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Recent Arrivals in Fiction

By Diane Gravell

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple, The Life-Writer by David Constantine, All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan, and They May Not Mean To But They Do by Cathleen Schine lead the list of fiction books added to the English section of the Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende so far this year.

The list continues with Here Comes the Sun by Jamaican-born novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn, No One Will See Me Cry by Mexican author Cristina Rivera-Garza, Reputations by Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Women in Silk by Gail Tsukiyama, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord by Louis de Bernières (author of Corelli’s Mandolin,) Agnes by Swiss writer Peter Stamm, Umami, a story from the heart of Mexico City, by Laia Jufresa, My Father’s Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain, a novel about the buried secrets of an Argentine family, by Patricio Pron, The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma, described as a witty portrait of modern India, by Ratika Kapur, In the Country: Stories, vivid stories of the Filipino diaspora by Mia Alvar, and These Are the Names, a tale from modern Eastern Europe, by Tommy Wieringa.

Also to be found among the new fiction books: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali by Randa Jarrar, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan, Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont, What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell, and Grace by Natashia Deon.

Historical fiction includes War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertsman, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, Judas by Amos Oz, The Golden Age by Joan London, Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud, Maud’s Line by Margaret Verble, The Maid’s Version by author of Winter’s Bone Daniel Woodrell, The Mountain Shadow, sequel to Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts, Eyes: Novellas and Stories by William H. Gass, and Dawn Powell Novels, 1944–1962, two volumes of the best of Powell’s quirky, moving fiction.

There are new mysteries and thrillers, too. They are The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths, The Trespasser by Tana French, The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian, The Seventh Plague by James Rollins, Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner, The Invisibility Cloak by Ge Fei, Home by Harlan Coben, Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths, A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen Mystery by Michael Dibdin, and The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do by Daniel Woodrell.

Finally, you can find three new books of poetry and four classics: Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Adam Bede by George Eliot, Persuasion by Jane Austin, Mary Barton by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Look: Poems by Solmaz Sharif, Slant Six by Erin Belieu, and You Are Here: Poems New & Old by Leon Stokesbury.


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Recent Arrivals in Nonfiction

By Diane Gravell

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance, White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg, and What is Populism by Jan-Werner Muller are among the new nonfiction works added to the English section of the Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende so far this year. Also, you can find Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War by Joe Bageant, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi, and Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer.

More nonfiction in the areas of history and travel includes The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston, A Nation without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910 by Steven Hahn, A History of Female Friendship by Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown, A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road by James Oseland, et. al., A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank by Nir Baram, On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor, and Voyager: Travel Writings by Russell Banks.

Science writing gives us One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw by Witold Rybczynski, I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong, Spooky Action at a Distance: The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Time—And What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang and Theories of Everything by George Musser, and Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space by Janna Levin.

A great number of the new books are biography and autobiography. They are Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan, Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, Custer’s Trials: A Life of the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles, Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn, Genghis Khan and the Quest for God by Jack Weatherford, Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas de Quincey by Frances Wilson, Hitler Ascent, 1889-1939 by Volker Ullrich, In Other Words, reflections on the author’s experiences learning a new language and living abroad, by Jhumpa Lahiri, A Stranger in My Own Country: The 1944 Prison Diary by Hans Fallada, The Undoing Project, how a theory of the mind altered our perception of reality, by Michael Lewis, Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation by James Stourton, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin, and The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf.

Finally, we have new acquisitions about books and writing: Redeeming the Kamasutra by Wendy Doniger, Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey by Elena Ferrante, and Words Are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books, 2000–2016 by Ursula Le Guin.


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