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 ...


Andrea Long Chu

From the publisher:

An exploration of gender and desire from our most exciting new public intellectual


Celia Paul

From the publisher:

I’m not a portrait painter. If I’m anything, I have always been an autobiographer. Self-Portrait reveals a life truly lived through art. In this short, intimate memoir, ...


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 ...

Lake Like a Mirror

Ho Sok Fong, translated by Natascha Bruce

From the publisher:

Nine unnerving short stories, nine women in disturbing or destructive situations, nine worlds unfolding in Malaysia and Taiwan

This is Pleasure

Mary Gaitskill

From the publisher:

A Guardian Book of the Year A Guardian Writers’ Choice Book of the Year ‘Gets deep under your skin ... Gaitskill is uniquely attuned to the moment.’ Sunday Times ...

Exquisite Cadavers

Meena Kandasamy

From the publisher:

A slim, inventive novella that questions what divides fiction and memoir – Exquisite Cadavers is a bricolage of influence and a daring modernist short.