Have you ever felt like revisiting the memory of a bad breakup, traveling the African continent with a family on the brink of destruction, or reliving the hysteria of the Salem witch trials from a firsthand perspective? You haven’t? Maybe that’s just us.
Even if stories of heartbreak, international disaster, and the macabre don’t top your TBR list, you’re still sure to find a unique read to fit your specific tastes in the latest batch of paperback releases from Overlook. With new and reissued novels, memoirs, anthologies, and histories from authors including Gerald Seymour, Ken Babbs, Carolyn Cassady, and Bárbara Mujica, there’s sure to be a book for every possible reader contained in this current season’s paperback lineup. Check out the list below!
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It’s Not You, It’s Me
Edited and Introduced by Jerry Williams
The poignant and visceral anti-Valentine’s collection, featuring poems by Mark Strand, Robert Hass, Bob Hicok, and many other. “Williams is as good a prose writer as he is a poet. Get hold of this guy’s stuff and read it.” – Entertainment Weekly
The African Safari Papers
An intense and outrageous portrait of a family so troubled that their vacation is, in a word, torture. Now being adapted as a movie, this novel is the most enjoyable dysfunctional family drama since The Royal Tenenbaums. “Richard’s voice is brilliantly keen and winning, and he chronicles wild experiences and dysfunctional behaviors with irresistible verve.” – Publishers Weekly
The Garden of Reading
An anthology of contemporary short fiction about gardens and gardeners. The perfect book for the literary gardener, including works by Garrison Keillor, James Thurber, Stephen King, and Doris Lessing. “A must-read for all gardeners.” – Gardening
Diaboliad and Other Stories
Translated from the Russian by Carl Proffer
A rich selection of short fiction by the author of Master and Margarita. The only complete translation of Bulgakov’s first collection of short stories, plus six of his best feuilletons from the 1920s. “A lively collection.” – The Washington Post
The striking and lively novel about Frida Kahlo, one of the most dynamic artists of our time—now an international bestseller translated into seventeen languages. “A vivid creation … This story burns with dramatic urgency.” – The New York Times
NASCAR’s sixty year history is rich with varied stories about heroic racers, incredible races, and love of family. NASCAR LEGENDS traces the history of stock car racing through the record breaking drives who made it the number one spectator sport in America. “A fast-paced and rowdy romp.” – Neal Thompson, author of Driving with the Devil
The Night Casey Was Born
John Evangelist Walsh
“Casey at the Bat” is a legendary poem about the crushing defeat of a small-town baseball hero. For the first time, John Evangelist Walsh gives the story behind the poem and its young journalist author. “This history of the mighty Casey hits it out of the park.” – Baltimore Sun
The taut, gripping tale of deception in the Camorra, Naples’ deadliest mafia, by the “master of suspense” (The New York Times).
Off the Road
Love, literature, and a fascinating and unparalleled close-up view of Cassady’s inner circle. Off the Road tells the intimate story of the legendary Neal Cassady and his remarkable friendships with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. “A great book as well as a wonderful autiobiography.” – The Washington Post
Who Shot the Water Buffalo?
The hilarious and terrifying first novel by Ken Babbs, famously a Merry Prankster and best friend of Ken Kesey. “A lovely if chilling read, chilling because it brings home the reality of a tragic war.” – Larry McMurtry
How to Fish
The classic meditation on the pleasures and wonder of fishing. There’s no better guide for the uninitiated and no better companion for those already familiar with the satisfactions of fishing than Chris Yates. “He captures the wonder, and humor, of the natural world.” – The Los Angeles Times
The Spartacus Road
The spellbinding story of a gladiator’s heroic fight for freedom and a harrowing journey down the Spartacus Road. At once a journalist’s notebook, a reflection on life’s fragility, including the author’s own fight against cancer, and a classicist’s celebration. “You can almost picture those Roman soldiers and those slaves with their swords and shields.” – All Things Considered
Historic sea battles and shifting naval powers in the modern era. In Maritime Dominion, Peter Padfield examines the terrible wars of the last century, reaching controversial and sometimes startling conclusions. “Ambitious, hugely enjoyable … this lucid, passionately argued and beautifully written history ranks among the finest of recent times.” – Sunday Times
Deliverance from Evil
Dramatic and moving, the latest novel by Salem historian Frances Hill makes the witch hunts terrifyingly vivid. Hill brings her deep historical and political understanding together with her honed skills as a novelist to produce a picture of the trials both realistic and emotional. “Vivid description gives the feeling that the Salem witch hunt happened five minutes ago.” – The Los Angeles Times