Interesting New Releases: September 2016


Here are a few new releases for the month of September 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.

Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker Sep 6, 2016. Pray for the children if Nicholson Baker is their substitute teacher.

The Revolutionaries Try Again by Mauro Javier Cardenas. Sept 6. For years I’ve watched Mauro work on this book. I’m hearing great things, and I expect a lot.

The End of Imagination by Arundhati Roy Sep 6. Roy’s first book in a long time.

Jerusalem by Alan Moore September 13. 1280 pages. People have been waiting a long time for this book.

Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World by Adrian Goldsworthy. September 13. Rome is pretty damn fascinating.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead September 13. This one looks promising.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan September 13. McEwan writes about an affair from the perspective of a fetus. Sure.

Good People by Nir Baram September 13. This one has got me intrigued.

Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories by Robert Walser Sep 13. More Walser is always a good thing.

A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories by Matt Bell September 13. Stories to tide you over while you wait for Matt Bell’s next novel.

Inferno: A Poet’s Novel by Eileen Myles September 13. I always love it when poets can write good novels.

Now: The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller Sep 20. We still know so little about what time actually is.

Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School by Stuart Jeffries September 20. Frankfurt School group bio. Looks like fun!

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride Sep 20. Modernist Irish literature is alive and kicking.

Bottom’s Dream by Arno Schmidt Sept 23. You may need a load of $$$ and a vacation to read this one.

The Last Wolf and Herman by László Krasznahorkai Sept 27. A 2-in-1. The Last Wolf is this.

The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano Sep 27. It just keeps coming.

Vampire in Love by Enrique Vila-Matas Sept 27. A selection of E V-M’s short stories, at last.

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