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Best New Books Out This Week | March 20, 2023

This week's new releases include a Hollywood satire featuring a feminist mermaid, the latest from an acclaimed Irish novelist and a landmark examination of poverty in America by a Pulitzer-winning sociologist.
Tertulia •
Mar 21st, 2023


Biography of X by Catherine Lacey

This highly anticipated novel follows a grieving widow as she peels back the layers of her enigmatic late wife, a mysterious artist and cultural icon with a secret past.

Old God's Time by Sebastian Barry

The latest from a two-time Booker Prize finalist stars a retired Irish cop settling into a tranquil life who suddenly gets pulled back into an old case.

American Mermaid by Julia Langbein

Written by a former stand-up comedian with a doctorate in art history, this Hollywood satire follows a high school teacher trying to bring her feminist mermaid novel to the big screen.

Flux by Jinwoo Chong

A time-bending novel about three disparate characters whose lives cross paths with a mysterious life-changing technology.

Commitment by Mona Simpson

A moving family epic about a single California mom’s painful struggle with mental illness recounted by her three kids.

Y/N by Esther Yi

A highly praised debut novel about a woman’s surreal obsession with a K-pop idol. A Tertulia March Staff Pick!

The Fake by Zoe Whittall

The emotionally-charged story of two people who fall for one very charming scammer.


Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond

A Pulitzer-prize winning author examines how and why poverty persists in the world’s richest country. 

Bottoms Up and the Devil Laughs by Kerry Howley

An unsettling but humorous take on the perils of living in post-privacy America, this is the true story of an intelligence specialist who winds up in possession of state secrets.

Other New Releases This Week:


The Nursery by Szilvia Molnar

Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin

The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear'

Beyond That, the Sea by Laura Spence-Ash

Two Wars and a Wedding by Lauren Willig


The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening by Ari Shapiro

Trace Evidence: Poems by Charif Shanahan 

Guardians of the Valley: John Muir and the Friendship That Saved Yosemite by Dean King

The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War by Jeff Sharlet

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