New Books! Week of September 9
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Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross
"In this epic, extraordinary book, Alex Ross contends with the 'infernal logic' of Wagner's legacy, through the centuries and across poetry, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, politics, war, film. Wagnerism is a hugely exhilarating read, and a virtuoso feat of scholarship and supple writing: Ross is such a companionable guide, connecting ideas so casually and unspooling stories so fluidly that you can almost lose sight of the ferocious erudition that undergirds every page. I can't think of a better or more profound work about the long, complicated shadow of cultural influence." -- Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Say Nothing
Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser
"When did we as women start trying so desperately to tame our feelings, our bodies, our ambition? In this powerful and beautiful book, Elizabeth Lesser brings us back to the earliest stories that convinced us to silence our voices, and then forward to a place where we trust ourselves to lead our lives--and the world."--Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed
Stakes is High: Life After the American Dream by Mychal Denzel Smith
"With searing vision and unwavering clarity, Mychal Denzel Smith dismantles our most enduring myths and dangerous national illusions. His argument is personal, intimate. It calls on us, line by line, to do the hard work of truthful living: to hold past and present, love and criticism, up in equal measure. Stakes Is High will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most important works of the decade; as social critique, as personal essay, as a master class in language. Keep it within arm's length; you'll be reaching for it long after you've read the last line."-- Téa Obreht, author of Inland
Homeland Elegies: A Novel by Ayad Akhtar
"Tour de force . . . a poetic confession of the agony of trying to articulate a nuanced critique of faith and politics in an age of shrieking partisanship."-- Ron Charles, Washington Post
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
"Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling, at once a gripping mystery, an adventure through a brilliant new fantasy world, and a deep meditation on the human condition: feeling lost, and being found. I already want to be back in its haunting and beautiful halls!" --Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE
The Case for the Green New Deal by Ann Pettifor
" The Case for the Green New Deal succinctly explains what the GND is, where the idea came from, why it's necessary, and how to make it happen. As an economist and expert in monetary theory, Pettifor is uniquely well placed to describe how the GND can be funded." --Morning Star
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
"Attenberg gets so deep into the psyches of her characters that the story ends up seeming electric with ruin, and with possible resurrection . . . This is how you write a very good novel about a very bad man . . . All This Could Be Yours is full of hope--but it is to say that the novel is most powerful when it's in honest open battle with that which makes hope so difficult in the first place." -- New York Times
Igifu by Scholastique Mukasonga, translated by Jordan Stump
"These stories are intimate portraits of young people with no choice but to carry on. The heartbreaking realities of their plights are balanced by absorbing glimpses into Tutsi culture and the characters' unquenchable senses of hope. Their resilience is inspiring, while their need to be resilient is a tragic reminder of the consequences of prejudice and unthinking hatred. Igifu is a poignant collection about the effects of trauma on tradition, community, and individuals." -- Eileen Gonzalez, Foreword Reviews
Resistencia: Poems of Protest and Revolution, introduction by Julia Alvarez, edited by Mark Eisner and Tina Escaja
Resistencia resists being an easy Latinx experience. While many of these poems are about war and pain, it would be a disservice to characterize them solely as melancholic. Even surrounded in death and destruction, there is a vibrancy in the lines. There is joy. There is living. Beauty's put forward bravely.--David Tomas Martinez, author of Post Traumatic Hood Disorder
Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
“A skilled, lively, prodigiously researched book that, in the main, neither whitewashes nor rebukes its subject: It works hard to make the reader see Sontag as the severely complex person she was. [Moser] writes vividly of a woman of parts determined to leave a mark on her time; and makes us feel viscerally how large those parts were -- the arrogance, the anxiety, the reach! No mean achievement.” -- Vivian Gornick, The New York Times Book Review
Leif and the Fall by Allison Sweet Grant and Adam Grant, illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard
"Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. 'All leaves fall in the fall,' say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, and a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch?"
Kevin the Unicorn: Why Can't We Be Bestie-Corns? by Jennifer Von Innerebner
"When a new unicorn moves in next door, Kevin is certain he's about to make a new magically awesome best friend. After all, everyone loves unicorns (especially other unicorns)! But it turns out Eric loves scary movies (eek!) and clam juice (blech!) and he doesn't like camping or skateboarding or any of the activities Kevin adores. In fact, apart from his sparkly mane and radiant horn, Eric doesn't have all that much in common with Kevin. Could it be that Eric and Kevin aren't destined to be the best of buds?"
One Time by Sharon Creech
Gina Filomena has always been told she has an overactive imagination. With her bright clothing from her Nonna Filomena and her artistic spirit, she’s always felt different from the other kids in her class. That is, until she meets her new neighbor, a mysterious boy named Antonio with a wide, welcoming smile. When Gina and Antonio start school, they meet their new teacher, Miss Lightstone. Through Miss Lightstone’s lessons, a world of possibilities opens up, and Gina observes her classmates’ creativity beginning to blossom. With the help of Antonio and the teacher with a gift for inspiring her students, will Gina find the answers to the questions Who am I? and Who do I want to be?
Dog Man: Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey
The Supa Buddies bamboozled the baddies, but all's not right in the world. Dog Man has a new problem to pound, and he's going to need his entire pack to help him. Will he go barking up the wrong tree?
Meme by Aaron Starmer
Cole Weston--former friend, former boyfriend--has become dangerous, erratic. Something needs to be done. Getting rid of Cole is practically a public service. So high school seniors Holly Morse, Grayson Hobbs, Logan Bailey, and Meeka Miller devise a plan. Kill Cole. Bury him in the woods behind Meeka's house. Bury him deep, deep in the ground along with four old cell phones, wiped except for their video confession as insurance that no one will ever betray the group. Everything is perfect, until the meme appears. It's a screenshot from their confession... a confession that's supposed to be entombed with Cole forever in the cold Vermont dirt.