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Hello there, dear book friends.

'Tis the season to incite joy. And not just the joy that naturally flows from reading Ross Gay’s new book, Inciting Joy (but we do have more on that below 😊). There’s the joy of reading on the front porch as the weather gets ever-so-slightly less hot. The joy of cracking spines on those brand new fall novels. The joy of taking care of your community of reading friends with weeknight book clubs and the perfect recommendations for autumn weekends. 

We’ve been talking a lot about joy here at Algonquin lately. And we’re not going to stop. Fall is the season most associated with transition and change, and we’ve decided to steer right into joy, where to find it and how to incite it in others. That’s why we’re sharing this Fall 2022 Nonfiction Preview with you today─and the Fiction Preview tomorrow. All the joy of new books!

Thanks for turning our pages.

Your pals at Algonquin Books
Sharing Joy and Delight

We all could use some joy right now.

We’ve been processing so much news, information, anger, sadness, and confusion. It’s hard to know how to find delight. Or how to incite joy.

Enter Ross Gay with Inciting Joy, his new, electrifying collection of essays. Once again, the literary rock star who gave us the New York Times bestselling The Book of Delights gives us the book we need, just when we need it most. As he writes in Inciting Joy,
My hunch is that joy, emerging from our common sorrow—which does not necessarily mean we have the same sorrows, but that we, in common, sorrow—might draw us together."

We can't wait to share this book with you all. You can pre-order copies (it'll make an amazing gift!) now.

Inciting Joy will be available October 25. 
The Book of Delights paperback is available now. 

A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family

Every person who has ever struggled with body image will relate to Fatty Fatty Boom Boom, the new memoir by Rabia Chaudry, the New York Times bestselling author of Adnan’s Story, the fierce advocate you know from the “Serial” podcast and her own wildly popular “Undisclosed” podcast.

"My entire life I have been less fat and more fat, but never not fat." This sentence from the memoir strikes deep in the heart and the belly. Then Rabia’s writing fills both─and we're not talking just about the scrumptious descriptions (and recipes) of fresh roti, chaat, chicken biryani, ghee, pakoras, shorba, and parathay. Or of Burger King and Dairy Queen and chicken baloney. Rabia shows us how to make peace with the bodies we have, bodies that get the job done but might not meet the expectations of others.
As Valerie Bertinelli said, Fatty Fatty Boom Boom is “a delicious and mouthwatering book about food and family, the complicated love for both, and how that shapes us into who we are. It’s such a relief to not treat food as the enemy any longer and start to learn how to love and nourish the body I have today. I absolutely loved it!”

Fatty Fatty Boom Boom: A Memoir of Food, Fat, and Family will be available November 8

Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family

Award-winning journalist Erika Hayasaki introduces us to Isabella and Hà─identical twins who were born in Việt Nam, raised on opposite sides of the world, and reunited as teenagers─in her new book.
Somewhere Sisters tells the girls’ incredible story from their perspectives, challenging conceptions about transnational and transracial adoption, Asian and Asian American identity, the nature versus nurture debate, poverty and privilege, and what it means to give a child a good life.
“Stirring and unforgettable — a breathtaking adoption saga like no other; a provocative exploration into the ideas of family and belonging; and a deeply meaningful meditation on what makes us who we are and what connects us to one another,” said Robert Kolker, New York Times-bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road.
Somewhere Sisters: A Story of Adoption, Identity, and the Meaning of Family will be available October 11.


Pump by Bill Schutt

In this lively, unexpected look at the hearts of animals—from fish to bats to humans—American Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt tells an incredible story of evolution and scientific progress.

With his informative and entertaining exploration of popular science, Schutt takes readers on a deeply researched journey into the literal heartbeat of life on earth. 

Pump is available in paperback today, September 13.

The Genome Defense by Jorge L. Contreras

This riveting courtroom drama takes you behind the scenes, as a brilliant legal team battles corporate greed and government overreach for our fundamental right to control our genes. You won’t be able to put this down!

Jorge L. Contreras, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on human genetics law, has devoted years to investigating the groundbreaking civil rights case known as AMP v. Myriad. In The Genome Defense, Contreras gives us the view from inside as the team of ACLU lawyers, along with a committed group of activists, scientists, and physicians, take their one-in-a-million case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The Genome Defense
is a powerful and compelling story about how society must balance scientific discovery with corporate profits and the rights of all people.

The Genome Defense will be available in paperback October 18.

Volunteers by Jerad W. Alexander

Go to the frontlines with this insider’s account of war–and the culture that creates warriors–in Jerad W. Alexander’s insightful memoir of growing up in a military family during the forever war. After he joins the Marines and serves in Iraq, he must begin to reckon with the troubled and complicated truths of the American war machine.

“In that way, it’s also a portrait of the stories we tell ourselves, and how those stories fare when our children grow up and try to live them,” said Phil Klay, author of National Book Award winner Redeployment.

Volunteers will be available in paperback November 8.

What's Inciting Joy For Us Lately

A member of the Algonquin family has adopted a happy new kitten, and Fergie's on-camera appearances during meetings have been bringing us true delight. What's inciting joy for you? Tell us.

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