18 new books are hitting the shelves this week. ‹ Literary Center

March 15, 2022, 4:55 a.m.

It’s official: the sun is setting later and later! We may have lost an hour of sleep this weekend, but in my opinion it is worth the extra hour of daylight that is added. What are you going to do with this time? Maybe curl up by the window and read one of those new books.


Melissa Febos, Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Storytelling

Melissa Febos, body work

“Above all, Febos offers the space and tools to reflect, rethink, revisit and reimagine – in service of good writing and good living – with grains of truth that reader-writers will want to keep close. “
-List of books

Stewart O'Nan, State of the Ocean

Stewart O’Nan, state of the ocean
(grove press)

“O’Nan subverts the thriller, borrowing its momentum to propel this invigorating and chilling novel.”
–The New York Times book review

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Peng Berger, Cartographers
(William Morrow)

“Shepherd’s compelling blend of old card magic and the modern online world is both delightful and sensational.”
–Publisher Weekly

Mary Childs, King of Links

Mary Childs, The king of bonds

“His reports in The king of bonds his new biography of Gross, is admirably complete. She appears to have interviewed or attempted to interview almost everyone who has worked with him over the years, and she dutifully recounts her rise to the top of the fund world.
–The New York Times book review

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Peter Handke, tr. Krishna Winston and Ralph Mannheim, Quiet places

“Nuanced essays from a difficult writer whose appeal varies widely.”

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, When we were birds
(double day)

When we were birds is an immediately appealing and enjoyable experience due to craftsmanship in the colloquial language – the story is told in Creole English – and confident attention to detail.
–The Irish Times

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Melissa Fu, Peach Blossom Spring
(Small, Brown)

“Fu writes with sensitivity about the concerns of several generations of immigrant families: the daily needs of survival during traumatic times, the fierce determination to protect one’s children and give them better opportunities, the difficulties of sharing a family history that includes so many of pain.”
–Ray awareness

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Fintan O’Toole, We do not know each other

“While his vast, authoritative and deeply intelligent book views modern Ireland through the prism of his own life and that of his family, it also offers a sharp and brilliant analysis of the shape change took when he arrived in Ireland.”
-The Guardian

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Erika Krouse, Tell me everything

“It’s a surprisingly fresh book that proves memoirs can do so much more than just describe or pretend to describe what really happened.”

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Ilham Toti, We Uyghurs have no say: imprisoned writer speaks

“Ilham Tohti’s comparison to Nelson Mandela rings true in terms of his moral courage and lack of bitterness displayed in his writings.”
-The Guardian

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Irene Sola, When I sing, the mountains dance
(Grey Wolf)

When I sing, the mountains dance triumphs because Solà gives voice to many perspectives and, in doing so, imbues the experiences of the human characters with greater intensity.
–Chicago Review of Books

Elena Ferrante, tr.  Ann Goldstein, In the Margins

Elena Ferrante, tr. Anne Goldstein, In the margins

“Enchanting glimpses into the life of a writer. Hopefully a full memoir one day.

Eloghosa Osunde, Wanderers!  : A novel

Eloghosa Osunde, Wanderers!

“Through linked stories imbued with magical realism and a narrative voice reminiscent of early Salman Rushdie, Eloghosa Osunde’s exuberant debut novel, Wanderers! immerses readers in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria.
–The Tribune of the Stars

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John Scalzi, The Kaiju Preservation Society

“It is impossible to read this book without feeling how much fun Scalzi had writing it. The Kaiju Preservation Society revels in his own nervousness.

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Marie Yovanovitch, Lessons on board

“A Compelling Memoir of the Diplomatic Service Behind the Old Iron Curtain.”

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Right Susan, Mecca

“Is Susan Straight the bard of Southern California literature? … It’s a novel that pushes back the clichés of Southern California to reveal the complex human territory below.

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Emily Carrington, Our little secret
(printed and quarterly)

“In a graphic-heavy debut memoir filled with visual metaphors, Carrington documents an adolescence scarred by sexual abuse and an adult life consumed by thwarted attempts at healing…a service to all who go through trauma with no orderly end.”
–Publisher Weekly


Evan Ross Katz, In every generation a killer is born

“Blending sharp cultural analysis, wit and obsessive zeal, it will win over fans.”
–Publisher Weekly