New Books Network

Madeline Miller, “Circe” (Little, Brown and Company, 2018)
Circe is an immortal naiad, the daughter of the Sun God, Helios. Ignored or belittled by her divine kin because of her human-sounding voice, dull-colored hair, and quiet manner, she turns to her little brother for company, and then eventually, meets a human man who seems to offer her adoration.... Read More
Andrea Miller, “The Day The Buddha Woke Up” (Wisdom Publications, 2018)
Andrea Miller is the deputy editor of Lion’s Roar magazine (formerly the Shambhala Sun)  and the author of two picture books: The Day the Buddha Woke Up and My First Book of Canadian Birds. She’s also the editor of three anthologies, most recently All the Rage: Buddhist Wisdom on Anger... Read More
Liza Perrat, “The Swooping Magpie” (Triskele Books, 2019)
Lindsay Townsend is doing well at her high school in Wollongong, Australia. She’s pretty and popular and smart enough that she can spend as much time at the beach as she does hunched over her books. Only she knows that the confident self she projects to her friends and fellow... Read More
LaTanya McQueen, “And It Begins Like This” (Black Lawrence Press, 2018)
Today, I spoke with LaTanya McQueen, whose new collection of essays reckons with intriguing and timely questions about history, race, family, place, and self. It’s called And It Begins Like This (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), and I immediately found myself asking, “What’s it? What’s this?” Not until over halfway through the... Read More
Rosellen Brown, “The Lake on Fire” (Sarabande Books, 2018)
Against the backdrop of a gritty 1890’s Chicago teeming with labor problems, filthy sweatshops, and putrid stockyards, two young immigrants struggle to survive. Chaya and her brilliant younger brother Asher escape the tedium of the Wisconsin farm to which their parents had emigrated from Eastern Europe. Guided by a kind,... Read More
C.P. Lesley, “Song of the Siren” (Five Directions Press, 2019)
Since being sold into slavery as a child and working her way up to becoming concubine and mistress for several different men, Lady Juliana’s survival has depended on her allure. Then her place in the world is shattered by a debilitating illness and she is spurned by the entire Polish... Read More
Matthew Binder, “The Absolved” (Black Spot Books, 2018)
Henri is a middle-aged doctor, one of the few employed people left in the U.S, though the reader suspects his job might be in danger. The hospital administrator, Serena, keeps reducing staff. A large sector of the population, the Absolved are freed from doing any work and receive a guaranteed... Read More