12 new books to look forward to this week. ‹ Literary Hub

Katie Yee

November 15, 2022, 4:55 am

Another Tuesday, another round of news. This week sees the release of a new Patti Smith, an anthology edited by Eileen Myles, Hanif Abdurraqib’s five-year anniversary edition, and more.

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Patti Smith, Book of Days

patti smith, Book of days
(Random House)

“A strong combination of image and text inspired by Instagram, but at the same time original in its execution.”
– Kirkus

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Eileen Myles (ed.), Pathetic literature
(Grove Press)

“In this powerful anthology, poet Myles shares a wide-ranging yet deeply focused reading list that weaves together the concept of pathos.”
– Publishers’ Weekly

Nick Hornby, Dickens and the Prince: A Peculiar Kind of Genius

Nick Hornby, Dickens and the Prince: A Peculiar Kind of Genius
(A river)

“An ardent fan letter from Hornby that will make you want to read it again Great expectations while listening Sign the Times.”
– Vogue

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Hillary Chute (ed.), Maus Now: Featured Writing
(Pantheon)

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“This is a collection of thought-provoking pieces that explores themes that Maus is touching and a must-read if you’ve read Spiegelman’s books.’
– The Rebellion book

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Rin Usami, tr. Asa Yoneda, Idol, Burning
(Harpervia)

“With unflinching clarity, Usami expertly transforms Akari’s devotion into a debilitating disconnect… A poignant, disturbing international bestseller from Japan reveals teenage detachment and isolation in the frenetic world of obsessive fandom.”
– Awareness of shelves

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Marvel Moreno, tr. Isabel Adey and Charlotte Coombe, December breeze
(Europe)

“As a Colombian expat and writer, I feel a strong connection to Moreno’s work and share her obsession with the world she grew up in.”
– On the Sea Wall

Brigitta Olubas, Shirley Hazzard: A Writer's Life

Brigitta Olubasová, Shirley Hazzard: A Writer’s Life
(FSG)

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“An illuminating portrait of an esteemed Australian-born novelist and essayist… An engaging, well-crafted profile of an extraordinarily gifted writer.”
– Kirkus

they can't kill us until they kill us

Hanif Abdurraqib, They can’t kill us until they kill us
(two dollar radio)

“It’s a collection of essays on music and culture, written with such insight and tenderness that I read them in a day and immediately read the whole thing again… It’s magnificent.”
– The New York Times

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Sevgi Soysal, tr. Maureen Freely, Dawn
(Archipelago Books)

“[Dawn] strongly underlines how the threat of violence drives all characters into suspicion and paranoia. This story of persecution convinces with its urgency and humanity.”
– Publishers’ Weekly

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Eric Hazan Paris in Confusion: A City Between Past and Future
(Verso)

“[Readers] will find this fiery and enchanting bundle to be the perfect companion for a stroll through the City of Light.
– Library journal

Brian Thomas Swimme, Cosmogenesis: The Discovery of the Expanding Universe
(Counterpoint)

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“Rarely, if ever, in the scientific tradition has the excitement of space been expressed in such a memorable phrase.”
– Creation magazine

Emma Smith, Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers

Emma Smith, Portable magic
(Button)

Portable magic is a love song to the book as a physical object. In tactile prose, Smith reminds us of the thrill and spill of battered envelopes, the illicit pleasure of writing in the margins when you’ve been told not to, and the guilt that comes from deepening the marks someone else has left.’
– The guard

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