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Best New Books Out This Week | March 13, 2023

This week's literary offerings include a heart-wrenching family saga picked by Oprah as her 100th book club selection, a gripping tale of crime and privilege, and a cookbook filled with delectable and sustainable recipes.
Tertulia •
Mar 16th, 2023

Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano

Selected as Oprah's 100th book club pick, this tear-jerking ode to Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women tells the emotional tale of William Waters, who grows up unloved and neglected, before being thrust into the lives of four inseparable sisters.

Take What You Need by Idra Novey 

Set in the Allegheny Mountains of Appalachia, this touching story follows a woman who returns to her rural hometown following her stepmother’s passing, and discovers a secret world filled with outsider art and a mysterious young man.

Künstlers in Paradise by Cathleen Schine

After the Künstlers fled Vienna for America during the World War II, they settled into L.A.’s vibrant community of intellectual émigrés. Decades later, the pandemic forces 93-year-old Mamie Künstler and her visiting grandson to become roommates, setting off a fascinating excavation of L.A.’s immigrant-rich past.

Our Best Intentions by Vibhuti Jain

In this gripping exploration of privilege, racial bias, and familial bonds, a New York Uber driver and his introverted teenage daughter find themselves embroiled in a crime that rocks their community.

Brother & Sister Enter the Forest by Richard Mirabella

This queer coming-of-age novel traces a young man's struggles with toxic relationships, the harrowing aftermath of a violent crime and his attempt to reconcile with an estranged sister.

The Everlasting Meal Cookbook: Leftovers A-Z by Tamar Adler

After her acclaimed book An Everlasting Meal, Adler returns with an essential guide that helps home cooks reduce food waste, save money and create delectable, sustainable meals.

How to Think Like a Woman by Regan Penaluna

In this provocative indictment of sexism in academia, Penaluna shares her own experiences in the male-dominated field of philosophy and sheds light on the work of four influential feminist philosophers from the 17th and 18th centuries — Mary Astell, Damaris Masham, Catharine Cockburn, and Mary Wollstonecraft — who have been unjustly overlooked in the philosophy canon.

Dust Child By Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

This is a much-anticipated follow-up to the author's first novel in English, The Mountains Sing (2020). In this novel, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai digs deeper into the consequences of the Vietnam War through the secrets and trauma within families, especially the children born of Vietnamese mothers and American soldiers.

The Lost Americans by Christopher Bollen

The new thriller is set in Cairo, where a young woman will travel to uncover the truth around her brother’s death. With the help of an Egyptian man, who has been trying to escape the brutality of his country's government, she’ll face some dangerous enemies.

The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery by Adam Gopnik

A long-time critic for The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik investigates how mastery of skills is achieved by becoming a student himself of different disciplines such as painting, boxing, and dancing. The result is an intimate reflection on expertise, talent and the underlying reasons for our quest for mastery.

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