21 new books to take home and love today. ‹ Literary Center

katie yee

August 2, 2022, 9:33 a.m.

Just look at them: all these new books, bright-eyed and fluffy-tailed and waiting for you to give them a good home. They promise to be an excellent company.

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Sarah Thankam Mathews, This could all be different
(Viking)

“A bildungsroman, a beautiful queer love story and a reflection on work and immigration. But you will fall more in love with the wickedly sharp storyteller of him, who is funny, passionate and complicated.”
-The cut

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michelle Tea, impregnating me
(Dey Street)

“While there is no shortage of pregnancy information available to 21st century readers, Tea’s experience is uniquely queer and feminist and is rarely at the forefront of these discussions.”
–Library Journal

Mohsin Hamid, the last white man

Mohsin Hamid, the last white man
(river head)

Superbly crafted, morally authoritative, the last white man ends on a note of hope, a door that was flung open just enough to let transcendence through.”
–Oprah’s Diary

Tess Gunty, The Rabbit Hutch

tes gunty, the rabbit hutch
(Knopf)

“The brilliantly imaginative novel begins on an absurd note before settling into slightly skewed, offbeat realism. Gunty is a wonderful writer, a master of the one-liner.”
-List of books

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Lawrence Osborne, on the java way
(Hogarth)

“Osborne is an ambitious novelist and this is more than just a story about courage in Hong Kong. Throughout, Adrian weighs in on the ongoing struggles in the US and the implication is that what’s happening in Hong Kong and what’s happening in the US and Britain are two sides of the same coin.”
-The viewer

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suad amiri, mother of strangers
(Pantheon)

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“Thrilling… achingly alive… Amiry’s revealing story will keep readers turning the pages.”
–Weekly Editors

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Marianne Wiggins, properties of thirst
(Simon and Schuster)

“Vibrant characters, multiple storylines, and a visceral sense of time and place come together in this gripping novel…In lush language, Wiggins evokes a keen sense of history and its life-altering effects.”
–Library Journal

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Adam Langer, Cyclorama
(Bloombury)

“The novel deals with Tyrus’s abuses of power in exciting and unexpected ways, but even more compelling is how Langer uses the story of Anne Frank to magnify cultural, political and personal conflicts.”
–Weekly Editors

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Clare Pollard, Delphi
(Avid Readers Press)

“Characters, settings and even entire scenes are drawn with quick and exquisite precision, full of wit and pathos. Her intimacy reminded me of Sally Rooney and her subtle, sly humor of Miriam Toews. All my little pains.
–San Francisco Chronicle

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Madeline Ostrander, At home on a rogue planet
(Henry Holt)

“Interspersed between these stories are Ostrander’s pertinent and engaging essays on the subject of home, including the loss of safety and homesickness many are likely to face from being uprooted.”
–Kirkus

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Bill Gloss, all men ruined
(Saint Martin Press)

“A collection of painfully honest and consistently empathetic glimpses of modern American soldiers in war and peace.”
–Kirkus

Beverly Lowry, Deer Creek Drive

beverlylowry, deer creek drive
(Knopf)

“Lowry’s dry wit, sharp sentences, and careful way of connecting the dots make his case: This is a great story.”
–Kirkus

Emma Seckel, The Wild Hunt

emma seckel, the wild hunt
(tin house)

“Seckel’s descriptions hauntingly evoke the turbulent dread that pervades the island… underscoring elegiac reflections on the pain and cost of war. This moody meditation delivers.”
–Weekly Editors

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alanheathcock, 40
(MCD)

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“Heathcock’s first novel wonderfully captures the seriousness of the questions, posed in sparkling prose. Dystopian fans will enjoy this captivating lyrical story.”
-List of books

Civil Service Coverage

Claire Schwartz, civil service
(Grey Wolf)

“The poems in Schwartz’s dazzling debut are loosely strung together to form an allegory about oppressive power structures and the harm done even by those on the lowest rung of a violent regime.”
–Weekly Editors

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Victor Ray, On Critical Race Theory
(random house)

“Distinguished by its clarity of thought, purpose, and expression, this is a moving defense of critical race theory as an ‘intellectual bulwark’ against attempts to undermine multiracial democracy.”
–Weekly Editors

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kathryn savage, Frosted glass
(Coffee Press)

“Savage creates a compelling meditation that goes beyond the typical styles of memoir, journalism and theory. An interrogative and existential crisis at the center of an ongoing ecological crisis.
–Kirkus

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bartels eb, Caramba
(Sailor)

“Using their own experiences as a framework, [Bartels] provides perspective, offers reassurance and goes to great lengths to convince readers that they are not alone, no matter how they feel or are dealing with the inevitable end of a pet’s life.”
–Washington Independent Book Review

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Alora young, walking gentry home
(Hogarth)

“With lyrical precision, Young refracts black history through his family’s experiences of racism and ‘deferred dreams’.”
–Kirkus

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Emily Nietfeld, Acceptance
(Penguin Press)

“A gripping first-hand account of a teenager dealing with homelessness and the foster care system. It should appeal to many and may be of particular interest to school counselors, foster parents, psychologists, social workers, and others who work with children in difficult situations.”
–Library Journal

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Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger (ed.), haunted tales
(Pegasus Books)

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“Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger offer another thought-provoking collection of 16 short horror and science fiction stories written by iconic and forgotten women writers.”
–Shelf awareness