16 new books to pick up today. ‹ Literary Center

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July 19, 2022, 4:25 a.m.

Must suck being most days of the week. Most days of the week new books don’t come out. But TGIT: Thank goodness it’s Tuesday.

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia, daughter of Doctor Moreau

Silvia Moreno Garcia, The daughter of Doctor Moreau
(Del Rey)

“…she skilfully combines fantasy, adventure and even romance; the result is hard to categorize but certainly a lot of fun. This isn’t the first book to riff on HG Wells The island of Doctor Moreau (1896), but it is certainly one of the best.
–Kirkus

Elvia Wilk, Death by Landscape: Essays

Elvia Wilk, Death by Landscape
(Soft skull)

“The novelist Wilk (oval) brings together his memoirs and literary criticism and reporting in this superb collection… Taken together, the essays are elegant and powerful. This one packs a punch.
–Publisher Weekly

Jamil Jan Kochai, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
(Viking)

“Kochai is a tremendously gifted writer, and this collection is a delight to read, filled with stories that are both funny and deeply serious, formally bold and complex in their apprehension of the contradictory yet overlapping worlds of their characters.”
–Harper’s

Ellen Jovin, rebel with a clause
(Marine)

“The invitation she poses in her introduction – ‘Now please lay down on a nice couch with this book and do some grammar therapy’ – is worth accepting.”
–Kirkus

Rebecca Stott, dark earth
(Random house)

“Rich in history and folklore… Stott is shrewd in using stories to control others and maintain power… The feminine challenge is felt as her women reclaim this brutal period of men.”
-The telegraph

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Josephine Johnson, Now in November
(Scriber)

“Here is a book that should be required reading for anyone who downplays the problems of farmers and lacks enough imagination to see what drought and famine mean in a civilized world.”
–Kirkus

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Alison B. Hart, The working woman
(Graydon House)

“Hart has created a captivating and piercing look at the trade-offs and choices women make to succeed and thrive.”
-List of books

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Jem Calder, reward system
(MCD)

“…as up-to-date as these stories feel, reward system belongs firmly to the tradition of fictional miniaturism: Calder’s stories are all granular portraits of micro-interactions between people in ostensibly mundane settings, typed on six inches of LCD glass.
-The Guardian

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Laura Chinn, Acne
(Hatchet)

“If tragedy and time equal comedy, then this book has perfected that formula. Chinn’s memoirs are surreal in their reality, offering a very unique perspective on healing, both from the epidermis and from the core.
–Library Journal

Liska Jacobs, the pink hotel

Lisa Jacobs, The pink hotel
(MCD)

The pink hotel is by turns a love story, a social satire, an elegy for the planet, a farewell to the glamor of old Hollywood and, above all, a morality tale.
–Alta

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Eve Fairbanks, The heirs
(Simon & Schuster)

“As Fairbanks makes clear, South Africa’s complicated past continues to define the lives of black Africans, white Afrikaners and immigrants from formerly colonized African countries such as Mozambique and Angola. The heirs covers a lot of ground.
–BookPage

Ben Riggs, slay the dragon
(St. Martin Press)

“With a wealth of research and candid interviews, Riggs investigates the many missteps that would ultimately spoil ‘stunning years of success’ for the tabletop gaming giant… A compelling corporate saga mired in myth-making .”
–Kirkus

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Douglas Murphy, Latest Futures
(Back)

“Murphy tells the story of this counter-revolution concisely and effectively. . . A fresh and haunting way to explain what happened to the radical 60s and 70s as a whole, according to Murphy, probably the last chance the West had to create a decent and environmentally sustainable society.
-The Guardian

Shmutz

Felicia Berliner, Shmutz
(Headsets)

“… shines in its descriptions of a deeply religious life, both in its inequalities and its enchantments… This courageous and revealing account is full of surprises.”
–Publisher Weekly

IN BRIEF, A DELICIOUS LIFE by Nell Stevens

Nell Stevens, In short, a delicious life
(Scriber)

“A teenage ghost falls in love with a writer who doesn’t know she exists in this playful, otherworldly debut novel.”
-Stylist

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Isaac Fitzgerald, Dirtbag, Massachusetts: a confessional
(Bloomsbury)

“… it is in celebration, not in trauma, that Dirtbag, MA finds Fitzgerald tapping into his most vulnerable self…Fitzgerald shows again and again that there is beauty to be found in the midst of pain, however difficult it may be to watch.
– San Francisco Chronicle

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