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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.

August

My Heart is a Chainsaw
by Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones can't miss. My Heart Is A Chainsaw is a painful drama about trauma, mental health, and the heartache of yearning to belong...twisted into a DNA helix with encyclopedic Slasher movie obsession and a frantic, gory whodunnit mystery, with an ending both savage and shocking. Don't say I didn't warn you!
-Christopher Golden, author of Ararat and Red Hands

Real Estate
by Deborah Levy

Wonderful... Levy, whose prose is at once declarative and concrete and touched with an almost oracular pithiness, has a gift for imbuing ordinary observations with the magic of metaphor... the ordinary stuff of modern life, made radiant by Levy's clarifying prose. But Levy never lets us lose sight of how extraordinary, both historically and personally, her casual, roving freedom truly is.
-Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker

The Reckoning
by Mary L. Trump, PhD

People tend to shy away from language that seems extreme – as if it’s rude or using it would make them seem melodramatic or unhinged. If we don’t call things what they are, if we don’t use language honestly, we can’t expect people to understand what’s really going on

Refugee High
by Elly Fishman

A wondrous tapestry of stories, of young people looking for a home. With deep, immersive reporting, Elly Fishman pulls off a triumph of empathy. Their tales and their school speak to the best of who we are as a nation--and their struggles, their joys, their journeys will stay with you.
-Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here

Savage Tongues
by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

A luxuriant fevered quest for reclamation...Political, poetical, and spooky good.
-Joy Williams

July

The Minister Primarily
by John Oliver Killens

The Minister Primarily is not only a brilliantly imagined work of fiction, it is also a side-splittingly funny tale. In this newly discovered last novel, Killens' puts on his literary fabulist hat and hands us a rich, unforgettable tale packed with ribald, humorous scenes, and wacky characters. Read this book, you will never forget it!
-Quincy Troupe, author of and Miles and Me

Nightbitch
by Rachel Yoder

A high wire act of a novel that expertly balances the uncanny and quotidian moments of early motherhood. Yoder's writing is graceful, funny and unnerving as hell.
- Jenny Offill author of Weather and Dept. of Speculation

The Startup Wife
by Tahmima Anam

Tahmima Anam deftly uses humor to explore both start up culture and the institution of marriage in an utterly charming but also genuinely thoughtful way. With generosity and sharp intelligence, Anam offers real insight into the collision between romance and ambition, and the tangled relationship between faith and technology.
-Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind

Alec
by William di Canzio

Maurice and Alec are one of literature's iconic couples. It's been more than a century since Forster first let these lovers into the world, and what a treat to return to them now, in di Canzio's moving homage, where we find our boys still offering valuable lessons, still tender and troubled and courageous enough to love. -Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

June

The Vixen
by Francine Prose

Can a novel be wildly intelligent, deeply compassionate, politically astute and utterly absorbing?  In her dazzling new novel Francine Prose accomplishes all of this, and more, as she explores the fate of the Rosenbergs and the travails of an editorial assistant new to both publishing and love. The Vixen is irresistible.
-Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field

Filthy Animals
by Brandon Taylor

The characters at the heart of this elegant storm of stories are ablaze with risk and tenderness. Their voices are bright and clear, the contours of their pains and desires sharp and urgent. A profoundly gifted writer. -Laura Van Den Berg

Bath Haus
by P.J. Vernon

Bath Haus is riveting: a gripping thriller about how quickly a life can unravel after a single bad decision. P. J. Vernon deftly reminds us that the terrifying traumas from childhood are often but a prelude to the nightmares we will walk into as adults. This book is stylish, smart, and scary as hell. -Chris Bohjalian, author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch

Dear Senthuran
by Akwaeke Emezi

Unlike anything I've read. There are many magnificent parts where the language, the insight, the writing are simply unparalleled. They also are fearlessly open about identity, success, human frailty, mental health, destructive decisions that are sometimes necessary to achieve a greater goal. [And] they are remarkably clear- eyed about the best and worst parts of themselves. . . . This is a remarkable memoir and really expands possibilities for the genre. - Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

One Last Stop
by Casey McQuiston

Bursting with heart, snappy banter and a deep respect for queer history and community, One Last Stop isn’t just another surefire hit for McQuiston. It also might be the best read of the summer. -BookPage

The Other Black Girl
by Zakiya Dalila Harris

The Other Black Girl is unlike anything I've ever read before. Wholly original, powerful, and a gripping page turner. This is the kind of book that turns authors into stars and the readers into rabid fans. I cannot wait to see what Zakiya does next.
-
Phoebe Robinson, author of You Can't Touch My Hair

 

May

The Guncle
by Steven Rowley

Patrick, the hero of Steven Rowley's effervescent, utterly charming, and affecting novel, is the dearest friend you haven't met yet. You'll root for his two adorable charges as they navigate a terrible loss, and for Patrick's own heart to make a long-overdue comeback. A cleverly subversive story about what makes a family. -Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men

Yes, Daddy
by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

Yes, Daddy is the kind of story that sticks with you and refuses to leave. Jonathan Parks-Ramage has written a gut-churning, heart-wrenching, blockbuster of a first novel. Deeply queer and deeply human, it is a book that describes what it means to be broken apart in trauma and grief and what it takes to be painfully, carefully stitched back together again. Parks-Ramage is an extraordinary new talent and Yes, Daddy is truly something special. -Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things

 

Notes on Grief
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Elegantly spare . . . brutally frank . . With raw eloquence, Notes on Grief is both achingly personal and stunningly familiar to anyone who has felt the 'permanent scattering' [of grief]. Written and published less than a year after her father's death, Adichie's pain on these pages is so palpable that one can almost taste its bitterness. She captures the bewildering messiness of loss in a society that requires serenity, when you'd rather just scream. Grief is impolite . . . Adichie's words put welcome, authentic voice to this most universal of emotions, which is also one of the most universally avoided. -Leslie Gray Streeter, The Washington Post

 

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

A Little Devil in America
by Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib’s genius is in pinpointing those moments in American cultural history when Black people made lightning strike. But Black performance, Black artistry, Black freedom too often came at devastating price. The real devil in America is America itself, the one who stole the soul that he, through open eyes and with fearless prose, snatches back. This is searing, revelatory, filled with utter heartbreak, and unstoppable joy. -Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

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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