Literairyland Weekly: Aug. 22-28, 2023

This week's new books and writer birthdays

This Week’s New Books



  • Dead Mountain by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Amazon | Bookshop)



Science Fiction

  • Five Years After: A John Matherson Novel by William R. Forstchen (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • He Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-Chan (Amazon | Bookshop)



Young Adult


Social Science

  • Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty by Nikhil Goyal (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Dream Town: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity by Laura Meckler (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • The Perennials: The Megatrends Creating a Postgenerational Society by Mauro F. Guillén (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Quiet Street: On American Privilege by Nick McDonell (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Why We Need to Be Wild: One Woman's Quest for Ancient Human Answers to 21st Century Problems by Jessica Carew Kraft (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • They Called Us Exceptional: And Other Lies That Raised Us by Prachi Gupta (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Kingdom Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs, and How a Once Swingin' Cow Town Chased the Ultimate Comeback by Mark Dent and Rustin Dodd (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Cosmic Scholar: The Life and Times of Harry Smith by John Szwed (Amazon | Bookshop)

  • Wifedom: Mrs. Orwell's Invisible Life by Anna Funder (Amazon | Bookshop)


Food & Gastronomy

  • The Ark of Taste: Delicious and Distinctive Foods That Define the United States by David Shields and Giselle Kennedy Lord (Amazon | Bookshop)


  • Kind of a Big Deal: How “Anchorman” Stayed Classy and Became the Most Iconic Comedy of the Twenty-First Century by Saul Austerlitz (Amazon | Bookshop)


This Week’s Literary Birthdays & Events

Aug. 22

  • Ray Bradbury

  • James Kirkwood, Jr.

  • Dorothy Parker

  • Annie Proulx

  • Edward Rowe Snow

Aug. 23

  • Nazik Al-Malaika

  • Nelson DeMille

  • William Ernest Henley

  • Edgar Lee Masters

Aug. 24

  • Jorge Luis Borges

  • A. S. Byatt

  • Charles Causley

  • Paul Coelho

  • Malcolm Cowley

  • Gaylord DuBois

  • John Green

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson

  • Chris Offutt

  • Jean Rhys

  • Ali Smith

  • Howard Zinn

Aug. 25

  • Martin Amis

  • Thea Astley

  • Ian Falconer

  • Frederick Forsyth

  • Charles Ghigna

  • Bret Harte

  • Patrick F. McManus

  • Brian Moore

  • Álvaro Mutis

  • Virginia Euwer Wolff

  • Charles Wright

Aug. 26

  • Otto Binder

  • Julio Cortázar

  • Eleanor Dark

  • Nikky Finney

  • Zona Gale

  • Paula Hawkins

  • Allegra Huston

  • Christopher Isherwood

Aug. 27

  • Theodore Dreiser

  • C. S. Forester

  • William Least Heat-Moon

  • Michael Holroyd

  • Ira Levin

  • Norah Lofts

  • Jeanette Winterson

Aug. 28

  • John Betjeman

  • Robertson Davies

  • Rita Dove

  • Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Vonda N. McIntyre

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