Three New American Books You Should Put On Your Reading List

1 Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

This new collection of essays from celebrated American humourist and consummate raconteur David Sedaris touches upon such sources of 21st-century malaise as teach-yourself-Japanese tapes, air travel, and colonoscopies, all delivered with his trademark disarming irreverence. Oh, and he wraps up with a medley of dog-based tragedies in rhyming verse. Woof!
Out now (Little Brown)

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2 Snapper by Brian Kimberling

The protagonist of this debut novel — though it’s really more a series of interlinked short stories — is a professional birdwatcher in rural Indiana. Conveniently enough, so too, once upon a time, was its author, though he’s now based in the slightly less trigger-happy Somerset. If you do venture into these woods, expect to find a delightfully entertaining chorus of rednecks, deadbeats, hippies and bigots.
Out now (Tinder Press)

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3 Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Any book that includes Richard Burton as a character is fine by us, but National Book Award finalist Jess Walter’s new novel includes a plethora of larger-than-life characters whose stories unfold over 50 years and cross oceans and continents. It’s already been a best-seller in New York, and its unusual blend of billowy romance and crafty satire bodes well for it over here.
Out now (Penguin)