10 Must-Read New Books Out This Week

Including new titles from Rebecca Roanhorse, Abby Jimenez, and Nicola Griffith.

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Fans of speculative fiction will find a lot to love in this week’s list of new releases.

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In her debut memoir, essayist Chloe Caldwell delves into her own experience with PMDD, explores how people with periods think about their menstrual cycles, and explains how periods have been needlessly medicalized and pathologized.
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When her best friend decides to move to Paris, Bertie plans a trip to France as one final hurrah for their friendship. But after the two are caught in a weird time loop inside the Louvre, Bertie must muster her wits alone to save them both.
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Domestic restlessness in midcentury Copenhagen connects the stories in this newly-translated collection from Tove Ditlevsen, the author of The Copenhagen Trilogy.
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A queer, gender-bent retelling of the Arthurian Percival legend, Nicola Griffith’s Spear follows Peretur, a young woman who disguises herself as a man, becomes a knight, and goes on a quest for the Holy Grail.
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Six years ago, Evelyn summoned a ghost to acquit her father of a triple homicide. Now, she’s done it again, and with disastrous results. Desperate, Evelyn enlists the help of an old friend — a friend whose family has made a business out of dealing with ghosts.
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In this heartfelt new romance, an ER doctor has a busy life to get back to in the big city, but she can’t seem to pull herself away from an easy-going — and much younger! — carpenter and his small-town life.
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Janelle Monáe assembled an all-star list of speculative fiction writers, including Sheree Renée Thomas, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Eve L. Ewing, to collaborate on stories for this collection — a compendium of tales revolving around the world Monáe built in her album, Dirty Computer.
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Picking up where Black Sun left off, the second installment in Rebecca Roanhorse’s Between Earth and Sky series finds two people wrestling with their new lives as the living avatars of ancient gods.
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Chinese author Shuang Xuetao’s English-language debut contains three novellas about everyday life — and everyday magic — in the gritty metropolis of Shenyang.
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Part memoir, part microhistory, novelist Danyel Smith’s new nonfiction book uncovers the oft-overlooked story of how Black women built American pop music.
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