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

November 15, 2022, 4:55 a.m.

Another Tuesday, another round of novelties. This week sees the publication of the new Patti Smith, an anthology edited by Eileen Myles, the fifth anniversary edition by Hanif Abdurraqib, and more.


Patti Smith, A Book of Days

Patti Smith, A book of days
(Random house)

“A powerful mix of images and text inspired by Instagram but original in its execution.”

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Eileen Myles (ed.), pathetic literature
(grove press)

“In this powerful anthology, the poet Myles shares an expansive but deeply focused reading list bound by the concept of pathos.”
–Publisher Weekly

Nick Hornby, Dickens and Prince: a special kind of genius

Nick Hornby, Dickens and Prince: a special kind of genius

“An ardent fan letter from Hornby that makes you want to re-read great expectations listening Sign the Times.

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Hillary Chute (ed.), Maus Now: selected writing

“This is a thought-provoking collection of pieces that explore topics that Maus touches, and is a must-read if you’ve read Spiegelman’s books.
–Riot Book

burning idol

Rin Usami, tr. Asa Yoneda, Idol, Burning

“With unflinching clarity, Usami deftly transforms Akari’s devotion into debilitating disconnection… A poignant and disturbing international bestseller from Japan exposes the detachment and isolation of teenagers in the frenetic world of an obsessive fandom .”
–Ray awareness

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Marvel Moreno, trans. Isabel Adey and Charlotte Coombe, December Breeze

“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 dike

Brigitta Olubas, Shirley Hazzard: A Life of Writing

Brigitta Olubas, Shirley Hazzard: A Life of Writing

“An illuminating portrait of the esteemed Australian-born fiction writer and essayist… A captivating and well-crafted profile of a supremely gifted writer.”

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 that are written with such insight and tenderness that I read it in a day and immediately re-read it in full… It’s spectacular .”
-The New York Times


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

“[Dawn] powerfully underscores how the threat of violence drives all characters to mistrust and paranoia. This story of persecution convinces with its urgency and humanity.
–Publisher Weekly

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Eric Hazan, Paris in turmoil: a city between past and future

“[Readers] will find in this fiery and charming volume the ideal companion for a stimulating walk in the City of Light.
–Library Journal

Brian Thomas Swimme, Cosmogenesis: an unveiling of the expanding universe

“Rarely, if ever, in scientific tradition has the excitement of the universe been expressed in such memorable formulation.”
–Creation Magazine

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

Emma Smith, portable magic

portable magic is a love song to the book as a physical object. In tactile prose, Smith reminds us of the thrills of shabby covers, the illicit pleasure of writing in the margins when you’ve been told not to, and the guilty joy that comes from poring over the traces someone left behind. another.
-The Guardian

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