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Books of the Week

Each week we feature a newly released title that you ought to know about! Click below to read more about each of our recent Books of the Week.

May

Second Place
by Rachel Cusk

You know when you’re reading a page of Rachel Cusk’s fiction. Her narrators tug insistently if coolly at the central knots of being. They analyze every emotion as if it were freshly invented. Nothing is extraneous. – Dwight Garner, The New York Times

 

April

White Magic
by Elissa Washuta

White magic, red magic, Stevie Nicks magic—this is Elissa Washuta magic, which is a spell carved from a life, written in blood, and sealed in an honesty I can hardly fathom.
— Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

 

Crying in H Mart
by Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner has written a book you experience with all of your senses: sentences you can taste, paragraphs that sound like music. She seamlessly blends stories of food and memory, sumptuousness and grief, to weave a complex narrative of loyalty and loss. -Rachel Syme

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing
by Lauren Hough

Hough’s writing will break your heart... This is one of those rare books that will instantly become part of the literary canon, and the world of letters will be better for it. -Roxane Gay

My Broken Language
by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes is in her own league. Her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories.
—Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning creator of Hamilton

March

On Time and Water
by Andri Snær Magnason

On Time and Water is about connections--across generations, cultures, landscapes, and species--showing us how delicate are the networks on which our survival depends, how precariously all natural life is poised on the brink of destruction. Combining memoir, interviews, literature, and science to give words to a catastrophe too enormous to comprehend, this book is a letter of farewell to lost worlds and a passionate appeal to preserve what remains.
-Anuradha Roy, author of All the Lives We Never Lived

Three O'Clock in the Morning
by Gianrico Carofiglio

A coming-of-age novel--a heady union of Before Sunrise and Beautiful Ruins--about a father and his teenage son who are forced to spend two sleepless nights exploring the city of Marseilles, a journey of unexpected adventure and profound discovery that helps them come to truly know each other.

Brood
by Jackie Polzin

An exquisite new literary voice--wryly funny, nakedly honest, beautifully observational, in the vein of Jenny Offill and Elizabeth Strout--depicts one woman's attempt to keep her four chickens alive while reflecting on a recent loss

Klara and the Sun
by Kazuo Ishiguro

There is something so steady and beautiful about the way Klara is always approaching connection, like a Zeno's arrow of the heart. People will absolutely love this book, in part because it enacts the way we learn how to love. Klara and the Sun is wise like a child who decides, just for a little while, to love their doll. "What can children know about genuine love?" Klara asks. The answer, of course, is everything.  -Anne Enright, The Guardian

February

The Upstairs House
by Julia Fine

A massively entertaining and slyly enlightening story nestled inside another story like a ghost within its host.
- Kathleen Rooney, author of Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey

Let's Get Back to the Party
by Zak Salih

With gorgeous, searching prose, Zak Salih looks beyond the gay culture wars to find the fractured souls within—and locates something deep and true and universal. This exceptional debut signals the arrival of a compelling new voice in fiction.
—Louis Bayard, author of Courting Mr. Lincoln

 

Gay Bar: Why We Went Out
by Jeremy Atherton Lin

An indispensable, intimate, and stylish celebration of the institution of the gay bar, from 1990s post-AIDS crisis to today's fluid queer spaces

"I can't remember the last time I've been so happily surprised and enchanted by a book. Gay Bar is an absolute tour de force." - Maggie Nelson

100 Boyfriends
by Brontez Purnell

An irrerverent, sensitive, and inimitable look at gay dysfunction through the eyes of a cult hero

January

The Copenhagen Trilogy
by Tove Ditlevsen

Called "a masterpiece" by The Guardian, this courageous and honest trilogy from Tove Ditlevsen, a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing, explores themes of family, sex, motherhood, abortion, addiction, and being an artist. This single-volume hardcover contains all three volumes of her memoirs

 

The Rib King
by Ladee Hubbard

The acclaimed author of The Talented Ribkins deconstructs painful African American stereotypes and offers a fresh and searing critique on race, class, privilege, ambition, exploitation, and the seeds of rage in America in this intricately woven and masterfully executed historical novel, set in early the twentieth century that centers around the black servants of a down-on-its heels upper-class white family.

Detransition, Baby
by Torrey Peters

“An unforgettable portrait of three women, trans and cis, who wrestle with questions of motherhood and family making . . . Detransition, Baby might destroy your book club, but in a good way.”
- Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

The Prophets
by Robert Jones, Jr.

A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

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