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10 Must-Read Books for August


Pitched between the beach reads of June and July and the high literary controversies of autumn, the month of August is often little more than a break in the literary calendar. But this year publishers have perked up a bit, electing to release a combination of rediscovered classics (Shirley Jackson, Lucia Berlin) — especially in short fiction — and high-quality debut novels (Alexandra Kleeman, Ottessa Moshfegh). Most importantly, this month introduces American audiences to the great Clarice Lispector, an unclassifiable genius on the level of the best writers of the 20th century.



Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings, Shirley Jackson (Deckle Edge, August 4)

Shirley Jackson’s writing — a mainstay of the American curriculum — has exerted untold influence over both genre and literary fiction for decades. This collection of new material arrives 50 years after her death and just one year shy of what would have been…

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10 Must-Read Books for April


There is no question that April brings with it many of the year’s most impressive works of fiction and nonfiction. (And don’t worry about poetry; we’ll handle it separately.) From Renata Adler to Masha Gessen, through established masters of fiction like Toni Morrison and Steven Millhauser, to undeniable new talents like Amelia Gray and Viet Thanh Nguyen, this month sprints the gamut before the industry takes a short and probably literal nap.

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