Interesting New Books — August 2016

Here are a few new releases for the month of August 2016 that have caught my eye. All of these, and many, many more new releases, can be found on my Interesting New Books — 2016 page.

Peacock & Vine by A. S. Byatt August 2. Sounds like a genre-breaking book from Byatt.

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin August 2. Seems like a pretty good cultural moment to reset the Patty Hearst story.

Bright Magic: Stories by Alfred Döblin August 9. A volume of Döblin’s stories has never appeared in English before.

The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane Aug 9. Polygamous fiction from Mozambique. How can you not?

The Frontier Within: Essays by Kobo Abe August 9. If you think Murakami’s the Japanese master of the surreal, read some Kobo Abe.

Save Twilight: Selected Poems by Julio Cortázar August 9. Cortázar is always money.

Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here by Angela Palm August 16. Graywolf does some of the best creative nonfiction in the biz.

Little Jewel by Patrick Modiano Aug 23. More Modiano, always good.

Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto Aug 23. If you’ve got a favorite living Latin American author, chances are they’ll tell you to read this book ASAP.

Against Translation: Displacement Is the New Translation by Kenneth Goldsmith Aug 23. I’ve got my doubts about this one, but I want to give it a fair shot. Though, $49 paperback isn’t gonna happen.

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