8 Paperback Releases You Might've Missed During These Crazy Times
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom $17.00 Paperback
Writer Sarah M. Broom was living in New York City when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August, 2005. Simultaneously, generations of her family were in New Orleans. Part memoir, part ode to a vibrant neighborhood and city, The Yellow House overflows with power and soul. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane $17.95 Paperback;
British author Robert Macfarlane is known for his works dedicated to the natural world. His explorer-writing aesthetic is reminiscent of Solnit, McPhee or Patrick Leigh Fermor. His latest, Underland, is a deep dive into the underworld, both conceptually and physically. From cave-paintings to nuclear waste deposits to human beliefs of death and afterlife, Underworld is an exploration of the darkest physical places and human concepts.
Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren $18.00 Paperback
The woman who inspired countless others, a rock and roll legend, Janis Joplin’s place in history is set. Grammy nominee and author of 16 books, Holly George-Warren is the perfect chronicler for such an icon. Her access to Joplin’s personal diaries, pics and notes illustrates the depth to which this impressive memoir is researched. Janis: Her Life and Music is a must-read for Janis fans and music fans alike.
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner $17.00 Paperback
Jennifer Weiner’s books have been made into movies and topped bestseller lists. Mrs. Everything tells the story of the Kaufman sisters growing up in Detroit during the 1950’s and through the following decades. Inspired by her own mother, Weiner is at her best with this rich blend of sisterhood, individuality and aspiration.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood $16.95 Paperback
Atwood returns to the dystopian Republic of Gilead in The Testaments, sequel to the smash-hit The Handmaid’s Tale (published in 1985). Taking place about 15 years after the events of its predecessor, The Testaments is a thrillingly fast-paced social critique.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead $15.95 Paperback
The 2020 Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Nickel Boys is the terrifying story of young black boys wrongly sent to a 'reforming' institution in Tallahassee during the 1960s. Based on real-life experiences, The Nickel Boys is harrowing, it’s forceful words resonate long after you’ve finished.
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi $15.99 Paperback
Choi’s precise prose lays bare some of our deepest personal struggles in Trust Exercise, a twisting, dramatic novel. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction.
Inland by Téa Obreht $18.00 Paperback
Set in the Arizona Territory at the end of the 19th century, Obreht draws on American mythology and the history of the west in her latest novel, Inland. The vast, romanticized landscapes are a picturesque backdrop for this haunting, poetic tale.
Reviews by Joel
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