New Books Network

Anand Prahlad, “The Secret Life of a Black Aspie: A Memoir” (U Alaska Press, 2017)
Anand Prahlad was born on a former plantation in Virginia in 1954. This memoir, vividly internal, powerfully lyric, and brilliantly impressionistic, is his story. For the first four years of his life, Prahlad didn’t speak. But his silence didn’t stop him from communicating—or communing—with the strange, numinous world he found... Read More
Kelly J. Beard, “An Imperfect Rapture” (Zone 3 Press, 2018)
Many of you listening to this now probably recall growing up in a household of faith. You may have fond memories of the familiar rituals, the holidays, the shared family values. A weekly service at a church, a temple or a mosque. For many worshippers, religion can provide a sense... Read More
Stephen Hough, “The Final Retreat” (Sylph Editions, 2018)
The Final Retreat (Sylph Editions, 2018) is a debut novel of Stephen Hough, a world-renowned concert pianist and composer. The novel narrates a story of a priest Joseph Flynn, who undergoes a deep emotional and psychological confusion that arises out of his devotion to religion and his desire to be... Read More
Charlie Jane Anders, “The City in the Middle of the Night” (Tor Books, 2019)
Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night (Tor Books, 2019) is a coming of age story about Sophie, a young woman trying to forge her identity on a planet of rigid social classes, harsh climate and frightening aliens. Feeling hopelessly out of place, Sophie ventures where no human... Read More
Sara Tantlinger, “The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes” (StrangeHouse Books, 2018)
In The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes (StrangeHouse Books, 2018), Sara Tantlinger intertwines fact and speculation to examine inner workings of H.H. Holmes, a man who committed ghastly crimes in the late 19th century and who is often credited with being America’s first serial killer. Narratively arranged, these... Read More