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New Books Hitting Shelves This Week


Homeland Elegies

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.

Ayad Akhtar forges a new narrative voice to capture a country in which debt has ruined countless lives and the gods of finance rule, where immigrants live in fear, and where the nation's unhealed wounds wreak havoc around the world. Akhtar attempts to make sense of it all through the lens of a story about one family, from a heartland town in America to palatial suites in Central Europe to guerrilla lookouts in the mountains of Afghanistan, and spares no one -- least of all himself -- in the process.




Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream

The events of the past decade have forced us to reckon with who we are and who we want to be. We have been invested in a set of beliefs about our American identity: our exceptionalism, the inevitable rightness of our path, the promise that hard work and determination will carry us to freedom. But in Stakes Is High, Mychal Denzel Smith confronts the shortcomings of these stories--and with the American Dream itself--and calls on us to live up to the principles we profess but fail to realize.
In a series of incisive essays, Smith exposes the stark contradictions at the heart of American life, holding all of us, individually and as a nation, to account. We've gotten used to looking away, but the fissures and casual violence of institutional oppression are ever-present.
There is a future that is not as grim as our past. In this profound work, Smith helps us envision it with care, honesty, and imagination.





Don't Look for Me

They called it a “walk away.” The car abandoned miles from home. The note found at a nearby hotel. The shattered family. It happens all the time. Women disappear, desperate to start over. But what really happened to Molly Clarke?

The night Molly disappeared began with a storm, running out of gas, and a man offering her a ride to safety. But when the doors lock shut, Molly begins to suspect she has made a terrible mistake.

A new lead brings Molly’s daughter, Nicole, back to the small, desolate town where her mother was last seen to renew the desperate search. The locals are sympathetic and eager to help. The innkeeper. The bartender. Even the police. Until secrets begin to reveal themselves and Nicole comes closer to the truth about that night—and the danger surrounding her.





To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds.

Now she's awakened a nightmare.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn't at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity's greatest and final hope.





Piranesi

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.





The Evening and the Morning

It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns.

In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined. A young boatbuilder's life is turned upside down when the only home he's ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. . . . A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land, but the customs of her husband's homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. . . . A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.



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I'm so, so excited for Piranesi!! I had preordered the audiobook (read by Chiwetel Ejiofor!) a few weeks ago and just downloaded it.
Oh my god, that is EXACTLY who I pictured as the main character in the book! I had no idea it was him doing the audiobook.

Btw, the book was perfect. Kind of solitary and sad (you'll understand when you finish it) but it was so good.
Omg that is such a funny coincidence!

I'm so glad it was good, though, I haven't had a chance to start yet but am hoping to later today!!
I'm honestly super curious about Christopher Paolini's book because as a teen I loved Eragon and loathed it's sequels.
I've finish reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn like two days ago and it was really good! I haven't seen the tv-show but I was still spoiled that [Spoiler (click to open)]Amma was the real killer but it didn't ruin the book for me at all so even if you are a little bit spoiled I can still recommend the book, I do have to say the way Gillian talked about the girls (who are like 13) bodies felt kinda unnecessary like..do you have to talk about a a 13-years body that way??

Anyway..I think I'm gonna read The Essex Serpent next!
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars sounds really interesting but I lost interest in Eragon after the second book so idk.
I know I haven't read it yet but I feel like he must have grown as a writer since then.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars was boring, at least in the first 40 pages they released as a teaser. It teased nothing besides the main character being boring and everyone around her being dull.
Paolini trying it again.
It might have picked up, but they picked a terrible first 40 pages for a teaser. I wouldn't buy it based on it.
Oh that's a shame. It looked like my kind of thing.

squirrels_oh_no

1 month ago

I finished the Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes and it was really good. Now I’m reading The Comeback...I clearly love books about fame.

Has anyone read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell? I ordered the UK cover from amazon last night because I don’t like the US cover. And it’s not even available at the library. But I’m really in the mood for spooky books now. I’ve been watching so many YouTube suggestions for good Fall books. It’s like window shopping for me. Lol
TUOCH is the one written by an ONTD member, right? It's next on my list, I hope it's a page turner.
Yes it is and it was!
i started reading Shirley Jackson's Hangsaman. i hope it picks up bc it's not grabbing me right now. which makes me sad bc i LOOOOOVE Ms Jackson (ooh)
Piranesi sounds interesting! I never got around to reading the Jonathan Strange book, but I remember hearing good things.

I just read The Comeback by Ella Berman yesterday. It was okay - a quick read about a timely topic, though the writing was a bit flat.

Gonna start on something else this afternoon. I think it'll be Death on the Nile, since my loan's almost up on that one.
There were like three books on my list that came out today but now I can't remember what they are.

I'm reading If We Were Villains with a friend.
I'd read Don't Look For Me. I still haven't received Yaa Gyasi's Transcendent Kingdom yet and I'm v annoyed.
I finished My Dark Vanessa and it was so good. Creepy, infuriating, haunting. Definitely recommend it, but with a massive trigger warning. I've started Our Little Racket by Angelica Baker. It's about the family of a man who is basically responsible for the 2008 financial crisis and what happens to them afterwards. It's fiction, so not a true story, but I love reading about the rich and high society.
I've got My Dark Vanessa on my wish list and been back and forth about getting it. It's good to hear another recommendation.
I read Piranesi and loved it. Even though she's been working on it for several years it does feel like a Covid novel with its themes of loneliness and isolation.

I'm reading The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane which is a nonfiction book about old paths in Britain and how they shape the landscape and memory.
I loved Piranesi. Probably in my top 5 books of the year so far.
I've got the new Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians), and an early Towles (nyc in the roaring twenties!), so I'm good for now.
The new Kwan is out?
Yes ma'am! Ebook, at the very least.

xdecadentx

1 month ago

A new Clarke? Ooooooooh!
I finally finished The Deep by Alma Katsu after about 2 months of picking it up for a few pages at a time and... I was so disappointed. I loved her writing, there were some really nice passages in there, but the execution of the premise was a big old "oof" for me.

Unfulfilling character resolutions, pointless red herrings that would have made far more interesting explanations than what we ended with, blatantly ridiculous historical inaccuracies (justice for Lady Duff-Gordon in this novel, jfc) and just... no real sense of dread or horror.

Oh well.
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