15 new books to love this week. ‹ Literary Center

February 15, 2022, 8:45 a.m.

Do you know what a great activity for February 15 is? Go to the nearest CVS, get your hands on all the discounted Valentine’s Day chocolates, then pop into your favorite bookstore to pick up a new book (or two or three).


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Marlon James, Moon Witch, Spider King

“[An] impressive amalgamation of folklore, magic and mythology that weaves together multiple narratives, but the element that makes it memorable is James’ prose.
– The Boston Globe

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Sheila Heti, pure color

“Part of Heti’s charm is her knack for coming from as far out of left field as possible, and here she amplified her unpredictability… This is a gloriously implausible book.”

Sasha Fletcher, Be Here To Love Me When The World Ends

Sasha Flecher, Be here to love me when the world ends
(Melville House)

“[A] Surreal and augmented version of reality… Strange and offhand, it’s a Lynchian love story that captures the relentless ridiculousness of the contemporary moment.
-List of books

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Perumal Murugan, trans. Aniruddhan Vasudevan, bonfire
(grove press)

“It is the rich Kongu land of Murugan, which he has exploited so well and so deeply. It’s a barren, sun-scorched and unforgiving land, but it comes to life flamboyantly in the writer’s eloquent voice.
-The Hindu

Dennis Duncan, Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age

Dennis Duncan, Index: A History of the
(WW Norton)

“Always erudite, often funny and often surprising – a treat for lovers of book as book.”

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Emma Lund, The boy with a bird in his chest

“Lund’s accomplished debut imagines LGBTQ allegory with a blend of magical fantasy and harsh reality.”
–Publisher Weekly

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David Robson, The expectation effect
(Henry Holt)

“Cutting-edge research and effective storytelling create an insightful book on an ever-changing field.”

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Karen Cheung, The Impossible City: Memories of Hong Kong
(Random house)

“It is an outstanding contribution for any library on a personal experience of political upheaval in Hong Kong.”
–Library Journal

Alejandro Zambra, tr.  Megan McDowell, Chilean poet

Alejandro Zambra, tr. Megan McDowell, chilean poet

“A playful, discursive novel about families, relationships, poetry, and how easily the three can come together or fall apart.”

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Hans Von Trotha, tr. Elisabeth Lauffer, Arm of Pollak
(New Ship Press)

“He accomplishes a lot in this slim book, capturing a life enriched by his commitment to art and antiquities and a man who makes an unusual decision when faced with a crucial choice. A work that weaves art and history into a compelling narrative.

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Laura Thompson, Heiresses
(St. Martin Press)

“Thompson, a gifted storyteller, obviously delighted with the writing of this book… She is also dexterous: historical facts, dates and laws are woven into a kaleidoscope of luminous tableaux of human ups and downs.”
–Times Literary Supplement

Paul Tran, All the flowers on their knees
(Penguin Books)

“These incredibly honest and beautifully told descriptions of survival and self-love will move and challenge readers.”
–Publisher Weekly

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JJ Bola, The selfless act of breathing

“The novel’s conceptual concern with the limited avenues available to black people to find meaningful freedom from systemic racism is, without question, important and emotive.”
-The Guardian

James Curtis, Buster Keaton: the life of a filmmaker

James Curtis, Buster Keaton: The Life of a Filmmaker

“Meticulous research informs a cursory biography of an entertainment icon.”

Danielle J. Lindemann, True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us

Danielle J. Lindemann, True story: what reality TV says about us

“For reality TV fans looking for lofty, scholarly reasons to defend what many consider a ‘guilty pleasure’, here’s a book that has it.”

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