December is frequently a quiet month for new books, and this year is no exception. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing new coming out, however–those of you keeping an eye on the new releases shelf of your local bookstore can take in an array of interesting work in translation, as well as a number of notable books being brought back into print in new editions. Here’s a sampling of the books that have our attention for this month.
Afternoon Bites: Lauren Beukes’s Latest, Kay Iguh Fiction, Kelley Deal Interviewed, John Crowley, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Lauren Beukes and John Crowley, delving into the Chicago suburbs, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Margaret Atwood at Comic-Con, Jim Ruland, Kathleen Alcott Interviewed, Warren Ellis, and More
In our afternoon reading: talking comics with Margaret Atwood, new writing from Jim Ruland, interviews with Kathleen Alcott and Warren Ellis, and more.
For a split-second, let’s talk about cities in prose. Maybe they’re not far yet remain unfamiliar; maybe they’re on the other side of the world. Maybe they’re cities from which we’re separated by time; maybe they’re cities that never existed at all. These three books chronicle scenes and observations from all of the above; they’re works that provoke and get under your skin.
When Lauren Beukes is on point, she unsettles like few other writers. Her novel Zoo City is both metaphorically and literally terrifying. In it, animals become tethered to people because of guilt; separating the two leads to horrific, catastrophic events, and society becomes subtly and bleakly changed as a result. The Shining Girls brought together the story of a time-traveling serial killer with a resonant portrayal of Chicago in the 1990s. I haven’t yet read her new novel Broken Monsters, but a number of smart readers I […]
Morning Bites: Donald Antrim and Anxiety, My Brightest Diamond, New Brandon Hobson Fiction, Lauren Beukes’s Latest, and More
Thoughts on Donald Antrim, Roxane Gay on books that have influenced her, talking with My Brightest Diamond, interviews with John Darnielle and Dolan Morgan, and more.
Morning Bites: Vladimir Sorokin on Russia and Ukraine, Wendy C. Ortiz, Samantha Irby Interviewed, Revisiting “Paul’s Boutique,” and More
The history of Paul’s Boutique, Vladimir Sorokin on the current situation in Ukraine, a pair of interviews with Samantha Irby, Wendy C. Ortiz’s memoir, and more.