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New Arrivals: The Best Book Releases This Week

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March is a bountiful month for new books and this week is an auspicious start. We had a hard time narrowing down our notable picks this week! Highlights include: a heart-wrenching memoir of life after loss in Amy Lin's Here After' Helen Oyeyemi's magical, unsettling Parasol Against The Axe; the much-anticipated sophomore novel of Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Olga Dies Dreaming; and a guide to how to channel your most productive self at work.

Book Cover for: Help Wanted, Adelle Waldman
FICTION: This workplace comedy is the long-awaited sophomore novel by author Adelle Waldman

Help Wanted

Adelle Waldman

Waldman’s debut, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., was a literary sensation. Her latest is a funny, moving tale of work and quotidian life. In a town in upstate New York, staff at the big-box store Town Square clock in at 3:55 am. They set up and scatter before opening. When the store manager announces he's leaving, the staff spot an opening to break free of their grueling routines. Elif Batuman (The Idiot) calls Help Wanted “an effervescent workplace comedy and a profoundly human exploration.”

Rebecca SchinskyAlexandra ChangRebecca Schinsky & Alexandra Chang

Hardcover, 2024

$28.99$14.49 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Parasol Against the Axe, Helen Oyeyemi
FICTION: This "metatextual masterpiece" by the prolific British novelist Helen Oyeyemi is set in the cobblestone wonderland of her hometown of Prague.

Parasol Against the Axe

Helen Oyeyemi

A most anticipated book of the year that Kirkus Review calls “a dazzling romp” written with Oyeyemi “as an heir to Calvino or Borges.” Prague is a character and living thing in Oyeyemi’s latest, and one that can let you in or spit you out. Hero Tojosoa accepts an invitation to Prague and finds herself at a bachelorette weekend hosted by her estranged friend Sofie. Add a magical and mutable book, uninvited companions, and a bit of treachery, and you have this kaleidoscopic novel.

Jennifer WilsonChelsea LeuJennifer Wilson & Chelsea Leu

Hardcover, 2024

$28.00$14.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Anita de Monte Laughs Last, Xochitl Gonzalez
FICTION: The highly anticipated sophomore novel by Xochitl Gonzalez was praised by author Robert Jones Jr. as "funny, piercing, and full of moxie[...] unsparing in its assessment of the price people pay to be accepted"

Anita de Monte Laughs Last

Xochitl Gonzalez

In 1985, Anita de Monte is a rising star in the New York City art world. That is, until she’s discovered mysteriously dead. By 1998, Anita is all but forgotten. Meanwhile, on College Hill, third-year art history student Raquel feels isolated. As a romantic connection with a well-connected older student helps Raquel rise in the social ranks, she stumbles upon Anita’s story, whose life eerily mirrors her own. * A Tertulia Staff Pick for March.

Reyna GrandeAndrea González-RamírezReyna Grande & Andrea González-Ramírez

Hardcover, 2024

$28.99$14.49 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The Great Divide, Cristina Henriquez
FICTION: This epic novel, featured as one of four notable books of the season in Tertulia’s First Dibs Editors Salon, was praised by Ann Napolitano as “a gorgeous, sweeping epic.”

The Great Divide

Cristina Henriquez

A powerful novel about the construction of the Panama Canal that casts light on the unsung people who lived, loved, and labored there. Francisco, a local fisherman, laments his son, Omar, who is working as a digger on the canal’s excavation site. For Omar, this job offers a chance to find connection. Ada, a sixteen-year-old arriving in Panama as a stowaway from Barbados, comes seeking work to fund her ailing sister’s surgery.

shannon carlinshannon carlin

Hardcover, 2024

$30.00$15.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The Hunter, Tana French
FICTION: The wait is over for obsessed fans of the Irish “First Lady of Crime” with the release of this follow-up to The Searched.

The Hunter

Tana French

Tana French, who has been compared with Patricia Cromwell and Agatha Christie, reunites readers with her previous character Cal Hooper, a former Chicago cop in early retirement, who’s begun a new life in rural Ireland with a local single mother and her teenager, Trey. All is going well until, one day, Trey’s father reappears, joined by an English millionaire and a plot to find gold in the surrounding land.

Sadie SteinBruce DeSilvaSadie Stein & Bruce DeSilva

Hardcover, 2024

$32.00$16.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: American Spirits, Russell Banks
FICTION: Master storyteller George Saunders praises American Spirits as “utterly compelling” stories that “are so truthful about America” they “feel Shakespearean in their daring.”

American Spirits

Russell Banks

Banks’ posthumous collection, named after his favorite brand of cigarettes, draws inspiration from real stories Banks would hear in the local taverns of Keene, NY. The stories blend American politics, darkness, and working-class life and community. In one story, a couple is unsettled when the children of their new neighbors begin sneaking over and asking for help. Suspenseful, thrilling, brilliant, and tragic, it’s a remarkable collection from a beloved author.

Paul GrondahlPaul Grondahl

Hardcover, 2024

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Book Cover for: The New Couple in 5b, Lisa Unger
FICTION: Emmy Award winner Sarah Michelle Gellar (aka Buffy) says suspense master Lisa Unger has “done it again” in this spine-tingling thriller.

The New Couple in 5b

Lisa Unger

The latest from prolific bestseller Lisa Unger follows Rosie and Chad Lowan, a couple barely getting by in New York City. Until Chad learns he’s inheriting a luxury apartment from his late uncle in the glamorous neighborhood of Murray Hill. The building is peak elegance: a uniformed doorman, prewar building, eclectic tenants; it even has a name: the Windmere. But when a neighbor turns up dead, Rosie begins to suspect there’s something behind the Windmere’s perfectly maintained facade.

Lisa UngerColette BancroftLisa Unger & Colette Bancroft

Hardcover, 2024

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Book Cover for: Fruit of the Dead, Rachel Lyon
FICTION: “Ancient Greece meets Succession by way of Emma Cline” = a very compelling endorsement from author Ruth Gilligan for Rachel Lyon’s complex debut novel

Fruit of the Dead

Rachel Lyon

An electric reimagining of the Persephone and Demeter myth that explores sex, family, and addiction. Cory, eighteen and aimless, is a camp counselor afraid to face her high-strung single mother. When Rolo, a pharmaceutical CEO and a camper’s father, offers Cory a job and place to stay (complete with NDA), she accepts. Ferried into a world of opiates, luxury, and privacy, Cory practically disappears. Her mother, Emer, must cross land and sea to quiet her intuition that something is wrong.

PeoplePublishers WeeklyPeople & Publishers Weekly

Hardcover, 2024

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Book Cover for: The Extinction of Irena Rey, Jennifer Croft
FICTION: This quirky and blackly comic thriller about the art of translation was praised by Katie Kitamura (author of Intimacies) as “wild and wonderfully unruly” and a great showcase of Croft’s “acrobatic intellect, delicious humor, and voluptuous prose”

The Extinction of Irena Rey

Jennifer Croft

Jennifer Croft won an International Booker Prize for her translation of Tokarczuk’s other novel, Flights. In The Extinction of Irena Rey, eight translators arrive at a house in a primeval Polish forest. They are there to translate world-renowned author Irena Rey’s magnum opus, Gray Eminence. Within days of their arrival, however, Irena disappears. The translators, from eight different countries, begin to investigate where she may have gone while beginning work on their translation.

Scott SimonMatt BellScott Simon & Matt Bell

Hardcover, 2024

$28.99$14.49 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin, Andre Dubus
NONFICTION: Novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus turns his pen to nonfiction with a set of contemplative and highly personal essays

Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin

Andre Dubus

Dubus’ nonfiction prowess is on full display as he recounts his successes, failures, triumphs, and pain. From reflecting on getting his young son life-saving care for a birth defect to his internal shame as a gun owner in “If I Owned a Gun,” he renders moments of personal revelation with emotional generosity and stylistic grace. In the vein of literary spirits like Rilke, Rumi, and Tim O’Brien, Ghost Dogs explores the things writers remember and those they forget.

zipporahoseiBreakwater Bookszipporahosei & Breakwater Books

Hardcover, 2024

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Book Cover for: God's Country, Percival Everett
FICTION: A reissued novel from the prolific author whose star keeps rising

God's Country

Percival Everett

Curt Marder, a gambler, drinker, cheat, and would-be womanizer, is the unlikely narrator through this tale of misadventures. In 1871, Curt has lost his farm, his wife, and his dog. With nothing but a desire to recover what’s his, Marder enlists the help of the best tracker in the west: a Black man named Bubba. The Boston Globe hails God’s Country as “outrageously funny, alarmingly serious, [and] highly enjoyable.”

Paperback, 2024

$17.00$8.50 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: My Heavenly Favorite, Lucas Rijneveld
FICTION: The sophomore debut by Rijneveld, the first Dutch author to win the International Booker Prize, is a most anticipated book of 2024 by Vulture, Literary Hub, and others

My Heavenly Favorite

Lucas Rijneveld

The follow-up to Rijneveld’s debut novel and international sensation, The Discomfort of Evening, is also set on a farm and, this time, is narrated by a veterinarian who finds himself enraptured by his “Favorite,” the farmer’s adolescent daughter. A response in some ways to Nabokov’s Lolita, and narrated after the veterinarian has been punished for crimes, the novel is an unflinching depiction of abjection and an exploration of taboos and social norms.

Lucas RijneveldTheo HakkertLucas Rijneveld & Theo Hakkert

Hardcover, 2024

$28.00$14.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: To Be a Jew Today: A New Guide to God, Israel, and the Jewish People, Noah Feldman
NONFICTION: The New Yorker praises Feldman for “judicious, sober “ exploration of “the political and spiritual conflicts” that impact Jewish lives and Jewish futures.

To Be a Jew Today: A New Guide to God, Israel, and the Jewish People

Noah Feldman

Harvard law professor Noah Feldman wonders what it means to be Jewish in a time of worldwide crisis. Drawing on a lifelong engagement with his religion, he offers a wide-ranging interpretation of Judaism in its current varieties. Featuring diverse outlooks, Feldman clarifies what’s at stake in the choice of how to be a Jew today, and the ongoing impact of Israel’s founding on the Jewish identity. Full of clarity, empathy, and learning, it’s a critical resource for readers of all faiths.

Hardcover, 2024

$32.00$16.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout, Cal Newport
NONFICTION: The author of Deep Work returns for a deeper study of how to work with more calm and creativity.

Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout

Cal Newport

Cal Newport has been exploring productivity and focus since his self-help book for college students, and his latest work continues to dive deep on the subject. Our current definition of “productivity” is no longer serving us. We’re overwhelmed, tired, sick of “hustle culture” and ignoring our unread emails. What if there was a different way? From seasonal variation to reimagining how we approach “productivity,” Newport inspires readers with a slower, more humane way of working.

Hardcover, 2024

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Book Cover for: Change, Édouard Louis
FICTION: Édouard Louis became well known for writing about his childhood in his searing debut and breakout hit The End of Eddy, a major touchstone of public conversation in France, and now a global bestseller. This new autobiographical has been described as auto fiction meets Saltburn!

Change

Édouard Louis

“One question took center stage in my life, it focused all of my thoughts and occupied every moment[…] how could I get this revenge, and by what means?” In this autobiographical novel, Louis longs for a life beyond poverty, discrimination, and violence in his working-class hometown. Shedding the provincial “Eddy” for a new name, he goes to Paris with a determination to eradicate every aspect of his past and finds himself in the world of aristocrats, drug dealers, and millionaires.

Lucy ScholesKeiran GoddardLucy Scholes & Keiran Goddard

Hardcover, 2024

$27.00$13.50 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring, Brad Gooch
NONFICTION: Acclaimed biographer Brad Gooch offers what is likely to go down as the definitive bio of Keith Haring that the New York Times calls "a public service"

Radiant: The Life and Line of Keith Haring

Brad Gooch

Keith Haring, one of the most emblematic artists of the 1980s and pop art movement, was part of an iconic cultural crowd that included Andy Warhol, Basquiat, and Madonna. He covered the New York City subway with thousands of chalk drawings, and he created art that was accessible and provoked and inspired radical social change. Gooch was granted access to Haring’s extensive archive and draws on rich archival history, interviews, and more to capture the magic of this timeless and visionary icon.

Alexandra JacobsAlexandra Jacobs

Hardcover, 2024

$40.00$20.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Double Click: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines, Carol Kino
NONFICTION: Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King calls Double Click “a revelation” and an “exquisitely intimate portrait of the McLaughlin sisters.”

Double Click: Twin Photographers in the Golden Age of Magazines

Carol Kino

A dual biography of twin trailblazing female photographers, Double Click provides a fascinating window into the golden era of magazine photographer and the McLaughlin’s lives as stars in their field. (Frances was the only female photographer in Condé Nast’s photo studio whose work graced the pages of Vogue. Kathryn’s surrealistic portraits filled “career girl” magazines like Charm.) Arts journalist Kino illuminates the twins’ lives and that electric time of New York creative history.

Hardcover, 2024

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Book Cover for: Maktub: An Inspirational Companion to the Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
FICTION: This unexpected companion to The Alchemist by one of the “most overrated novelists in history” (according to MSN) just might make you smile and think even if, first, you roll your eyes.

Maktub: An Inspirational Companion to the Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

Coelho is one of the most widely gifted authors of our time, and his impact on inspirational literature is undoubtable. A collection of stories and parables unraveling the human condition, Maktub is gathered from Paulo Coelho’s daily column of the same name and means “it is written.” Inviting seekers on a journey of faith, reflection, and transformation, Maktub will engage people of all ages and backgrounds with its short, inspirational pieces and illustrations.

Hardcover, 2024

$24.99$12.49 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Here After: A Memoir, Amy Lin
NONFICTION: A SheReads and ELLE most anticipated book of 2024 that Lauren Groff calls “a great gift” by “the earthquaking new talent Amy Lin”

Here After: A Memoir

Amy Lin

“When he dies, I fall out of time.” Lin never thought she’d find love like the one she shares with her husband, a gifted architect named Kurt. A few months shy of the newlyweds’ move to Vancouver, Canada, thirty-two-year-old Kurtis heads out for a half-marathon with Lin’s family. It's the last time Lin sees her husband alive. Here After is a finely etched memoir whose power will remain with you long after the final page.

Hardcover, 2024

$19.99$9.99 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir, Rupaul
NONFICTION: Drag superstar RuPaul shares a “highly candid, empowering” self-portrait that shows how the “mother” of all drag queens navigated life’s highs and lows.

The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir

Rupaul

The pioneering icon of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which now takes place internationally in France, the UK, Canada, and elsewhere, has left an indelible mark on the drag scene and pop culture at large, especially as drag has entered the American mainstream. Growing up Black, poor, and queer in a broken home, RuPaul discovered the power of performance. Exploring the road to global fame as an iconic, chameleonic queen, The House of Hidden Meanings shows RuPaul Andrew Charles stripped bare.

Hardcover, 2024

$29.99$14.99 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Tough Broad: From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking--How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives as We Age, Caroline Paul
NONFICTION: Cheryl Strayed has hailed Paul as the designated writer for “daredevils, doers, and dreamers of all ages,” and Tough Broads is no exception.

Tough Broad: From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking--How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives as We Age

Caroline Paul

Caroline Paul has mountain biked in the Bolivian Andes and pitched a tent, mid-blizzard, on Denali. Never a stranger to the outdoors, she has long wondered, “Why aren’t women, like men, encouraged to keep adventuring into old age?” Tough Broad is her attempt to answer this question. Diving deep into the current research on aging, she highlights stories like ninety-three-year-old hiker Dot Fisher-Smith and other women who show growing older is no reason for women to sell themselves short.

Teresa BergenTeresa Bergen

Hardcover, 2024

$27.99$13.99 + Free shipping50% off your first book