New Books Network

Eric LeMay, “Remember Me: An Essay” (CutBank 2020)
This, my first podcast for the New Books Network, was a hard one … but, a good one. Listen in, as I talk cancer, parenting, writing, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet with my former professor and mentor, author Eric LeMay about his new chapbook, Remember Me: An Essay (CutBank 2020). When I... Read More
Janie Chang, “The Library of Legends” (William Morrow, 2020)
Perhaps in anticipation of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the armistice, or just the reality that the last survivors will not be with us much longer, World War II has dominated the genre of historical fiction for some time. But two years before Hitler’s aggression against Poland set off the conflagration... Read More
Tochi Onyebuchi, “Riot Baby” (Tor.com, 2020)
Tochi Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby (Tor.com, 2020) tells the story of two siblings—Ella, who is gifted with powers of precognition and telekinesis, and her younger brother Kevin, whose exuberant resistance to systemic racism earns him a one-way ticket to jail. Onyebuchi’s first novel for adults is as much a tale of the... Read More
Frederik H. Green, “Bird Talk and Other Stories by Xu Xu: Modern Tales of a Chinese Romantic” (Stone  Bridge Press, 2020)
Xu Xu (1908-1980) was one of the most widely read Chinese authors of the 1930s to 1960s. His popular urban gothic tales, his exotic spy fiction, and his quasi-existentialist love stories full of nostalgia and melancholy offer today’s readers an unusual glimpse into China’s turbulent twentieth century. The translations in Bird... Read More
Gabriel Bump, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong” (Algonquin Books, 2020)
Abandoned by his parents and raised by a strong-willed grandmother and her live-in friend, Claude McKay Love just wants to have friends and fit in at school or on the playground. He faces all the usual hurdles of growing up, with the additional challenge of being black. And he lives... Read More
Erica Bauermeister, “House Lessons: Renovating a Life” (Sasquatch Books, 2020)
From the New York Times, best selling author Erica Bauermeister comes House Lessons: Renovating a Life (Sasquatch Books, 2020). This memoir is about the power of home, and the transformative act of restoring one house in particular. In this mesmerizing memoir-in-essays, Erica Bauermeister renovates a trash-filled house in eccentric Port... Read More
Casey Schwartz, “Attention: A Love Story” (Pantheon, 2020)
Combining expert storytelling with genuine self-scrutiny, Casey Schwartz details the decade she spend taking Adderall to help her pay attention (or so she thought) and then considers the role of attention in defining our lives as it has been understood by thinkers such as William James, David Foster Wallace, and... Read More
Alice C. Early, “The Moon Always Rising” (She Writes Press, 2020)
At the dawn of the new millennium, Els Gordon finds herself adrift – she’s in mourning for her fiancé and her father, she’s lost the inheritance of her Scottish Highlands estate, her mother left when she was two-years-old but it her only living relative, she’s about to be unemployed, and... Read More
Kathryn H. Ross, “Black Was Not a Label” (Pronto, 2019)
Kathryn H. Ross has found a balance. Between past and present. Between self and ancestors. Between self-discovery and continuous growth. In her hybrid collection, Black Was Not a Label, Ross invites readers into a life unfurling. Through the lenses of natural hair, faith, and microaggressions, she lights a path to... Read More