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HITTING SHELVES #39: IQ by Joe Ide

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IQ by Joe Ide comes out today!

It’s the debut novel by Joe Ide, a Japanese American who grew up in South Central LA reading Sherlock Holmes stories. His protagonist is a high-school dropout who solves cases the police won’t touch. This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. IQ is witty, fresh, and profoundly entertaining.

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HITTING SHELVES #38: The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

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The Mortifications by Derek Palacio comes out today!

It’s a debut novel about a rural Cuban family that gets torn apart by the Mariel boatlift in 1980. Soledad and her children–one of whom has a strange connection with death–settle in a foreign land called Connecticut, while patriarch Uxbal stays behind in Cuba until the Encarnacións can reunite. The Mortifications is a dreamily beautiful and painfully real story about families in exile.

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HITTING SHELVES #37: Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

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Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein comes out today!

It’s debut collection of slightly speculative fiction that shows, with uncanny precision, what might be in store for our society in the coming years. Alexander Weinstein’s visions–of social media implants, robots adopted as as children, and virtual worlds that surpass the real one–are creepy, exciting, and always grounded in the familiar humanity of the characters who experience them.

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HITTING SHELVES #36: The Gentleman by Forrest Leo

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The Gentleman by Forrest Leo comes out today!

It’s exactly the type of novel you would expect from a debut writer like Forrest Leo, who was born in 1990 and raised on a homestead in remote Alaska… if what you expected was a picaresque romp through Victorian England with a guest appearance from Satan. (He is the “gentleman” of the title.) It seems that Lionel Savage, a poet in London, has accidentally sold his wife’s soul to the devil. And now, with the help of his butler and a supporting cast of equally ineffectual intellectuals, he means to get her back. The Gentleman is properly batty–like Jeeves and Wooster with deadly weapons and supernatural powers. You’ve never read anything quite like it.

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HITTING SHELVES #35: Lions by Bonnie Nadzam

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Lions by Bonnie Nadzam comes out today!

It’s the story of a “living ghost town” in the high plans of Colorado, where the members of the Walker family face a choice between sticking it out while their town crumbles or striking out for something better. Nadzam wrote the acclaimed novel Lamb and co-authored the inventive short story collection Love in the Anthropocene. With Lions, she has written a clear-eyed and beautiful exploration of family loyalty and shattered dreams.

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HITTING SHELVES #34: Will & I by Clay Byars

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Will & I comes out today!

It’s a memoir by Clay Byars, who endured a near-fatal car crash and a massive stroke at age eighteen. Doctors said he would be paralyzed for life from the eyes down. As Clay struggles to recover—to literally regain his voice—his twin brother, Will, gets married and raises a family, while his former love interest moves on. Will & I is a fearsomely honest memoir about frustration, resilience, and the construction of personal dignity.

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