Words Are My Matter

Ursula K. Le Guin

In this late volume, Le Guin reflects on many of the things that animated her thinking throughout her life.

The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates

This is a story of the underground railroad, of memory, and of magic—all told with Coates’s exquisite prose.

Errantry

Elizabeth Hand

This collection of shorts includes ghosts, flying machines, witches, ancient trees, and more than one impossible transformation.

And Go Like This

John Crowley

This collection ranges across a wide territory in both place and time, but there are recurring themes: aging, mortality, endings and beginnings—extraordinary reflections on ordinary lives.

Gideon the Ninth

Tamsyn Muir

The cover blurb promises lesbian necromancers in space, and the pages within do not disappoint.

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

In this reimagining of the Iliad, the love story is not of Helen and Paris but of Achilles and his beloved, Patroclus.

Vita Nostra

Marina Dyachenko & Sergey Dyachenko

This story begins when Sasha, on a beach holiday with her mother, notices a strange man keeping tabs on her.

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

This is a lucid, steady journey through the meaning of both racism and antiracism.

In the titular story from this collection, the world has gone to hell, and those with means have absconded to the sea, in cruise ships where no one gets off at port.

Birth Strike

Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown looks at the declining birth rate in the US—alongside well-funded resistance to abortion and contraceptive access—and sees not a moral divide but an economic power struggle.

Circe

Madeline Miller

This is a subversive and triumphant retelling of the story of Circe, daughter of the sun-god Helios.

Hard Light

Elizabeth Hand

Fleeing Reykjavik amid a series of murders, Cass Neary lands in London expecting to rendevous with her longtime lover Quinn—but Quinn is nowhere to be found.

Available Dark

Elizabeth Hand

Cass Neary has arrived home in New York, after a brief stint in Maine where she just happened to be involved with several mysterious deaths.

Generation Loss

Elizabeth Hand

“My life, who could pretend there wasn’t a big fucking hole in it?”

How to Do Nothing

Jenny Odell

A lovely treatise that argues t hat attention to a place is what makes life—well, alive.

The Sparrow

Mary Doria Russell

A group of Jesuit scientists, led by the polyglot priest Emilio Sandoz, set off on a mission to discover the source of music emanating from the direction of Alpha Centauri.

Lara Hogan has become the face of thoughtful, humane, and rigorous management—and for good reason.

Women Talking

Miriam Toews

A group of Mennonite women suffer for years from mysterious midnight attacks, purportedly the work of demons come to punish them for their sins. Eventually, they discover the assaults are not the work of demons but of men—their own husbands, sons, and neighbors.