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10 Must-Read New Books Out This Week

Including new titles from K-Ming Chang, Becky Chambers, and Carmen Rita Wong.

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Readers of literary fiction have a lot to look forward to this week.

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When a prank goes horribly wrong, a visiting professor at Wrynn College of Art must rebuild his career from the ashes, and three of his most talented students — one of whom orchestrated the prank — will be forced to do the same.
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Leah’s last research trip went sideways, leaving a group of oceanographers trapped at the bottom of the sea. Luckily, Leah got home safe and sound — but her wife can’t shake the feeling that something’s changed.
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The monk and robot at the heart of 2021’s A Psalm for the Wild-Built return this week in A Prayer for the Crown-Shy. The sequel picks up with Sibling Dex and Mosscap as they journey into urban areas, hoping to answer one deeply philosophical question: What do people need?
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This week, author K-Ming Chang returns to bookstores with Gods of Want, an uncanny short story collection that will delight fans of her 2020 novel, Bestiary.
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When good-girl Maya gets in big trouble at summer camp, she’s forced to find a way to repay a massive debt before her parents find out about it. Enter Fierce: a fashion magazine looking for a paid intern. They love Maya, but what will they do when they find out she’s only 16?
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T. Kingfisher’s retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher follows Alex as they visit some old friends at a palatial home in Ruritania. There, Alex finds that Madeline Usher is dying, and her brother, Roderick, is afflicted. Can Alex save them before it’s too late?
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Island Queen author Vanessa Riley returns to stores this week with Sister Mother Warrior, a sweeping narrative about two women, Gran Toya and Marie-Claire, who helped give birth to the Haitian Revolution.
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A coming-of-age story awash in ’90s nostalgia, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s Big Girl centers on Malaya, a young Black girl who faces both racism and fatphobia at her majority-white prep school.
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In 1977, Faun drops out of college and hits the road for California, where her old childhood friend initiates her into the wild world of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.
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Carmen Rita Wong’s beloved stepfather made a late-in-life confession that he, not her mother’s first husband, was her biological father — but when she looked into her ancestry, she discovered that wasn’t related to either man. In her new memoir, the writer tells her story.
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