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Spring is here and so are a bounty of new books!
This month sees the release of humorist David Sedaris’ new collection of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (Little Brown and Company). The collection is a warped travel guide delivered in the author’s much beloved sardonic voice.
From the publisher:
From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences.
Author Ali Liebegott takes the reader on a different type of road trip in her new novel Cha-Ching! (Sister Spit/City Lights):
Theo, our scruffy, big-hearted and quick-witted heroine, is not so much down on her luck as delivered luckless into a culture where the winners and losers have already been decided. Her adventures in getting over take her from SF to NYC, from dyke bars to telemarketing outfits, casinos to free clinics. With the signature poet’s voice that has won her awards and acclaim, Liebegott investigates the conjoined hearts of hope and addiction in an unforgettable story of what it means to be young and broke in America.
Viking is publishing Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk From the Middle East to the Lower East Side, a new memoir by downtown firebrand Rayya Elias.
[…] When she was seven, Rayya Elias and her family fled the political conflict in their native Syria, settling in Detroit. Bullied in school and caught between the world of her traditional family and her tough American classmates, she rebelled early.
Elias moved to New York City to become a musician and kept herself afloat with an uncommon talent for cutting hair. At the height of the punk movement, life on the Lower East Side was full of adventure, creative inspiration, and temptation. Eventually, Elias’s passionate affairs with lovers of both sexes went awry, her (more than) occasional drug use turned to addiction, and she found herself living on the streets—between her visits to jail.
This debut memoir charts four decades of a life lived in the moment, a path from harrowing loss and darkness to a place of peace and redemption.
It’s national poetry month, so celebrate this month-long lyrical “holiday” by stocking your shelves with new releases from poets Julie Marie Wade, Nicole Brossard, Jeff Mann, Tamiko Beyer, Collin Kelley, and Angelo Nikolopoulos.
As always, if we missed an author or book, or if you have a book coming out next month, please email us.