New Books Network

jayy dodd, “The Black Condition Ft. Narcissus” (Nightboat Books, 2019)
If the prompt is “respond to a myth of Narcissus using thoughtful, meditative poems,” then jayy dodd gave us a beautiful answer. In The Black Condition Ft. Narcissus (Nightboat Books, 2019),  jayy dodd offers her own brilliant reflections on so many things: the contemporary moment, dystopia, her transition, and more.... Read More
C. W. Gortner, “The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna” (Ballentine Books, 2018)
101 years have passed since the murder of the Imperial Family of Russia at Yekaterinburg, but their appeal has not diminished.  Indeed, interest in the Romanovs is at a historic high as television and the Internet age enables ever more devotees to discover the sepia-tinged appeal of Tsar Nicholas II... Read More
Kate Harris, “Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road” (Dey Street Books, 2019)
Kate Harris — writer, scientist, and extreme cyclist – talks about the trip she made with her friend Mel, tracing Marco Polo’s route across Central Asia and Tibet. The journey is the subject of Harris’s book, Lands of Lost Borders: a Journey on the Silk Road (Dey Street Books, 2019).... Read More
Sophia Shalmiyev, “Mother Winter: A Memoir” (Simon and Schuster, 2019)
The story of where we come from is such an important aspect of our personal sense of self, the forefront of many conversations about national identity, community, and belonging. In a country like the United States, where so many of us are or are descended from immigrants, the answer to... Read More
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