The Lake By Banana Yoshimoto, out now
After her mother dies, a young woman moves home to Tokyo, where she meets a young man who has been the victim of childhood trauma. Or maybe, as she finds out, it has something to do with a cult…
To Sound in the Know: In her native Japan, critics resist Banana, while her (mostly young) fans treasure her themes of youthful alienation and wandering.
Your Voice in My Head By Emma Forrest, out now
This memoir from the British journalist
follows her path from 22-year-old living the fast life in Manhattan (newspaper job, published novel) to the depression and mania that followed in its wake.
To Sound in the Know: Forrest’s writing career began with a story she wrote about Madonna for the London Evening Standard… when she was 13!
The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You By Eli Pariser, out now
An in-depth look at how our Google/ Facebook/Yahoo overlords are using our personal information to filter search results so we see what they think we really want to see.
To Sound in the Know: Pariser is the former executive director of MoveOn.org.
I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive By Steve Earle, out now
And you thought the man could just play guitar. This debut novel, set in San Antonio during the time of the JFK assassination, follows a morphine addict who performs illegal abortions and is haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams.
To Sound in the Know: Earle also released an album of the same name.
Vaclav and Lena By Haley Tanner, out now
Two children meet in an ESL class in Brighton Beach, and fall in (kid) love. When Lena disappears, Vaclav spends years pining after his lost love until…
To Sound in the Know: Tanner was born in the Bronx and now lives in Williamsburg. Sell out.
Orientation: And Other Stories By Daniel Orozco, out May 24
This debut collection of short stories features tales of the lives of bridge painters, police officers, dictators, office temps and factory workers.
To Sound in the Know: Orozco has published pieces in the Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Clearly, he’s bester than you.