10 new books to keep you company on your holiday weekend travels. ‹ Literary Hub

Katie Yee

November 22, 2022, 4:08 am

New books or perfect companions that, when held right in front of your face, can act as a conversational shield against certain family members this Thanksgiving.



Allie Rowbottom, Aesthetics
(Soho Press)

“Much is made of how perfectly Aesthetics captures influencer culture, but the genius of this novel is how far it transcends our current moment.”
– Busy

Eleanor Lanahan, Paper dolls of Zelda Fitzgerald

“A fascinating look beyond the surface of a man whose personal life has been thoroughly explored. It’s incredible to see another facet of Zelda Fitzgerald’s endless creativity and artistry.
– Library journal

Makoto Shinkai and Naruki Nagakawa, tr.  Ginny Tapley Takemori, She and Her Cat: Stories

Naruki Nagakawa and Makoto Shinkai, tr. Ginny Tapley Takemori, She and her cat

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“Read alone or as a whole, these heartfelt and enlightening stories offer a thematic continuum about the silent burdens humans bear in a modern, often isolated world, and how human-animal interactions enrich and invigorate lives.”
– Awareness of shelves

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Lee Konstantinou, Rereading The Last Samurai
(Columbia University Press)

“Fans of the novel should not miss it.”
– Publishers’ Weekly

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Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, World Record Book of Racist Stories
(Grand Central)

“An excellent look at the lived experience of black Americans that should be required reading for all Americans.”
– Kirkus

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Clarence Lusane, Twenty dollars and change
(Street lighting)

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“In this original and brilliantly conceived book, acclaimed political scientist Clarence Lusane offers an incisive analysis of how racism and inequality have shaped—and continue to shape—American society.”
Keisha N. Blain

Beverly Gage, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century

Beverly Gage G-Man

“A humanizing biography. . . Instead, it provides an appreciation of the complexities that made Hoover who he was.”
– The New York Times


Tony Tetro and Giampiero Ambrosi, Crook

“Written in a colorful, conversational voice and blending memoir, art history, and true crime, Tetro’s account takes readers on a turbulent, fast-paced, high-stakes roller coaster ride.”
– Publishers’ Weekly

Shahan Mufti, American caliph

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“Mufti dive in[s] alone in the story… [His] effort creates the most complete picture yet of what happened—and why it mattered.”
– Washingtonian

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DT Max, The final

“Max paints a gentle and likable portrait of a notoriously private persona, enhanced by his own sharp and serious eye… Sondheim fans shouldn’t miss this.”
– Publishers’ Weekly


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