Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

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Over the course of her career, Leslie Jamison has proven her voice to be a vital one in our contemporary landscape, and her new collection of essays, Make It Scream, Make It Burn, (Little, Brown, $28) is no exception. Admirers of Jamison’s past work in The Empathy Exams will be delighted to see her turn her critical eye to a new host of topics. In this collection, Jamison’s subjects range from the online game Second Life, to airport layovers, to a very, very lonely whale—but no matter the subject, she always circles back to the human condition. Jamison handles each of her subjects with care and understanding in Make It Scream, Make it Burn; this is an essay collection that never seeks to place judgments on the strange and surreal, but rather to examine them as necessary parts of our culture.

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ISBN: 9780316259637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 24th, 2019

Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

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Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s debut story collection, Sabrina and Corina (One World, $26), is a call to reconsider everything you know about the genre of the American Western. These stories dispel the myth of the West as the domain of cowboys and show us the women who have been indigenous to this landscape for centuries. Fajardo-Anstine’s writing is equal parts raw and graceful; while her characters navigate through dangers and uncertainties, she handles all of them with dignity and compassion. The eleven stories in this collection touch on the subjects of heritage, family, and poverty—in spite of hardships endured, the stories always return to a place of hopefulness. A Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, Sabrina and Corina is a soon-to-be-classic and a necessary addition to any bookshelf.

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ISBN: 9780525511298
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Published: One World - April 2nd, 2019

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

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Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise (Holt, $27) is a novel that ideally requires a clear schedule and a close friend to read along with—it demands your time and attention, and absolutely deserves it. Trust Exercise, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, follows a group of students at a competitive performing arts high school as they move from adolescence to adulthood. There are rivalries, complicated power dynamics, questionable teaching ethics, teenage lust, and a particularly unruly group of British actors. It feels appropriate that the novel is split into two halves, as the overall story is primarily concerned with dualities: on-stage versus off-stage personas, exterior versus interior lives, artifice versus vulnerability. But Choi deftly takes apart those dualities and the result is an incredibly satisfying reading experience, filled with turns and reexaminations. Trust Exercise is a singular book from a master storyteller.

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ISBN: 9781250309884
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 9th, 2019