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Publishing This Week

This week brings a modest haul of books in keeping with it being Thanksgiving week and the general slow down of the publishing world in the lead up to the holidays.


Davina Morgan-Witts, Editor

This Week's New and Notable Books
There are too many books published each week for you to read about them all, let alone read them all. So we do the legwork for you, scouring the publishers' catalogs and the pre-publication reviews to pick out what we believe to be among the best and most interesting. For more about our process, click the two right hand links below.
The Thirty Names of Night
by Zeyn Joukhadar

On sale Nov 24 from Atria Books
Genre: Novels. 304 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
Members' Rating: 3.9/5
The author of the "vivid and urgent…important and timely" (The New York Times Book Review) debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with this remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts.

The Last Days of Ellis Island
by Gaëlle Josse

Debut Author
On sale Nov 24 from World Editions
Genre: Historical Fiction. 208 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
New York, November 3, 1954. In a few days, the immigration inspection station on Ellis Island will close its doors forever.

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Carving Out a Humanity: Race, Rights, and Redemption
by Vincent Southerland, Janet Dewart Bell

On sale Nov 24 from The New Press
Genre: Short Stories/Essays. 368 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
The preeminent civil rights attorneys and scholars of the past quarter-century weigh in on some of the most controversial aspects of race and the law, published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the prestigious Derrick Bell Lecture Series.

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A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War
by William G. Thomas III

Debut Author
On sale Nov 24 from Yale University Press
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 432 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
The story of the longest and most complex legal challenge to slavery in American history.

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The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams
by David S. Brown

On sale Nov 24 from Scribner
Genre: History, Science & Current Affairs. 464 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
A revelatory biography of literary icon Henry Adams - one of America's most prominent writers and intellectuals of his era, who witnessed and contributed to America's dramatic transition from "colonial" to "modern."

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Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places
by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, Dan Richards

On sale Nov 24 from W.W. Norton & Company
Genre: Travel & Adventure. 144 pages
Critics' Opinion: 5/5
A hauntingly beautiful diptych of works inspired by Robert Macfarlane's travels with celebrated collaborators to two eerie corners of England.

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