Gayle's Autumn Picks 2019

It's the time of year for big books by big names (new Ben Lerner! more Philip Pullman! essays from Lydia Davis!) but also not to be missed: Bloomsbury local Celia Paul's exquisite memoir, told through close readings of her own paintings–of herself, her mother, her sisters, and her lover, Lucian Freud; Andrea Long Chu's Females, a short, sharp, provocative–and very funny–investigation into gender and desire that takes as its thesis the idea that ‘everyone is female, and everyone hates it’; and Lake Like a Mirror, the first collection translated into English from Malaysian short story writer Ho Sok Fong.

The Topeka School

Ben Lerner

From the publisher:

Adam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of ’97. His parents are psychologists, his mom a famous author in the field. A renowned debater and orator, an aspiring ...

Self-Portrait

Celia Paul

From the publisher:

From her move to the Slade School of Fine Art at sixteen, through a profound and intense affair with the older and better-known artist Lucian Freud, to the practices of her ...

Essays

Lydia Davis

From the publisher:

From the International Man Booker Prize-winning author of Can’t and Won’t and The End of the Story – a crystalline collection of literary essays for fans of Susan ...

This is Pleasure

Mary Gaitskill

From the publisher:

‘The range of Gaitskill’s humanity is astonishing’ LA Times ‘I don’t know why I behaved the way I did, and I kept doing it; he kept doing it. And though I might ...