11 new books to read in May

Take a trip to the beaches of Wellfleet on the Spiral Hook of Cape Cod, Massachusetts: It’s 1910 and an enclave of artists and writers is forming. John Taylor Williams The Shores of Bohemia: A History of Cape Cod, 1910-1960, from FSG, traces the “imperfect, rowdy, carefree bohemians” who left Manhattan’s Greenwich Village for the cheaper coastal towns of the east – or bounced back and forth between the two. From the Provincetown Art Association of Charles Webster Hawthorne; to socialist leanings turned communist sympathies; to the Bauhaus houses covered with Anni Albers rugs; at 1950s softball games hosted by Edwin O’Connor, Norman Mailer and Edmund Wilson (who hit but “refused to run”), Williams captures half a century of creative thinking whipped up by salty sea air.

Pick up the timeline across the country with VF Mark Rozzo’s contributor Everyone thought we were crazy: Dennis Hopper, Brooke Hayward and 1960s Los Angeles, from Ecco. The book, which began as a 2018 feature for that magazine, serves as a portrait not just of a marriage, but of a critical American artistic awakening during what Hayward once called “the most wonderful and horrible things in my life”. Rozzo paints a neon picture of the couple’s midlife: their 1963 West Coast night out for Andy Warhol, filled with circus posters and a chili dog stand (and Hayward’s later “screen tests”) with the artist); Hopper photographing Selma’s march; addiction battles; the couple’s friendships with Ed Ruscha and Jane Fonda – a life and a time in Technicolor.

The Shores of Bohemia by John Taylor Williams

Everyone Thought We Were Crazy by Mark Rozzo

Six Pack: High raunch, Afrofuturism and more new fiction

The Librarian of Memory by Janelle Monae

With contributors that include Eve L. Ewing and Danny Lore, Janelle Monáe explores abuse of power, love, and race through five futuristic stories. (Harper Voyager)

The Librarian of Memory by Janelle Monáe

Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara

In Vauhini Vara’s debut, Athena’s father, an unparalleled tech mogul, has died and she is accused of conspiring to kill him. But she’s also armed with her memories and the bitter truths about her board. (WW Norton)

The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara

Liarmouth by John Rogers

This “sentimental romance” about the self-proclaimed conceited teasing escapades of a con man named Marsha is John Waters’ peak camp. (FSG)

We do what we do in the dark by Michelle Hart

Michelle Hart’s debut novel follows lonely freshman Mallory through her relationship with a professor; the woman finds her absent husband, but reappears seven years later. (River)

We Do What We Do In The Dark by Michelle Hart

nothing is right here by Steve Toltz

Steve Toltz’s newest finds a funny Angus Mooney watching from beyond (he works in a factory) while his killer seduces his pregnant wife. (Melville House)

Nothing Goes Here by Steve Toltz

One day I will amaze the world by Nina Stibbe

Susan and Norma meet while working at a haberdashery; they don’t agree on literature, but they’re still friends. Nina Stibbe’s novel takes a fresh look at a life of friendship. (Small, Brown)

One Day I Will Astonish the World by Nina Stibbe

Home Cooking: In these new cookbooks, three famous foodies return to their roots

Ammu: Indian home cooking to feed your soul by Asma Khan

Named after a term for mother, Asma Khan’s book combines lush recipes – saag baadam, chicken pakoras, chutney – with memories of monsoons in Kolkata, family celebrations and homesick cuisine in England. (Interlink)

Ammu: Indian Home Cooking to Feed Your Soul by Asma Khan

My America: the recipes of a young black chef by Kwame Onwuachi

Stewed Shrimp, Dirty Rice, Garlic Aioli: Weaving culinary influences from a childhood in the Bronx, Nigeria and Baton Rouge, as well as his classic French training at the Culinary Institute of America, chef Kwame Onwuachi presents a range delicious. (Knopf)

My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef: A Cookbook by Kwame Onwuachi

ZABAR’S: a family story, with recipes by Lori Zabar

Lori Zabar’s grandparents, Louis and Lilly Zabar, fled an area of ​​Tsarist Russia, now Ukraine, and established a grocery store on New York’s Upper West Side. Each of the 10 family history chapters ends with a recipe: gefilte fish, blueberry blintzes, the store’s beloved Nova cream cheese spread. (shocked)

Zabar’s: A family story, with recipes from Lori Zabar

Unscripted: Three actors write intimate and evocative personal stories

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