By: Em Perper
This week, you can remarry, travel in space, and take over the kingdom with Sneak Peek Sunday. Don’t believe me? Read on, and find these books on our shelves Tuesday, May 16.
If you’re a science aficionado, the name Jeffrey Kluger may sound familiar to you. Not only has Kluger written dozens of cover stories for TIME Magazine, he’s the author of 9 books, including Lost Moon, the basis for the Apollo 13 film. His new book, Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon, blends history, science, and adventure. In August 1968, NASA announced it would send men to the moon in just 16 weeks. Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders agreed to this dangerous (and ultimately successful) mission, which riveted a nation and rejuvenated NASA’s dream of sending a man to walk the moon. It’s storytelling “so vivid that we feel ourselves riding in the hurtling rocket with the astronauts, taut with the thrill, the danger, and the cosmic meaning of the mission,” according to MIT professor and author Alan Lightman.
Blending two families is never simple, but Julia Alden didn’t think it would be quite so challenging. Her teenage daughter, Gwen, loathes Julia’s new partner, James, but feels, uh, differently about James’ teenage son, Nathan. The Awkward Age by Francesca Segal is a sympathetic yet honest portrayal of romance, reciprocation, and responsibility within the familial framework.
The Empire’s Ghost is author Isabelle Steiger’s debut and the first installment in an epic fantasy series. After the fall of the empire of Elesthene, the dictator Imperator Elgar seized power. No one in the surrounding three countries has the will or resources to stop him. But Elgar’s confidence may be his undoing, when he recruits a motley collection of street folks for a top-secret mission who prove to be more interested in shifting the balance of power than following the leader.
Large Animals by Jess Arndt is bold and surreal. The themes within Large Animals—the body, intimacy, gender, sexuality—are broad, but her stories are intimately detailed. Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts; Bluets) declared, “Large Animals…joins in with the classics of loaded, outlaw literature.” Get a taste of Arndt’s style via “Jeff” at Bomb Magazine.
Anne Tyler interpreted The Taming of the Shrew. Jeanette Winterson worked over A Winter’s Tale. Margaret Atwood retold The Tempest. New Boy by Tracy Chevalier is the latest installment in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. Chevalier presents Othello as a 1970s playground drama: Osei Kokote, the son of a diplomat, has arrived at his new school, the fifth in five years. When Osei connects with popular girl Dee, he draws the ire of Ian, a student bent on destroying their friendship. New Boy delves into timeless themes of jealously, bullying, racism and sexism, set over the course of one day in the D.C. suburbs.
Other new releases:
- The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexan Marzano-Lesnevich (memoir, true crime)
- Bad Dreams and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley (short stories)
- Being a Dad is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours by Ben Falcone (humor, memoir, parenting)
- Rise & Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick (fiction)
- Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (fiction)
- Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give by Ada Calhoun (memoir, relationships)
- On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen (memoir, health)