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Reclaiming the Legacy of Sylvia Plath with “The Red Comet”

In her new biography, Clark seeks to reclaim Plath’s story by focusing on the wonders of her life rather than the disaster of her death. Clark claims in the prologue that Plath’s “life has been subsumed by her afterlife” as the public fails in knowing anything but the myth of Sylvia Plath.

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Five New Books Hitting The Shelves Today

Even though Independent Bookstore Day has come and gone, that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop celebrating! Here are five new books coming to an indie shop near you today.


1. The Lying Life of Adults

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A discussion of Elana Ferrante’s new novel The Lying Life of Adults kicked off this past weekend’s virtual Independent Bookstore Day festivities, and with good reason. Already in the works to be a Netflix Original series, the book’s January release had a whiff of Harry Potter mania in the author’s native Italy, though its debut here in the States was pushed back to September due to the pandemic. Centered around 12-year-old Giovanna, the novel focuses on the young girl’s transition from childhood to puberty amidst family issues and resentments, all while the beauty and ugliness of Naples is on display.



2. Ruthie Fear



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Set in Montana, Ruthie Fear by Maxim Loskutoff is considered “an entirely new kind of western.” Haunted by an unusual, headless creature she saw in a creek as a child, Ruthie grows up struggling to find her place in a more wild world that is increasingly under threat from outside forces. Years later, the creature reappears almost as an ghostly omen amidst community tension and impending natural disaster.



3. Daddy: Stories

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10 new short stories by the author of The Girls focus on some of the darker sides of life. From a woman selling her underwear to strangers, to a father who picks up his son from boarding school after an act of violence, the stories in Daddy: Stories “leave[…] a sticky sheen, something alluring that you’re a little afraid to touch.”


4. Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture


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Author Sudhir Hazareesingh draws deep from the historical archives to round out the image of 18th century Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture as a multidimensional man, one who not only argued for the equality of all, but also his own importance in world history. Black Spartacus debuts at a time where the message of racial equality is louder and more important than it has been in decades.



5. Red Pill



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White Tears author Hari Kunzru’s newest novel Red Pill follows a visiting writing fellow through Berlin as he struggles to tear himself away from binge-watching violent police show “Blue Lives” and actually write. When the narrator meets the Anton, the creator of “Blue Lives” at a party, the narrator begins to believe Anton is turning his viewers towards a more radical, alt-right worldview. Or is he?


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