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New Books December 2017

Fiction Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. His mother, Leonie, is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is black and her children’s father is white. Embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her […]

New Books November 2017

Non-Fiction Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum In 1932-33, nearly four million Ukrainians died of starvation, having been deliberately deprived of food. It is one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the twentieth century. The book draws on a mass of archival material and first-hand testimony only available since […]

New Books September/October 2017

Fiction Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney  Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known […]

New Books August 2017

Fiction A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of deportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak. Come in search of her lover, to fetch him home again, away from the invaders, Yasia must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her. Here […]

New Books July 2017

Fiction The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace […]

New Books June 2017

Fiction Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout Anything is Possible tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after seventeen years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind. Ghachar Ghochar  by Vivek Shanbhag A close-knit family is delivered […]

New Books May 2017

Fiction The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh […]

New Books March 2017

Fiction Black Bread by Emili Teixidor In the rough hill country of rural Catalonia, the Spanish Civil War is over and the villagers live under occupation by the fascist Civil Guard. With his father in jail facing possible execution as a subversive, and his mother working long hours in a factory, eleven-year-old Andreu is sent to […]

New Books February 2017

Fiction Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: a young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, Ai-Ming tells the story of her […]

New Books January 2017

Fiction The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell Britain is in a state of uneasy peace. Northumbria’s Viking ruler Sigtryggr, and Mercia’s Saxon Queen Aethelflaed have agreed a truce. And so England’s greatest warrior, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, at last has the chance to take back the home his traitorous uncle stole from him so many years […]