, as you start wondering how on Earth it can already nearly be March!—you might be on the search for something fresh to read. If so, you’re in quite the luck, for I’ve got twenty-four new books to recommend checking out, all of which are out today. In particular, it’s an excellent day for new nonfiction.

    Below, you’ll find new novels from Tommy Orange, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Emily Howes, and more, as well as new translations of subversive fiction from the Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin; a powerful new collection of poems by the Irish writer Declan Ryan; a biography of Carson McCullers from Mary V. Dearborn, which features previously unknown details about the celebrated queer writer; Tricia Romano on the radical, generation-defining paper The Village Voice; a capacious memoir of indigenous American life from Deborah Taffa; a moving reflection on grief by Sloane Crosley; a queer graphic memoir by Maurice Vellekoop; Natasha S. Alford on being Afro-Latina; a number of timely political books, including an analysis of the history and present of reproductive rights by Gretchen Sisson; and much, much more.

    Basically, there’s a bevy of fascinating, fantastical, and thought-provoking books to choose from, and I hope you’ll find joy curling up in the last cool days of February with one of these.

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    Wandering Stars - Orange, Tommy

    Tommy Orange, Wandering Stars
    (Knopf)

    “If there was any doubt after his incredible debut, there should be none now: Tommy Orange is one of our most important writers. The way he weaves time and life together, demands we remember how our history shapes us. In this novel the pain and resilience of generations are summoned beautifully. A wonderous journey and a necessary reminder.”
    –Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

    The American Daughters - Ruffin, Maurice Carlos

    Maurice Carlos Ruffin, The American Daughters
    (One World)

    “Maurice Carlos Ruffin’s third book is a tour de force. An intelligent and haunting novel that grapples with the legacies of American slavery, The American Daughters features a sparkling cast of engaging Black women that you won’t soon forget.”
    –Lauren Wilkinson

    The Painter's Daughters - Howes, Emily

    Emily Howes, The Painter’s Daughters
    (Simon & Schuster)

    “A thoughtful and thought-provoking debut novel that brings to life the daughters of painter Thomas Gainsborough. Emily Howes is a talented writer who vividly evokes Regency England but doesn’t shy away from exploring how its glittering society could constrain and threaten young women. An engaging and enjoyable mix of historical fact and beautifully-imagined fiction.”
    –Joanna Quinn

    Carson McCullers: A Life - Dearborn, Mary V.

    Mary V. Dearborn, Carson McCullers: A Life
    (Knopf)

    “The triumphs and tragedies of an American writer. Drawing on abundant archival material, much not available to earlier biographers, Dearborn offers a thorough, passionate recounting of the life of Carson McCullers (1917-1967), a writer with an ‘unerring instinct for the outsider’s life’….A well-researched, sensitive literary biography.”
    Kirkus Reviews

    Whiskey Tender: A Memoir - Taffa, Deborah

    Deborah Taffa, Whiskey Tender
    (Harper)

    “I was completely taken by Whiskey Tender: its gorgeous sentences, its searing observations about identity and loss and inheritance, and its exploration of generational and terrestrial traumas. This is a strong and special book.”
    –Carmen Maria Machado

    Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm - Clein, Emmeline

    Emmeline Clein, Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm
    (Knopf)

    “[Clein] pulls no punches in her analysis of eating disorders and their psychological underpinnings, and her prose style is urgent, intense, and often captivating….This is a book that deserves attention—not just by those suffering from eating disorders, but by anyone trying to understand this insidious phenomenon.”
    Kirkus Reviews

    Crisis Actor: Poems - Ryan, Declan

    Declan Ryan, Crisis Actor: Poems
    (FSG)

    “Among the so many things that make Crisis Actor extraordinary is how each poem is formally skilled and shrewd and smart, while, at the same time, profoundly packed with emotion. The book is carefully structured: the placement of the brilliant ‘boxer/boxing poems’ in the book is perfect….Ryan places himself among the great Irish poets and writers unafraid of sentiment and sensuousness, beauty and love, taking on history, ever-alive in the physical world, melding his traditions as his own.”
    –Lawrence Joseph

    My Beloved Life - Kumar, Amitava

    Amitava Kumar, My Beloved Life
    (Knopf)

    “This profound book is full of lives whose beauty lies in the wholeness of their telling. A father, a daughter, a crime, a country being born, a migration, another country, a plague. ‘We are in touch with a great astonishing mystery when we put honest words down on paper to register a life and to offer witness. Everything else is ordinary,’ Kumar writes. His novel offers magnificent witness, and is not ordinary but extraordinary.”
    –Salman Rushdie

    A Woman of Pleasure - Murata, Kiyoko

    Kiyoko Murata, A Woman of Pleasure (trans. Juliette Winter Carpenter)
    (Counterpoint)

    “With crystalline economy precisely calibrated to a world where money, beauty, power, and the lifeforce of women are measured against the value of pleasure and exchanged for survival, Kiyoko Murata’s novel comes alive with exacting force. Reading A Woman of Pleasure is like walking into the stratified rooms of Shinonome vibrant with a kaleidoscopic range of perspectives….A marvel.”
    –Asako Serizawa

    American Negra: A Memoir - Alford, Natasha S.

    Natasha S. Alford, American Negra: A Memoir
    (Harper)

    “In her searing debut, Alford smartly and candidly examines what it means to be Black and Latina in America, and interrogates identity, class, race and success—on her terms. American Negra is required reading for anyone longing to understand the intricacies of intersectionality in this country, and be inspired in the process.”
    –Sunny Hostin

    Grief Is for People - Crosley, Sloane

    Sloane Crosley, Grief Is for People
    (MCD)

    “An indelible portrait of a singular friendship, Grief Is for People is a beautifully written and sharply observed memoir about grief, yes, but also: secrets, betrayal, rage, work, community, and most of all, love. It’s both a provocation and a balm to the soul.”
    –Dani Shapiro

    I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together: A Memoir - Vellekoop, Maurice

    Maurice Vellekoop, I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together
    (Pantheon Books)

    “Vivid pictures from a gay life. In an honest, often self-deprecating coming-of-age graphic memoir, Canadian cartoonist and illustrator Vellekoop recounts growing up gay in 1970s Toronto, where his family was a member of the conservative Christian Reformed Church, which viewed homosexuality as a sin….Vellekoop structures his memoir in short chapters, each focused on a particular period in his life….A raw, revealing chronicle.”
    Kirkus Reviews

    Moon of the Turning Leaves - Rice, Waubgeshig

    Waubgeshig Rice, Moon of the Turning Leaves
    (William Morrow)

    “If you’ve ever wondered how the Anishinaabe way would fare after the Great Collapse, this is the novel for you. Fans of McCarthy’s The Road and The Walking Dead will feel right at home here with the intrigue, the dread and the hope. What a magnificent read. Mahsi cho, Waubgeshig Rice. Bravo!”
    –Richard Van Camp

    Green Dot - Gray, Madeleine

    Madeleine Gray, Green Dot
    (Holt)

    “Madeleine Gray takes a scalpel to millennial malaise, office romance, and infidelity, and the result is a brainy, gutsy, nervy–and hilarious–wonder of a novel.”
    –Meg Howrey

    The Freaks Came Out to Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture - Romano, Tricia

    Tricia Romano, The Freaks Came Out to Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture
    (PublicAffairs)

    “Romano debuts with a phenomenal oral history….Brimming with riveting anecdotes and capturing its subject’s rollicking spirit, this is a remarkable portrait of the ‘nation’s first alternative newspaper.'”
    Publishers Weekly

    Normal Women: Nine Hundred Years of Making History - Gregory, Philippa

    Philippa Gregory, Normal Women: Nine Hundred Years of Making History
    (HarperOne)

    “This ambitious book is a rich contribution to women’s public history [in Britain]—and a powerful reminder that normal women have long made history.”
    BBC History

    Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood - Sisson, Gretchen

    Gretchen Sisson, Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood
    (St. Martin’s Press)

    “As jurists and politicians push adoption as an alternative to abortion, Gretchen Sisson’s compelling, compassionate book is timely and essential reading. By putting birth parents at the center, Relinquished complicates the rosy popular narratives of adoption, liberal and conservative alike. But it is also a profoundly human and moving account of real people’s lives, told with sensitivity and grace.”
    –Irin Carmon

    Blue Lard - Sorokin, Vladimir

    Vladimir Sorokin, Blue Lard (trans. Max Lawton)
    (NYRB)

    “Armed with fearless wit, giga-brain wordplay, and epicurean style to spare, iconoclastic supernova Vladimir Sorokin’s Blue Lard hits like a pipe bomb in the despot’s wet dream of how we are. Already an archetypal subversive masterpiece that has literally incited right-wing riots in the streets—and now brought to new life in a bravura high-wire translation by Max Lawton—Gravity’s RainbowNaked LunchThe 120 Days of Sodom, and Dr. Strangelove could be good kin….Like fresh air in a gashouse, a waterfall in an inferno, what a blessing there’s Sorokin.”
    –Blake Butler

    Red Pyramid and Other Stories - Sorokin, Vladimir

    Vladimir Sorokin, Red Pyramid and Other Stories (trans. Max Lawton)
    (NYRB)

    “Extravagant, remarkable, politically and socially devastating, the tone and style without precedent, the parables merciless, the nightmares beyond outrance, the violence unparalleled, these stories, translated with fearless agility by Max Lawton, showcase the great novelist Vladimir Sorokin at his divinely disturbing best.”
    –Joy Williams

    White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy - Schaller, Tom

    Tom Schaller, Paul Waldman, White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy
    (Random House)

    “With White Rural Rage, Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman…ask a crucial question: Why do so many white Americans fall for the authoritarian demagoguery…being peddled by the GOP? Moreover, how does this threaten the entire nation? Deploying a deft combination of data analysis and reporting from the heartland, they chronicle the decline of rural America and the rise of grievances….an important book that ought to be read by anyone who wants to understand politics in the perilous Age of Trump.”
    –David Corn

    Attack from Within: How Disinformation Is Sabotaging America - McQuade, Barbara

    Barbara McQuade, Attack from Within: How Disinformation Is Sabotaging America
    (Seven Stories Press)

    “Barbara McQuade has written a compelling page turner. You’ll learn how authoritarians destroy democracy through mis- and disinformation and the psychological forces inherent in all of us that make us believe them even when we know it’s a con.”
    –Jill Wine-Banks

    American Woman: The Transformation of the Modern First Lady, from Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden - Rogers, Katie

    Katie Rogers, American Woman: The Transformation of the Modern First Lady, from Hillary Clinton to Jill Biden
    (Crown Publishing Group)

    “Rogers rigorously examines the notion of legacy and the first lady in the modern era. These women, she maintains, are ‘the most known (and often least understood) women in America.’ Rogers’ unerring journalistic evaluation of the person behind the post should help change all that.”
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    The Darkest White: A Mountain Legend and the Avalanche That Took Him - Blehm, Eric

    Eric Blehm, The Darkest White: A Mountain Legend and the Avalanche That Took Him
    (Harper)

    “Eric Blehm offers an insightful perspective on how Craig Kelly became the effortless icon that we all revered as well as sobering details of how his heroic journey tragically ended. The Darkest White is a must read, not just for fans of snowboarding, but for anyone looking for inspiration from an unlikely hero.”
    –Tony Hawk

    The Deerfield Massacre: A Surprise Attack, a Forced March, and the Fight for Survival in Early America - Swanson, James L.

    James L. Swanson, The Deerfield Massacre: A Surprise Attack, a Forced March, and the Fight for Survival in Early America
    (Scribner)

    “A wonderful read! James Swanson’s eloquent and gripping account of Deerfield’s bloody past transports readers across space and time, while critically assessing the town’s multiple efforts to grapple with its history. He explores the persistence of colonial memories, and welcomes the inclusion of often-ignored Native American voices and perspectives….Swanson evokes disparate and unexpectedly poetic connections. He invites readers to walk with him into, through, and beyond this complicated past.”
    –Margaret M. Bruchac

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