<em>Men Explain Things to Me</em> by Rebecca Solnit
Haymarket Books, $11.95, available now.
In her stirring essay collection, Rebecca Solnit addresses communication issues between men and women, the mystery of Virginia Woolf, domestic violence and more—all in an immensely readable style that gracefully fluctuates between comic and scathing.
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<em>If the Tabloids Are True, What Are You?</em> by Matthea Harvey
Graywolf, $25.00, Aug 19.
Comprised of prose poems, photographs and haunting silhouettes, Harvey’s latest is an engrossing hybrid that highlights the poet’s quirky sensibilities. She begins with nine poems about mermaids, and from there builds a unique collection populated by martians and Ray Bradbury.
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<em>2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas</em> by Marie-Helene Bertino
Crown, $25.00, Aug 5.
Meet the delightful Madeleine Altimari, a nine-year-old aspiring jazz singer who plans to make her stage debut at the club The Cat’s Pajamas. She, her teacher and the nightclub’s owner star in Bertino’s novel, and their overlapping story has it all: heart, humor and a guy named Mongoose.
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<em>Everything I Never Told You</em> by Celeste Ng
Penguin Press, $26.95, available now.
Ng’s tender debut presents a portrait of the Lees, a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and mourning their sixteen-year-old daughter. The novel touches on the myriad paths grief may take, the secrets everyone keeps and how much a tragedy can affect relationships in a family.
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