New Books Network

Miryam Sivan, “Make it Concrete” (Cuidono Press, 2019)
For twenty years, 47-year-old Isabel Toledo has been ghostwriting the stories of Holocaust survivors. It’s the mid 1990’s, Isabel is divorced from the father of her three children and in precarious relationships with three different men. Now, for the first time since she began ghosting, she’s having trouble finishing a... Read More
Adrienne Celt, “Invitation to a Bonfire” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
Zoya Andropova—soon to be known in her adopted country as Zoë Andropov—didn’t ask to be rescued from her Soviet orphanage, even after the arrest of her father, a strong supporter of the very regime that has now taken his life. But rescued she is, by well-meaning Americans, who soon dump... Read More
Sharon Shinn, “Echo in Onyx: Uncommon Echoes” (Audible Studios, 2019)
Brianna, our narrator, is the daughter of a country inn-keeper. Her quick thinking and compassion during a job interview earn her a coveted position as lady’s maid for Lady Marguerite, the daughter of the governor of Orenza. Like many members of the nobility in this fantasy world, Marguerite has Echoes,... Read More
Eliot Peper, “Breach” (47North, 2019)
The massive corporation at the center of Eliot Peper’s Analog trilogy, which he completed last month with the publication of Breach (47North, 2019) is radically different from most science fictional companies. It aspires to do good. The growth of Commonwealth into a benevolent behemoth is chronicled in the series’ first two novels, Bandwidth and Borderless (which Peper discussed on the New... Read More
Christopher Rea, “China’s Chaplin: Comic Stories and Farces by Xu Zhuodai” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Hoaxes! Jokes! Farces and fun! Cristopher Rea‘s China’s Chaplin (Cornell University Press, 2019) introduces the imagination of Xu Zhuodai (1880–1958), a comic dynamo who made Shanghai laugh through the tumultuous decades of the pre-Mao era. Xu was a popular and prolific literary humorist who styled himself variously as Master of... Read More
Nina Boutsikaris, “I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych” (Black Lawrence Press, 2019)
Today, I’m talking with Nina Boutsikaris. Her new book is called I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). And if you’ve ever said those words—I’m trying to tell you I’m sorry—you know they usually come at some crisis point in a conversation that’s... Read More
Pauline W. Chen, “Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality” (Vintage, 2008)
Too often keeping patients alive gets in the way of helping them as they approach death. Dr. Pauline Chen shares her experiences as a medical student and transplant surgeon and how they’ve shaped the way she practices medicine. Chen is the author of Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality... Read More