I covet books. Digital reading devices are fine, I won’t lambast them. But handling a book entails a kind of sensual pleasure that I don’t find in handling gadgets and devices. I also appreciate design: a book jacket’s texture, the density of the paper, the choice of font, negative space on the page. I like to underline and star and make notes with a real pen.
Fortunately, my love for books is reinforced, and has been made very useful, by my involvement with A Public Space magazine. Not only do I have a growing community of equally book-obsessed folks, but I have access to advance review copies of amazing new novels, poetry, short stories, and essay collections.
The following list includes one or two yet-to-be-released works. Pre-order or at least make note of their release date(s). The others you can find easily by clicking the titles. And as always, remember to support independent presses and booksellers, small publishing houses, and non-profit literary magazines and journals.
Things That Are by Amy Leach
Debt by David Graeber
The Pathseeker by Imre Kertesz
Glass, Irony & God by Anne Carson
Antigonick by Anne Carson
Exit, Civilian by Idra Novey
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
At Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World by Adam Clay
Varamo by Cesar Aira
Satantango by Laszlo Krasznahorkai
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti
Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra