This Week's Best New Books

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Window on the Bay

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Window on the Bay

by Debbie Macomber

Window on the Bay

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Two Seattle friends--divorcées--are faced with empty nest syndrome in Debbie Macomber's Window on the Bay.

Jenna and Maureen met as college freshman while taking a French class and became best friends. They vowed that after graduation, they would take a trip to Paris where they would "walk in the moonlight along the Seine, tour the Louvre, and see the view of the city from the Eiffel Tower." Maureen's unplanned pregnancy, however, forced the friends to defer their plans to "someday."

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Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination

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Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination

by Alexandra Minna Stern

Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination

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Alexandra Minna Stern (Eugenic Nation) meets the rising wave of white nationalism head-on in her important and timely work, Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination.

Stern, American Culture and History professor at the University of Michigan, dispenses with any pretense of neutrality in her reportage, instead referring to herself as a "scholar-activist." She sets out to understand the intellectual underpinnings of the so-called alt-right movement ... [ Read More » ]

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On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

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On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

by Emily Guendelsberger

On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

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On the Clock is a study of modern service work as told through the author's experience working in an Amazon fulfillment center, a Convergys call center and a busy McDonald's. In a voice that is as down-to-earth as it is scholarly, journalist Emily Guendelsberger combines her experience at these service jobs with citations from primary and secondary sources to form a narrative that is both educational and entertaining.

Guendelsberger explores the science and consequences of repetitive physical and ... [ Read More » ]

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The Nickel Boys

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The Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys

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The Nickel Boys forgoes the fantastical touches of Colson Whitehead's previous book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad, for a no-less-harrowing account of a vicious reform school in the Jim Crow-era South.

Whitehead's protagonist is Elwood Curtis, a black boy living in Tallahassee, Fla., in the early 1960s. Elwood is something of an idealist, listening repeatedly to a recording of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and taking to heart his moral vision. Elwood clings ... [ Read More » ]

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The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales

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The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales

by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, illus. by Simini Blocker

The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales

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In his first graphic novel for children, writer Nathaniel Lachenmeyer (Octopus Escapes) offers four original, offbeat fairy tales, whimsically illustrated by artist Simini Blocker (My So-Called Superpowers).

In "Hip Hop Wish," a riff on The Arabian Nights, a carefree frog accidentally hops onto a magic lamp. The fiery orange-and-yellow genie who emerges finds granting wishes difficult since his amphibious summoner has none. A traveling minstrel with far more motivation than talent bedevils a grumpy ... [ Read More » ]

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Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

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Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

by Elsie Chapman, Caroline Tung Richmond, editors

Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

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In Elsie Chapman (A Thousand Beginnings and Endings) and Caroline T. Richmond's (The Darkest Hour) Hungry Hearts, 13 stories of how people show "love through food" unfold and intertwine in the neighborhood of Hungry Heart Row. Featuring tales told from diverse points of view that discuss loss, love, family and how food can bring people of all cultures together, this collection of connected short stories combines a number of different genres--fantasy, crime, mystery, magical realism, romance--to create ... [ Read More » ]

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Hot Comb

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Hot Comb

by Ebony Flowers

Hot Comb

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In chunky lines and charmingly chaotic frames, debut author Ebony Flowers uses the comic format to explore the vital and myriad ways that the experience of young black women is tied to their relationship with their hair. Across the eight short stories that make up Hot Comb, Flowers illustrates the profusion of cultural forces young black girls must contend with: peer pressure, white beauty standards, well-meaning strangers, not-so-well-meaning strangers and, perhaps most interestingly, advertisements. ... [ Read More » ]

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Growing Things and Other Stories

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Growing Things and Other Stories

by Paul Tremblay

Growing Things and Other Stories

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Of the recent horror writers to have made their mark, Paul Tremblay belongs the most to a tradition of psychological terror. Stories in Growing Things such as "Something About Birds" and "Notes from 'The Barn in the Wild' " have themes of cosmic horror, but his best work derives its power from the ordinary and domestic gone mysteriously wrong. Two other stories connect directly to Tremblay's earlier novel A Head Full of Ghosts, a wrenching tragedy that left what happened to the central character ... [ Read More » ]

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Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution

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Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution

by Jennifer Block

Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution

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In her well-received first book, Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, feminist journalist Jennifer Block exposed the concerning aspects of maternity care in the United States. With Everything Below the Waist, she sounds an alarm about the condition of women's health care in America, where women run greater risks of reproductive system surgery than in any other developed nation. Partly supported by a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, Block's chilling exposé ... [ Read More » ]

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Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

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Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

by David Roberts

Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest

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In Escalante's Dream: On the Trail of the Spanish Discovery of the Southwest, adventure writer David Roberts (Limits of the Known) takes the reader on a journey that is part road trip, part historical exploration and part love story.

In 1776, two Franciscan friars, Francisco Atansio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, led an expedition across the Southwest in search of a land route from Santa Fe to the new mission at Monterey. In 2017, Roberts and his wife, Sharon, re-created ... [ Read More » ]

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Deep River

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Deep River

by Karl Marlantes

Deep River

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In this sweeping saga set against early-1900s Finland, occupied and oppressed by Tsarist Russia, and the untamed old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, Karl Marlantes (Matterhorn, What It Is Like to Go to War) tells the story of the Koski siblings as they leave their homeland for a raw, new place on the other side of the world.

Fleeing political persecution, 17-year-old Aino joins her brothers on Deep River, just north of the mighty Columbia. What greets her is an unimaginable world of 300-foot ... [ Read More » ]

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Under Currents

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Under Currents

by Nora Roberts

Under Currents

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The harrowing, far-reaching implications of domestic abuse are central to Nora Roberts's Under Currents. The novel begins in Lakeview, an upscale lakeside community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where Graham Bigelow, an upstanding surgeon, and Eliza, his stay-at-home wife, raise two children: 14-year-old Zane and 11-year-old Britt. The foursome may look like an idyllic family--they have everything money can buy. But at home, Dr. Bigelow is a cruel, abusive and tormenting figure who ... [ Read More » ]

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The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet

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The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet

by Richard Panek

The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet

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Gravity, to the layperson, is easy to explain: it's a force that keeps us on the ground while Earth rotates, and it's what keeps each planet in our solar system on its rotational path around the sun. That explains what gravity does; what gravity is, however, is a question that philosophers, mathematicians and scientists have been considering for two millennia. Are they any closer to an answer?

In The Trouble with Gravity, science writer Richard Panek (The 4% Universe) delivers an illuminating history ... [ Read More » ]

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Stone Cold Heart

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Stone Cold Heart

by Caz Frear

Stone Cold Heart

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Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear is told from the point of view of Detective Constable Cat Kinsella, a cop with her own shady past. It's the follow-up to Sweet Little Lies, but references to that novel are minor distractions to Heart's whodunit plot.

Kinsella and her partner, Sergeant Luigi Parnell, are given a murder case. Naomi Lockhart was a 22-year-old who suffered blunt force trauma to the back of the head after attending an after-hours party at her boss's house. Prime suspect Joseph Madden seems ... [ Read More » ]

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Selected Poems of Edith Wharton

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Selected Poems of Edith Wharton

by Edith Wharton, Irene Goldman-Price, editor

Selected Poems of Edith Wharton

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Selected Poems of Edith Wharton, edited by Irene Goldman-Price, brings together a collection of the famed writer's poetry, combining better-known pieces such as "A Torchbearer," an elegy for a young acquaintance, with more obscure pieces, such as "Faun's Song." Many of the poems are previously unpublished works found in Wharton's diaries and notebooks, while others have been out of print for many years. The book is divided into sections based on themes--nature, art, public opinion, the supernatural. ... [ Read More » ]

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Tell Me How You Really Feel

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Tell Me How You Really Feel

by Aminah Mae Safi

Tell Me How You Really Feel

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Rachel Consuela Recht has hated Sana Khan ever since the "perfect, delicate, tiny girly" girl asked for her number freshman year. Rachel, "a film student so extraordinary that she was granted a scholarship" at the elite Royce School, "had seen Carrie, for Christ's sake," and knew never to "trust beautiful people bearing invitations." Sana had to have been messing with Rachel. Unfortunately, Sana wasn't.

It's senior year and Rachel still hates Sana. As perfect as ever, Sana is cheer captain and headed ... [ Read More » ]

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Captain Rosalie

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Captain Rosalie

by Timothee De Fombelle, trans. by Sam Gordon, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault

Captain Rosalie

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"I am Captain Rosalie. I'm disguised as a little girl, five and a half years old." Since her father is away fighting in the war, Rosalie's mother must work in the local factory while Rosalie stays at school. Every day, she huddles in the back of the classroom with her sketchpad, confident that no one realizes she is a "spy," sussing out information for her "secret mission." Rosalie is observant, noting the way her teacher, the war veteran, "smiles as though having just the one [arm] is quite something," ... [ Read More » ]

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Dogs and Their People

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Dogs and Their People

by Anne Lambelet

Dogs and Their People

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Dogs and Their People, a picture book in the illustrative spirit of Madeline and Babar the Elephant, follows a girl as she makes her way home through what looks like a 1920s-era cityscape. As she walks, the girl takes note of dog and human pairs: "Some dogs and their people look alike,/ and others could not be more different./ But no matter what, everyone somehow seems to have found their perfect match."

Anne Lambelet's (Maria the Matador) watercolor, pencil and digital media illustrations in muted ... [ Read More » ]

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In Waves

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In Waves

by AJ Dungo

In Waves

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In this heartbreaking graphic novel debut, AJ Dungo memorializes his girlfriend Kristen, who died of bone cancer while in her 20s. Kristen loved surfing, and In Waves parallels the story of her life and death with a history of surfing as a pastime, beginning in Hawaii before the Western invasion. Though distant from each other in time and space, these two narratives--one deeply personal, the other spanning centuries and continents--support each other beautifully, both characterized by the rhythmic ... [ Read More » ]

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A Girl Returned

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A Girl Returned

by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, trans. by Ann Goldstein

A Girl Returned

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The unnamed narrator is 13, raised by two affectionate parents in a comfortable city home where she has her own room. School, swim and dance lessons, a nearby best friend, the sea a short walk away are the life she's known. And then, one August afternoon in 1975, she's driven to an apartment in a small village with all her possessions, where she's "greeted by the smell of recent frying and a wait." When the door finally opens, she finds a sister she's never met before. Once she passes through, she ... [ Read More » ]

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Copperhead

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Copperhead

by Alexi Zentner

Copperhead

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Inspired by incidents from Alexi Zentner's (The Lobster Kings) childhood, Copperhead is set in the fictional town of Cortaca, a stand-in for real-life Ithaca, N.Y. The novel's protagonist, 17-year-old Jessup Collins, lives there in a double-wide trailer with his thrice-married mother and younger sister. His stepfather, David John Michaels, has just returned from serving a four-year prison sentence for attempting to cover up his son Ricky's killing of two African American university students that ... [ Read More » ]

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Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram

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Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram

by Isha Sesay

Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram

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