By: Em Perper

Hi, lit pals. After last week’s smorgasbord, I needed to take a breather and return to our regularly scheduled program, just three featured books. Let’s get started!

No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine by Rachel Pearson is a working-class Texan’s firsthand experience working in a free clinic, observing the injustices inherent in the United States’ medical system. Pearson wrestles with advocating for her patients versus perpetuating violence on the poor through her chosen profession. You can read the essay that precipitated Pearson’s memoir at the Texas Observer.

Woman No. 17 is a noir-ish novel by Edan Lepucki, the author of California. Lady Daniels, a wealthy wife, writer, and mother, needs a break if she’s ever going to balance her creative work with motherhood. She hires the mysterious S to care for her two children—one, a young toddler, the other, a teenage boy. S becomes Lady’s confidante and trusted assistant, but S’s relationship with teenager Seth takes a strange turn, threatening the entire family’s stability.

The year is 1919, and Captain Sam Wyndham, formerly of Scotland Yard, has arrived in Calcutta. A British official lies murdered in the sewer, and the note in his mouth warns the British to abandon their stakes in India—or else. With the assistance of Inspector Digby and Seargeant Banerjee, Wyndham begins an investigation that will take him from the finest mansions to the deepest opium dens. A Rising Man marks Abir Mukherjee’s debut and the beginning of a mystery series fraught with international intrigue.

Other new releases:

  • The United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories from American History by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds (history)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by  Gail Honeyman (romance)
  • D’Arc by Robert Repino (fantasy)
  • Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker (historical fiction)
  • House of Names by Colm Toibin (fiction)
  • Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan (fiction)
  • The New York Times: Footsteps: From Ferrante’s Naples to Hammett’s San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World (travelogue)
  • Mother Land by Paul Theroux (fiction)
  • The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang (memoir)
  • Some Rise By Sin by Philip Caputo (fiction)
  • Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David J. Garrow (biography)
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane (thriller)
  • Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor (fiction)