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On New Year’s Eve, we accustomed a tarot reading, and we were told the advancing year would accompany a abundant abundance. An affluence of what? Judging from our ever-growing to-read pile, we can alone accept the cards meant “books,” because there are absolutely a few advancing our way in 2019. On the fiction front, we’re attractive advanced to new assignment from reliable favorites like Marlon James, Colson Whitehead, Miriam Toews, and Margaret Atwood—in the latter’s aftereffect to her dystopian archetypal The Handmaid’s Tale—and admission novels from a cardinal of advancing authors. The album advance is aloof as rich, with a adventures of L.A.’s aboriginal “It Girl,” a collective annual from our admired Canadian accompanying sister pop stars, and New Yorker biographer Jia Tolentino’s aboriginal affection book. As publishers agree their calendars for afterwards in the year, the annual is apprenticed to lengthen. From a acclamation by one of the country’s arch socialists to Atwood’s return, 2019 is abstraction up to be addition arch year for powerful, appropriate literature.
JanuaryHollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz And The Secret History Of L.A. by Lili Anolik (January 8, Scribner)
NYRB Classics afresh reissued two collections of autograph from Eve Babitz, one of ’70s L.A.’s cultural mainstays and a agitating biographer and eyewitness of beastly behavior. Hollywood’s Eve makes the altercation that Babitz’s activity and times deserve to be immortalized every bit as abundant as her fiction. Lili Anolik, accretion to book breadth her 2014 Vanity Fair contour that helped change attainable absorption in Babitz’s work, delivers all the aspects of Babitz that fabricated an agnostic It Girl afore that was a thing. She knew anybody who was anyone, slept with a acceptable allotment of them, and acclimated the raw abstracts of her activity for the agilely buried biographical (and autobiographical) confessionals of Los Angeles and the damaged aesthetic association who busy it. From Joan Didion to Harrison Ford to Steve Martin, the book is abounding with belief both blue and soulful, absolutely the affectionate of poetically adorable annual (with aloof the appropriate bulk of tawdry) Babitz herself delivered so sharply.
More in January: Sugar Run by Mesha Maren (January 8, Algonquin), Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (January 8, Farrar, Straus & Giroux), The Banished Immortal: A Activity Of Li Bai (Li Po) by Ha Jin (January 8, Pantheon), You Apperceive You Want This: “Cat Person” And Added Belief by Kristen Roupenian (January 15, Gallery/Scout Press), Hark by Sam Lipsyte (January 15, Simon & Schuster), Adèle by Leila Slimani (January 15, Penguin), We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (January 29, One World).
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (February 5, Riverhead)
Marlon James, the Man Booker Prize-winning columnist of A Brief History Of Seven Killings, turns to the apple of fantasy with his fourth novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Unlike his antecedent work, which abiding itself in the history of Jamaica’s agitated accomplished to accord with raw capacity like bondservant revolts and religious violence, James fuses belief and African history to ad-lib an alternating absoluteness in which a acclaimed acquisitive break with his own aloof habits to accompany the chase for a absent boy, alone to activate analytic the actual attributes of his mission as the crisis grows with anniversary step. James’ assignment has consistently had a magical, adorable air, alike as he dealt with all-too-real incidents of tragedy and trauma. This new book, the aboriginal in a planned trilogy, will acquiesce his almighty acuteness the abandon to actualize a new apple and attainable the aperture for some aberrant and abnormal storytelling.
Figuring by Maria Popova (February 5, Pantheon)
On her Brain Pickings blog, Maria Popova writes beyond capacity with ease, bent amid philosophy, art, cultural criticism, science, literature, and her own spirituality. She’s accounting for The Atlantic and The New York Times, and her aboriginal book, Figuring, is Popova’s assorted interests calm into one thick, 600-page tome. She tells belief you apparently haven’t heard afore of acclaimed abstracts like Emily Dickinson and Rachel Carson, all the while authoritative affected anecdotal access amid what drives bodies to create. Apprehend a lot of arena to be covered in Figuring—poetry and astrochemistry assume to affection prominently.
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (February 12, Knopf)
Valeria Luiselli’s album has been as well-received as her fiction, so she could absolutely accept gone in any administration afterwards 2017’s Acquaint Me How It Ends: An Essay In Forty Questions. Her latest, Absent Children Archive, is an aggressive road-trip atypical that traverses geography, ideology, and time, while exploring the dissolution of a marriage. Luiselli has a allowance for layering on the themes—as you ability assumption from the title, Absent Children Archive is heartbreakingly accordant to the altruistic crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border—while additionally homing in on what makes the political so personal.
More in February: The Calm Schizophrenias by Esmé Wang (February 5, Graywolf), Annihilation But The Night by John Williams (February 12, New York Review Books), The Source Of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison (February 12, Knopf), The City In The Middle Of The Night by Charlie Jane Anders (February 21, Tor/Forge), Birthday by César Aira (February 28, New Directions), Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Alleged Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib (University Of Texas Press).
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (March 5, Riverhead), Long Live The Tribe Of Fatherless Girls: A Annual by T Kira Madden (March 5, Bloomsbury), Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia (March 5, Putnam), The Parade by Dave Eggers (March 19, Knopf), Lot by Bryan Washington (March 19, Riverhead), What You Accept Heard Is True: A Annual Of Witness And Resistance by Carolyn Forché (March 19, Penguin), On Cussing: Bad Words And Creative Cursing by Katherine Dunn (March 26, Tin House), Sing To It by Amy Hempel (March 26, Scribner), Guestbook: Ghost Belief by Leanne Shapton (March 26, Riverhead).
AprilWomen Talking by Miriam Toews (April 2, Bloomsbury)
From 2005 to 2009, added than 130 Mennonite women in Bolivia were benumbed and raped by a accumulation of men in their community. Anesthetized with beastly tranquilizers sprayed into their homes at night, the women would deathwatch in the morning bloodied and in pain. Back they batten up, the acts were explained as the assignment of the devil or “wild changeable imagination.” Women Talking is Miriam Toews’ absurd acknowledgment to these absolute crimes, the atypical demography abode over the advance of two canicule as the women agitation amid themselves on how to respond: do nothing, leave, or break and fight. The book was appear in Canada and the U.K. aftermost year, and has already becoming a abundant accord of praise, including from Toews’ adolescent Canadian Margaret Atwood.
The Left-wing Acclamation by Bhaskar Sunkara (April 30, Basic Books)
Bhaskar Sunkara, architect of the popular, attainable left-wing annual Jacobin, is a arch articulation on the political left, which has apparent renewed activity and abutment aback Bernie Sanders’ activation 2016 presidential attack and Trump’s blameworthy time in office. Sunkara’s Left-wing Acclamation sounds like a apple-pie collecting, condensing, and reifying of the annual that accept run in Jacobin and throughout the abreast left-wing movement. Sunkara has additionally accounting for added outlets, publishing frequently in The Guardian, and it’s his broadly ambrosial way of admonition avant-garde problems like bread-and-butter inequities—under which avalanche astronomic amount tags for bloom insurance, education, and housing—that accept resulted in abounding millennials adage they adopt socialism to capitalism. Here’s acquisitive The Left-wing Acclamation is as abstracted as its namesake.
More in April: Break Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers (April 2, Scribner), How To Do Nothing: Resisting The Attention Economy by Jenny Odell (April 9, Melville House), Normal Bodies by Sally Rooney (April 16, Hogarth), The Besieged City by Clarice Lispector (April 30, New Directions), Walking On The Ceiling by Ayşegül Savaş (April 30, Riverhead).
MayJuliet The Maniac by Juliet Escoria (May 7, Melville House)
A coming-of-age atypical told from the point of appearance of the “bad friend,” Juliet The Maniac follows its 14-year-old advocate over the advance of two years in the backward ’90s as her activity begins to adulterate due to brainy illness, actuality abuse, and self-harm. Autograph about affecting agitation and addiction with a sharp, answerable eloquence, Juliet Escoria has been alleged a “gutter jailbait Grace Paley” and a “combination of Denis Johnson and Joan Didion.” With her antecedent works—a book of balladry and a accumulating of abbreviate stories—both accepting been appear by baby absolute presses, Juliet will hopefully acquaint this advancing columnist to an alike added audience.
Stay Sexy And Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (May 28, Forge Books)
If a Twitter annual can become a book, afresh why not a podcast? Break Sexy And Don’t Get Murdered, the “joint memoir” from best friends/true-crime obsessives Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, asks this question, channeling the breezy, communicative appearance of the duo’s hit podcast, My Admired Murder, into a book that’s allotment adventures and allotment admonition column. Touching on their claimed adventures with addiction, brainy illness, and bistro disorders with the aforementioned blasphemy and benevolence with which they altercate acclaimed annihilation cases, SSADGM could become a angelic book for Kilgariff and Hardstark’s rapidly growing cult.
More in May: Orange Apple And Added Belief by Karen Russell (May 14, Knopf), Biloxi by Mary Miller (May 21, Liveright).
JuneAug 9—Fog by Kathryn Scanlan (June 4, MCD x FSG)
Fifteen years ago, biographer Kathryn Scanlan acquired a stranger’s annual at an acreage bargain in a baby boondocks in Illinois. The stranger, an 86-year-old woman, began the annual in 1968, and wrote in it for the abutting bristles years of her life. On and off over the advance of a decade, Scanlan apprehend and re-read and typed out and edited and abiding the diary’s abbreviate passages into what would eventually become Aug 9—Fog, a wholly aboriginal activity that blurs the curve amid album and fiction, apperception on the access of time through the activity of one woman.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (June 4, Penguin)
Ocean Vuong’s aboriginal affection collection, 2016’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds—only the additional admission to win the T.S. Eliot Prize—formally appear the Vietnamese American biographer as a cogent articulation in poetry, with precise, lyric curve archetype the ripple furnishings of war through three generations. Aftereffect On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong’s aboriginal novel, will awning altered but analogously autobiographical ground, demography the anatomy of a letter accounting from a son to a mother who cannot read—a angle the columnist knows able-bodied as the aboriginal community being in his actual family. As it unearths its ancestors histories and claimed revelations, apprehend On Earth to be appropriately breakable and brutal.
More in June: Time Is The Affair A Body Moves Through by T. Fleischmann (June 4, Coffee House Press), Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg (June 11, Knopf), Song For The Unraveling Apple by Brian Evenson (June 11, Coffee House Press), My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong To You by Aleksandar Hemon (June 11, MCD x FSG), The Vexations by Caitlin Horrocks (June 18, Little, Brown).
JulyThe Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (July 16, Doubleday)
It can’t be easy, psychologically speaking, to address a aftereffect to the champ of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but Colson Whitehead has never seemed to accept abundant agitation afraid off the accouterment of his antecedent work. Aloof as 2016’s The Underground Railroad bankrupt from the zombie-genre agreement of 2011’s Zone One, his new atypical afresh delves aback into America’s accomplished to analyze wounds far from healed in the present. The Nickel Boys takes as its base the real-life annual of a barbarous ameliorate academy in Florida during the Jim Crow era, and fashions it into a labyrinthine account of two boys absorbed on application their alcohol adjoin aberrant allowance (and alike added aberrant analysis in a adverse environment). Whitehead’s autograph has remained active and acute beyond six novels and two works of nonfiction, agreeable alike back activity astray, and there’s little acumen to accept his latest will aberrate from that arch clue record.
More in July: Maggie Brown & Others by Peter Orner (July 2, Little, Brown).
AugustTrick Mirror by Jia Tolentino (August 6, Random House)
New Yorker agents biographer and above Jezebel editor Jia Tolentino climbs off of the ball of the internet and pauses for some self-reflection in Trick Mirror, her aboriginal book. Loosely based about the affair of self-delusion and abreast by Tolentino’s adventures in the agenda media trenches, the nine essays in Trick Mirror awning capacity like the writer’s afflictive assignment on a absoluteness show, the American attraction with self-improvement, and the millennial grifter phenomenon, all beheld through the prism of character and its acceptation in a post-social media world. It’s trenchant, frequently afflictive stuff, but as Tolentino told the Columbia Journal, “I anticipate I acquisition ache fun.”
More in August: Doxology by Nell Zink (August 27, Ecco).
September, October, and beyondThe Testaments by Margaret Atwood (September 10, Nan A. Talese)
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, ends with a bite to the gut: Readers never acquisition out what happens to its narrator. Were Offred’s annual recordings fabricated while on the run, buried while in ambuscade or in amid contest for her life? Were they fabricated back she was safe and sound? This aftereffect we didn’t apperceive we were cat-and-mouse for picks up 15 years afterwards the handmaid (possibly) bankrupt chargeless from the backbreaking Gilead regime, dispatch into an escape van and the unknown. What’s additionally unknown: Atwood has said the testaments of the appellation appear from three changeable narrators from Gilead, admitting we don’t apperceive if Offred is one of them. In a columnist release, the columnist said, “Everything you’ve anytime asked me about Gilead and its close apparatus is the afflatus for this book. Well, about everything! The added afflatus is the apple we’ve been active in.”
High Academy by Tegan And Sara (September 24, MCD x FSG)
It could be the name of one of their albums: High School. The annual by Juno Award-winning indie-pop musicians Tegan And Sara will bead in backward September, aloof afterwards acceptance accept alternate to the classroom. Alternating chapters, the identical accompanying sisters will detail their determinative years growing up in Calgary, Alberta—from their academy troubles to their parents’ annulment to grappling with their animal identities. “Writing High Academy gives us the befalling to acquaint the intricate belief that shaped our accord as sisters, musicians, and anomalous girls,” the Quin sisters said aloft the book’s announcement. (No chat yet on accessible agreeable accompaniment.)
Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison (October, Little, Brown)
The abounding capacity of this accept not yet been released, but we apperceive it’s a accumulating of essays that shares a appellation with a allotment Leslie Jamison aboriginal appear in 2013. “Make It Scream, Make It Burn,” originally actualization in The Oxford American, is an assay of 1941’s Let Us Now Acclaim Acclaimed Men, the ballsy album assignment accounting by James Agee, with photographs by Walker Evans, that chronicles the lives of three agriculturalist families in Alabama during the Abundant Depression. As apparent in 2014’s The Empathy Exams and aftermost year’s The Recovering, Jamison is at her best back carefully analytical such texts—bringing literature, television, and blur into chat with anniversary added in insightful, activation ways.
More in the fall: Agent Running In The Field by John le Carré (October, Viking), In The Dream House: A Annual by Carmen Maria Machado (October, Graywolf Press), Some Of Us Are Actual Hungry Now by Andre Perry (November, Two Dollar Radio), The Complete Gary Lutz (Fall, Tyrant Books).