New Books in English
By Diane Gravell
An excellent selection of new books in English is now available at La Biblioteca! Come in, browse, and check one out for your reading pleasure.
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Olive Kitteridge, and Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson, another Pulitzer Prize winner for Orphan Master’s Son, top the list of new fiction to be found on the Recent Arrivals shelves in the English section of Biblioteca de San Miguel Allende. Other new fiction includes Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving, The Mare by Mary Gaitskill, The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley, The Mark and Void by Paul Murray, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball, Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins, and The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy.
You can also find stories set in Europe and the Middle East in the following novels: The Door by Magda Szabo; The Dictator’s Last Night, an imagining of Omar Gaddafi’s last night by Yasmina Khadra; The Automobile Club of Egypt by Alaa Al Aswany; The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch; and The Occupation Trilogy: La Place de L’Etoile, The Night Watch, Ring Roads by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Patrick Modiano.
There are recent arrivals in nonfiction, as well, that include The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue Des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino, Mexico: Sunlight & Shadows: Short Stories & Essays by Mexico Writers by Michael Hogan, et al, Quixote: The Novel and the World by Ilan Stavans, The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion by Wendy Williams, The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine by Vincent DeVita, Rise of the Robots: The Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford, and One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by Kevin M. Kruse.
In the area of history there are Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s by Francisco E. Balderrama, The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff, Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert, Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Svetlana Alexievich, Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge by Antony Beevor, and In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China by Michael Meyer.
Finally, biography and autobiography are represented by Kissinger: 1923—1968: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro, Lady Byron and Her Daughters by Julia Markus, My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, and Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern by Francine Prose.