Our Most Anticipated Books of July 2021

Fiction

Coming July 6th

Dear Miss Metropolitan by Carolyn Ferrell

“You think you’re ready for this novel, but you’re not ready. Carolyn Ferrell has shaped a story made of diamonds and broken glass; it’s going to cut you deep. Dear Miss Metropolitan is a triumph of storytelling in all its forms, a collage of styles and sympathies. A stunner.”
—Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling

Bolla by Pajtim Statovci, trans. David Hackston

Kosovo, 1995. Arsim, an Albanian, is newly-married and expecting his first child. He is also infatuated with his fellow university student, Milos, a Serb. With luminous prose and a delicate eye, Pajtim Statovci delivers a relentless novel of desire, destruction, intimacy, and the different fronts of war.

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin

Gilda, a twenty-something, atheist, animal-loving lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. This debut novel is perfectly, morbidly, hilarious. Need I say more?

Wayward by Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta's Wayward is a stunning novel about aging, about the female body, and about female difficulty--female complexity--in the age of Trump. Probing and provocative, brainy and sensual, it is a testament to our weird, off-kilter America, to reforms and resistance and utopian wishes, and to the beauty of ruins. Tremendous new work from one of the most gifted writers of her generation.

Give My Love to the Savages by Chris Stuck

The nine tales in Give My Love to the Savages illuminate the multifaceted Black experience, exploring the thorny intersections of race, identity, and Black life through an extraordinary cast of characters. From the absurd to the starkly realistic, these stories take aim at the ironies and contradictions of the American racial experience.

Coming July 13th

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

 A beautiful, wistful novel of and about reflection. On the long train journey from his home in Colombo, to Sri Lanka's northern providence for a funeral, one man considers the history of his life, his lovers, and his country's decades-long civil war.

Coming July 20th

Colorful by Eto Mori, trans. by Jocelyne Allen

The best-selling Japanese phenomenon is finally available in English! Colorful tells the story of a dead soul given a second chance at life, thanks to a sarcastic angel named Prapura and a heavenly lottery. Perfect for readers of The Midnight Library or Neil Gaiman.


Non-Fiction

Coming July 6th

Christians Against Christianity by Obery Hendricks Jr

Where is the Christianity in right-wing evangelicalism? Hendricks, who teaches religion and African-American studies at Columbia University, challenges right-wing evangelicals on the terrain of their own religious claims, exposing the falsehoods, contradictions, and misuses of the Bible that are embedded in their rabid homophobia, their poorly veiled racism and demonizing of immigrants and Muslims, and their ungodly alliance with big business against the interests of American workers.

After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming & the Terrible Cost of Comfort 
by Eric Dean Wilson

As a devoted air conditioner junkie, I'm dreading having the wool pulled from my eyes by this book, but Wilson's literary approach to history and science should help to soften the blow. 

This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan

Literary powerhouse Michael Pollan is back! This time, Pollan explores our relationship with psychoactive plants. Why are we so eager to normalize a caffeine addiction, but not opium or mescaline? How do those perceptions and taboos vary between communities? Why are humans, across all times and cultures, so drawn to the effects of these plants?

Coming July 13th

Love Lockdown: Dating, Sex & Marriage in America's Prisons 
by Elizabeth Greenwood

“I started reading this book and couldn’t stop…[Love Lockdown is] a clear-eyed, compassionate look at prison love stories, and I found every relationship riveting.”—Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women

Coming July 20th

How Literatures Begin edited by Joel B. Lande & Denis Feeney

In this ambitious collection, historians across the disciplines come together to showcase how different literary cultures formed and grew across the globe. An examination of the practices, technologies, institutions, and individuals that created seventeen literary traditions: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic, English, Romance languages, German, Russian, Latin American, African, African American, and world literature.

Shock to the System: Coups, Elections & War on the Road to Democratization
by Michael K. Miller

Through in-depth examinations of 139 democratic transitions, Miller shows how democratization frequently follows both domestic shocks (coups, civil wars, and assassinations) and international shocks (defeat in war and withdrawal of an autocratic hegemon) due to autocratic insecurity and openings for opposition actors. 

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Dear Miss Metropolitan: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250793614
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 6th, 2021

Bolla Cover Image
By Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524749200
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 6th, 2021

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982167356
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Published: Atria Books - July 6th, 2021

Wayward Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593318737
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 6th, 2021

Give My Love to the Savages: Stories Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780063029972
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Published: Amistad - July 6th, 2021

A Passage North: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593230701
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Published: Hogarth - July 13th, 2021

Colorful Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640094420
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 20th, 2021

Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780807057407
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Published: Beacon Press - July 6th, 2021

After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982111298
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 6th, 2021

This Is Your Mind on Plants Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593296905
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Published: Penguin Press - July 6th, 2021

Love Lockdown: Dating, Sex, and Marriage in America's Prisons Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501158414
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Published: Gallery Books - July 13th, 2021

How Literatures Begin: A Global History Cover Image
By Joel B. Lande (Editor), Denis Feeney (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780691186528
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Published: Princeton University Press - July 20th, 2021

Shock to the System: Coups, Elections, and War on the Road to Democratization Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691217000
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Published: Princeton University Press - July 20th, 2021