20 new books coming into the world today. ‹ Literary Hub

Katie Yee

June 14, 2022, 4:55am

Honestly, even if the rest of your week is terrible, at least today brings us new books from Lisa Taddeo, Ibram X. Kendi, Ada Calhoun, and more. What else could you want?

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ghost-lover

Lisa Taddeo, Ghost Lover
(Avid Reader Press)

“These are devastating stories of women’s pain, loss and compensatory behaviour. Taddeo is the 21st century’s more excoriating Edna O’Brien.”
–The Spectator

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Ibram X. Kendi, How to Raise an Antiracist
(One World)

“A readable and approachable guide … Because of its scope, nearly all readers will come away from Kendi’s message more aware and having found a point of resonance in their own lives.”
–Booklist

Also a Poet

Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me
(Grove Press)

“Deceptively tender and cleverly conceived … With Also a Poet, Calhoun seems to have created a new nonfiction genre: the biographical profile within a biographical profile within a memoir.”
–Shelf Awareness

body grammar

Jules Ohman, Body Grammar
(Vintage)

“The evocative narrative that explores the relationship between movement and self-expression in this title is gripping, nearly transporting readers into the bodies and minds of the characters.”
–Library Journal

everything i need i get from you

Kaitlyn Tiffany, Everything I Need I Get from You
(MCD x FSG Originals)

“A heartfelt memoir wrapped in an ethnographic analysis, as the author insightfully examines contemporary loneliness and our growing need to feel like we’re a part of something.”
–Kirkus

Amy Brady and Tajja Isen, eds., The World As We Knew It

Amy Brady and Tajja Isen, The World as We Knew It: Dispatches from a Changing Climate
(Catapult)

“The anthology’s resonant and introspective essays grieve what we’ve already lost, honor what we still have, and prepare us for whatever may come next.”
–BOMB Magazine

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Ashley Hutson, One’s Company
(W. W. Norton)

“This darkly clever work dramatizes the necessity and fragility of illusions, showing how they can crumble when broadcast to the world. Hutson is off to a brilliant start.”
–Publishers Weekly

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Sandra Newman, The Men
(Grove Press)

“Sandra Newman’s novel The Men takes that quandary and does something clever with it … It’s a morally hard-edged and grippingly weird fiction.”
–The Spectator

Geraldine Brooks, Horse: A Novel

Geraldine Brooks, Horse
(Viking)

“[She] has penned a clever and richly detailed novel about how we commodify, commemorate, and quantify winning in the United States, all through the lens of horse racing.”
–Library Journal

Jordan Castro, The Novelist

Jordan Castro, The Novelist
(Soft Skull)

The Novelist finds its comedy in the new self-hobbling patterns spawned by social media. Which are not exceptional for Castro, or for his novelist. Perhaps this is why the novel is so affecting. We know its sting.”
–The Brooklyn Rail

fire island

Jack Parlett, Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise
(Hanover Square Press)

Fire Island is an intimate history, alive to the importance of dress, sex, bodily alteration, insobriety and dance.”
–Times Literary Supplement

meet me by the fountain

Alexandra Lange, Meet Me By the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall
(Bloomsbury)

“Lucid and well researched, this is an insightful study of an overlooked and undervalued architectural form.”
–Publishers Weekly

Nandita Dinesh, This Place That Place
(Melville)

“Dinesh’s choice of pivotal moments is often insightful, as in her ‘split-screen’ approach to the he/she parallel perspectives (in pages featuring two columns) on what it’s like trying to sleep in a war zone, knowing that protesters or soldiers could break down the door at any moment.”
–The San Francisco Chronicle

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Anwen Crawford, No Document
(Transit Books)

“…what she has achieved is a stunningly crafted testament to the enduring power of art and literature.”
–Australian Book Review

who is wellness for?

Fariha Róisín, Who Is Wellness For?
(Harper Wave)

“In this blistering blend of memoir and cultural criticism, novelist Róisín (Like a Bird) traces her path to healing as an abuse survivor and takes an unsparing look at the appropriation and corruption of Eastern spiritual practices for Western audiences.”
–Publishers Weekly

Alexandra Lapierre_Belle Greene

Alexandra Lapierre, tr. Tina Kover, Belle Greene
(Europa)

“An engaging story about a brilliant woman who risks everything.”
–Kirkus

tom segura

Tom Segura, I’d Like to Play Alone, Please
(Grand Central)

“Tongue firmly in cheek, Segura elevates being average and occasionally obscene to something approaching the extraordinary … Often crude but undeniably funny.”
–Kirkus

wet hex

Sun Yung Shin, The Wet Hex
(Coffee House Press)

“Shin cites capaciously, bringing in Herman Melville, Rainer Maria Rilke and Korean burial rites. In a stunning collaboration with abstract artist Jinny Yu, they retell the Korean myth of Baridegi, a powerful healer abandoned as an infant because of her gender.”
–The Star Tribune

Ellyn Gaydos_Pig Years

Ellyn Gaydos, Pig Years
(Knopf)

“Unplotted, the memoir is, like life, peppered with significant, unforeseeable incidents … Such loveliness: prose style is a kind of magic.”
–Harper‘s

Black Panther

Don McGregor, Rich Buckler, Billy Graham, Stan Lee, Black Panther
(Penguin)

“Together, they comprise more than a thousand pages of exceptionally reproduced color panels whose artistry ranges from the merely competent to the spectacular. At many points, Black Panther, Captain America, and Spider-Man are not unlike Odysseus—tested by an array of villains, undone by their own arrogance, tempted by glory, unsure of their fates.”
–The Millions

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