Our Most Anticipated Books of June 2023
Our cities have been plagued by economic injustices and inequalities long before COVID-19 upended urban life everywhere. Beyond Plague Urbanism delves into this zone of urban pathology and asks what successive lockdowns and exoduses, remote work and small-business collapse, redundant office space and unaffordable living space portend for our society in cities?
Six years after the first publication of the landmark work, The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein returns. While the first book brilliantly recounted how government at all levels created segregation. Just Action describes how we can begin to undo it. This book describes dozens of activities that readers and supporters can undertake in their own communities to make their commitment real, producing victories that might finally challenge residential segregation and help remedy America’s profoundly unconstitutional past.
Paging all Elliot Page fans (see what I did there?): this is one memoir you won't want to miss. From his breakout role in Juno, to his journey of queer self-discovery, Page chronicles living in the limelight while learning to live as his authentic self.
Full to bursting with life, in all its complexities and vagaries, Innards is an uncompromising depiction of black South Africa. Visceral and tender, it heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
A new novel from the Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy, the celebrated author of The Man Who Saw Everything and The Cost of Living. At the height of her career, the piano virtuoso Elsa M. Anderson—former child prodigy, now in her thirties—walks off the stage in Vienna, mid-performance.
R. F. Kuang and Carmen Maria Machado girlies, let's GOOO. In a city called Nevers, there lives a professor of literature called Q. He has a dull marriage and a lackluster career, but also a scrumptious collection of antique dolls locked away in his cupboard--this is the premise for Dorothy Tse's strange and wonderful fable-turned-novel.
Wry and inventive, Juliet is a tribute to fiction’s most famous teenage girl who died young, but who lives forever.
In this enlightening personal account, one man tells the story of his groundbreaking project to sleep overnight in former slave dwellings that still stand across the country—revealing the fascinating history behind these sites and shedding light on larger issues of race in America.
NEW. JENNY. ERPENBECK.
Kairos is a love story amid the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the GDR.
Lisa See is one of our greatest writers on female friendship and kinship, and the way those connections are tested over the course of her protagonists' lives. Her many historical novels, including Snowflower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love, are deeply researched and lived in, and Lady Tan's Circle of Women is a wonderful edition to her body of work. Great for fans of the Neapolitan Quartet and Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life.
I am so excited for this weird little book! A debut novel by the young Italian author Bernardo Zannoni, My Stupid Intentions is an 'autobiography' of a beech martin (read: weasel) named Archy, set in a world where animals converse and live as men. Archy's life is forever changed when he learns to read and begins to ask big questions about God, existence, and what it means to be a 'real animal'.
Hands of Time is a journey through watchmaking history, from the earliest attempts at time-keeping, to the breakthrough in engineering that gave us the first watch, to today – where the timepieces hold cultural and historical significance beyond what its first creators could have imagined. Acclaimed watchmaker Rebecca Struthers uses the most important watches throughout history to explore their attendant paradigm shifts in how we think about time, indeed how we think about our own humanity.
A moving tale of unlikely friendship and the beauty of nature, set in the wild wetland landscape of the English Fens during World War II. Perfect for fans of Atonement, this gorgeous coming of age explores the connection between Philip, a conscientious objector, and Freda, a young London evacuee housed by a cruel family.
Owls have fascinated us for millennia, cited as ill omens, or messengers of the gods, or a wizard's companion. Masterful bird-author, Jennifer Ackerman (The Genius of Birds and The Bird Way) takes readers into the illusive, nocturnal world of owls.
"Though there were always whispers on the Upper West Side about our neighborhood cult, the Sullivanians kept their secrets well. Now Alexander Stille exposes their truth and it’s more awful and bizarre than anything we’d imagined—a gothic tale of Boomer dreams for a better world twisted into control, abuse, and yes, even some amateur theater. But The Sullivanians doesn’t stop there. Ultimately the questions it asks aren’t just about cults; they’re about the nature of family and what it means to belong."
—Thomas Dyja, author of New York, New York, New York
A unique and magical cook’s tour of the world, National Dish brings us to a deep appreciation of how the country makes the food, and the food the country. Award-winning writer Anya von Bremzen explores six of the world’s most fascinating and iconic culinary cultures—France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Mexico, and Turkey—brilliantly weaving cuisine, history, and politics into a work of scintillating connoisseurship and charm.
“A thrilling and surprising story of deep human hunger and desire, the ache that lives in all of us, and the sometimes violent lengths that we will go to feel seen and loved and understood.”
—Lynn Steger Strong, author of Flight
A collection of dark, twisted stories from Agustina Bazterrica, author of Tender is the Flesh.
"Disgusting! I loved it. Read if you like books about obligate cannibalism, pandemics, and a sense of unresolvable unease."
One of the most remarkable true-crime narratives of the twenty-first century: the story of the world’s most prolific art thief, Stéphane Breitwieser. In this spellbinding portrait of obsession and flawed genius, the best-selling author of The Stranger in the Woods brings us into Breitwieser’s strange world—unlike most thieves, he never stole for money, keeping all his treasures in a single room where he could admire them.
"Banyan Moon is an intricately woven story of three generations of women, surviving and living each in their own way. This novel has everything you want: desire, betrayal, grit, tenderness, pride, love, and--most deliciously, most brazenly--the dirty secrets and sacred secrets we make and keep to protect what we hold dear."
— Meng Jin, author of Little Gods and Self-Portrait with Ghost
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