Books

New books from Pulitzer Prize winners Anne Tyler and Annie Proulx

Barkskins by author Annie Proulx.
Barkskins by author Annie Proulx. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

▪ Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler (Hogarth, $25) — The Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author offers a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Outspoken Kate, a teacher’s assistant, is running a household that includes her scientist dad and her sister. Her dad is matchmaking, scheming to get Kate to marry his lab assistant, Pyotr, who’s about to be deported. Kate is insulted at first, but then the hard sell begins.

▪ Barkskins, by Annie Proulx (Scribner, $32) — The Pulitzer Prize-winning author needed nearly 10 years to complete her 736-page multigenerational chronicle of two families in the timber industry and the destruction of the world’s forests. It begins in the 17th century with two French wood-cutters in the forests of New France and follows their descendants to present day, when the theme of resource depletion remains relevant.

▪ Monsters: A Love Story, by Liz Kay (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $26) — This debut novel revolves around recently widowed poet Stacey Lane, based in Omaha, whose feminist retelling of Frankenstein in verse has caught the eye of hunky Hollywood A-lister Tommy DeMarco. Stacey adapts her novel for the screen, watches the filming and begins a dysfunctional relationship with Tommy. This is no match made in heaven.

Celeste Williams

Meet the authors

▪ Bestselling author Brad Thor will discuss and sign his new book, Foreign Agent, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Dallas flagship Half Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Highway, 214-379-8000.

▪ Author Kimberla Lawson Roby will sign her new book, A Sinful Calling — the 13th novel in her Reverend Curtis Black series — at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, 214-739-1124.

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