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One More Thing: Stories and other Stories (Knopf, hardcover, $25)By B.J. NovakB.J. Novak, better known as Ryan the Temp from NBC’s The Office, releases his first collection of short fiction, with reviewers drawing comparisons to George Saunders, Woody Allen and Steve Martin.Out: February 4
The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years after the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember(Algonquin Books, paperback, $16)By Penelope RowlandsThis anthology, assembled by one-time California resident and author Penelope Rowlands, chronicles the cultural upheaval and hysteria that followed the 1964 arrival of the most iconic band of the 20th century. (Rowlands herself was entirely swept up by The Beatles in her youth.) Contributors include writer Gay Talese, musician Renée Fleming, and many others.Out: February 4
The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America(Penguin Press HC, hardcover, $28)By Amy Chua and Jed RubenfeldArmed with daring and statistics, Yale Law School professors Chua and Rubenfeld tackle the contentious observation that certain cultural groups perform better than others. Their findings, however, dispel simplistic notions of racial stereotypes.Out: February 4
I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25)By Su MeckBest to have a box of tissues on standby for this one. Su Meck, who has previously written for The New York Times Magazine, was in her early twenties—married with two children—when a ceiling fan fell on her head, erasing all of her memories. Though her body didn’t receive permanent injury, her mind was nearly wiped clean. I Forgot to Remember documents Meck’s twenty-year struggle to reassemble her life. Out: February 4
Strange Bodies: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $26)By Marcel TherouxNational Book Award finalist Marcel Theroux releases his fourth novel, a surreal story of deception surrounding a psychiatric patient who insists he is Dr. Nicholas Slopen. The kicker: Dr. Slopen has been dead for months. Strange Bodies will keep readers on the edge of their seats—and their wits. Out: February 4
An Unnecessary Woman (Grove Press, hardcover, $25)By Rabih Alameddine The follow-up effort to Alameddine’s international bestseller The Hakawati introduces readers to Aaliya Saleh, a seventy-two-year-old woman who lives in an apartment in Beirut, utterly alone save for her surplus of books. An Unnecessary Woman brings together observations on literature, philosophy and art by one of the Middle East’s highly acclaimed literary stars.Out: February 4
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