Elvia Wilks' OVAL (Soft Skull Press, 2019) is a deeply imaginative work of literary fiction that reflects the way Berlin has changed and paints a portrait of this culture-capital today and soon. This memorable debut styles and recreates the city, prompting us to consider an unsettling and yet all-too-plausible future in which imminent change becomes undeniable.
SEE YOU ON SUNDAY
Sam Sifton is food editor and former dining critic for The New York Times. His second book, SEE YOU ON SUNDAY, coming in February 2020 from Random House, is a home-cooking manifesto derived from more than two decades of food reporting and cooking by one of America’s finest food writers.
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
In her debut collection, coming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2020, Mary South’s characters use technology to escape their uncontrollable feelings of grief or rage or despair, only to reveal their most flawed and human selves. These 10 stories feature an impressive range of voices, alternatingly provocative, wistful, and calculatingly disaffected in prose that is fiercely intelligent and outlandishly funny.
In Mary South’s forthcoming UNTITLED NOVEL (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021), women are turning into common household objects, such as vacuums, microwave ovens, and flatscreen televisions. The novel’s protagonist observes this process as a nurse at a hospice for women of the 1%, where only the rich and the famous can receive adequate care while enduring such a painful and unusual change.
SILENCE: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives
With precision and grace, award-winning author Jane Brox traces the evolution of silence in society. Through the specific histories of the Senanque monastery in France and the first silent prison, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, SILENCE (Houghton Mifflin, 2019) explores the harrowing power of silence and our often fraught relationship with communication and solitude.
Encompassing ten short stories, Jeffery Renard Allen's forthcoming collection FAT TIME (Graywolf Press, 2020) is loosely linked around African notions of time and place, along with African views of space, cosmology, and metaphysics. Taken together, these ten stories represent a contemporary master at the top of his craft.
THE ALCHEMY OF INNER WORK
THE ALCHEMY OF INNER WORK (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2020) by Lorie Eve Dechar with Benjamin Fox is a hands-on guide for practitioners and patients as well as a journey of discovery, a meditation on what it means to heal and live a truly health-filled life.
SHY: The Autobiography of Mary Rodgers Guettel
Mary Rodgers Guettel was Richard Rodgers's daughter, a noted composer, author, and arts doyenne in her own right and the sharpest tongue in show biz. Her posthumous memoir SHY: The Autobiography of Mary Rodgers Guettel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021), written with New York Times co-chief theater critic Jesse Green, is broader than a memoir, more personal than a biography, more true than a novel, yet contains elements of each.
INDIGO: ARMWRESTLING, SNAKE SAVING, AND SOME THINGS IN BETWEEN
Padgett Powell is the author of nine works of fiction, making INDIGO: Armwrestling, Snake Saving, and Some Things in Between (Catapult, 2020), his very first, very welcome collection of nonfiction. Every piece deftly delivers the same idiosyncratic brilliance that has earned Powell praise from the likes of Donald Barthelme, Gary Shteyngart, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and many more.
NO RECIPE WEEKNIGHT RECIPES
With NO RECIPE WEEKNIGHT RECIPES (Ten Speed Press, 2021), Sam Sifton joins with the editors of the New York Times food section and the popular NYT Cooking website to bring readers 100 no-stress, no-recipe recipes for inspired weeknight cooking that’s household-pleasing and fun.