6 New Books That New Yorkers (Especially) Will Love

Currently on our nightstand: career advice from an art-world mogul, Brooklyn’s secret queer history and a spy novel like no other spy novel we’ve read before. Here’s what we’re digging into right now.

1. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

The spy genre gets turned on its head in Wilkinson’s debut novel. The Cold War–era tale follows intelligence officer Marie Mitchell from New York City to an undercover mission in Burkina Faso, where she’s tasked with cozying up to a charismatic Communist leader. It has all the hallmarks of a page-turning espionage thriller—along with the complex themes and questions a black female perspective brings to the table. Read More.
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2. The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You by Lydia Fenet

As leading charity auctioneer and global head of strategic partnerships for Christie’s, Fenet convinces people to part with large sums of money all the time. So you can bet she has some excellent advice on how to own a room and build the career you want. She started as an intern some 20 years ago, and now she’s paying it forward in the form of insightful anecdotes and tips, along with pointers from several of her boss friends, like Martha Stewart and Nina Garcia. Read More.
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3. Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden

Spanning her affluent but troubled childhood in Boca Raton to present-day New York, Madden’s memoir paints a vivid picture of addiction, otherness, objectification and loss. If that sounds dark, well, at times it is—but it’s also funny, uplifting and a loving tribute to the author’s families, both chosen and inherited. Read More.
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