Summer 2022

Greetings from Three Lives & Company!


There's something both nostalgic and hopeful about being back on our corner as we enter the summer. We're much more settled than we have been the past few years: we're back in our home, we have two years of COVID experience under our belts, and our building is standing firm. We're in the midst of Pride Month once again, and fittingly, we have put up our first proper theme table in nearly two years in its honor, with a slew of new titles – Nina LaCour's Yerba Buena, Aaron Foley's Boys Come First, and Rhea Ewing's Fine: A Comic about Gender, to name just a few – alongside some of our standbys and favorites. It feels great to watch through our old doors as the city gears up again for the month's festivities.


We have been very, very busy since our move back, and we're kicking off the hot months with our preview of the books still to come in 2022. (There are a lot!) Troy has also written up a mid-year Cookbook Corner with his selections for the season, to keep you in good food through the summer.


We're taking a break from our personal reading roundups this issue, but we'd be remiss not to mention a few books that we've devoured recently. Nora has torn through Ali Smith's Companion Piece, Fernanda Melchor's Paradais, and Louise Erdrich's Plague of Doves. Miriam enjoyed Sara Nović's new novel True Biz and Nina LaCour's Yerba Buena; Lucas is loving Shirley Hazzard's Transit of Venus; and Ryan recently finished The Kingdom by the Sea, the last Paul Theroux travel book he hadn't read – and an instant new favorite.



~ Upcoming Releases ~


A year ago we thought that every possible author had a major book coming out. Turns out, quite a few saved their new works for 2022 – lucky us! A number of our favorite authors are publishing books this summer and fall, and no doubt we'll have a few more favorites before the year is out. Below you can find an extensive – but by no means exhaustive! – list of upcoming releases, but we also wanted to highlight some that we are particularly eager to get our hands on. (Remember that we are always happy to preorder these or any other books for you, and it is never too early to request anything. Just let us know!)


The original idea was to include each bookseller's two or three most anticipated titles, but it turns out that's much too limiting for a year as rich as this one. Hence, we selected nearly three dozen titles in total, and even that number leaves out plenty of worthy books. There is lots of new work by authors we already love – including Ida Jessen, Ian McEwan, Vigdis Hjorth, Lynn Steger Strong, Anthony Marra, Hilton Als, Melissa Clark, Kamila Shamsie, Kevin Wilson, Jesse Ball, Lawrence Osborne, Juan Pablo Villalobos, and Clarice Lispector – and we had some overlap among our selections: multiple people picked Cormac McCarthy's upcoming novels (yes, plural), George Saunders's latest story collection, and Louise Kennedy's debut novel.


Our personal picks are marked below with an asterisk and the name of the bookseller(s) who picked it. We'd like to know what you're looking forward to, as well, so send us an email or, next time you're in the shop, tell us what we were crazy not to select!


June 14

Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)

Also a Poet by Ada Calhoun (Grove)


June 21

Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press)

An Immense World by Ed Yong (Random House)


June 28

A Postcard for Annie by Ida Jessen (Archipelago, translated by Martin Aitken) *Toby

Rogues by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday)


July 5

Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata (Grove, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori)

Imagine a City by Mark Vanhoenacker (Knopf) *Miriam


July 12

Total by Rebecca Miller (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Invasion of the Spirit People by Juan Pablo Villalobos (And Other Stories, translated by Rosalind Harvey) *Ryan


August 2

Dogs of Summer by Andrea Abreu (Astra House, translated by Julia Sanches) *Toby

The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)

Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra (Hogarth) *Miriam

On Java Road by Lawrence Osborne (Hogarth) *Ryan

Mothercare by Lynne Tillman (Soft Skull) *Toby


August 9

Autoportrait by Jesse Ball (Catapult) *Nora


August 16

Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes (Knopf)

A Woman's Battles and Transformations by Edouard Louis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, translated by Tash Aw)


August 23

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah (Riverhead) *Toby


August 30

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine)


September 6

Dinner in One by Melissa Clark (Clarkson Potter) *Troy

The Unfolding by A.M. Homes (Viking)

Too Much of Life by Clarice Lispector (New Directions, translated by Margaret Jull Costa) *Lucas

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell (Knopf) *Miriam


September 13

Reading My Mother Back by Timothy C. Baker (Goldsmiths Press) *Toby

Natural History by Andrea Barrett (W.W. Norton) *Toby

How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz (Flatiron) *Ryan

The Best American Poetry 2022 edited by David Lehman (Scribner)

The Best Short Stories 2022: The O. Henry Prize Winners edited by Valeria Luiselli (Anchor)

Bliss Montage by Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Lessons by Ian McEwan (Knopf) *Toby

Ti Amo by Hanne Ørstavik (Archipelago, translated by Martin Aitken) *Lucas

My Phantoms by Gwendoline Riley (New York Review Books) *Toby


September 20

O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker (reissued by Scribner) *Miriam

Less Is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer (Little, Brown)

The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)


September 27

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday) *Miriam

Fen, Bog and Swamp by Annie Proulx (Scribner) *Nora

The Furrows by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth)

Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie (Riverhead) *Miriam


October 4

Feral City by Jeremiah Moss (W.W. Norton) *Toby

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press)

Balladz by Sharon Olds (Knopf)

Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk (Knopf, translated by Ekin Oklap)


October 11

The Slowworm's Song by Andrew Miller (Europa) *Miriam

Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet (W.W. Norton) *Toby

Via Carota by Jody Williams, Rita Sodi and Anna Kovel (Knopf) *Toby


October 18

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)

Liberation Day by George Saunders (Random House) *Toby and Nora

Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro (Knopf)


October 25

The Singularities by John Banville (Knopf)

Is Mother Dead by Vigdis Hjorth (Verso, translated by Charlotte Barslund) *Toby

The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf) *Ryan and Lucas


November 1

The Best American 2022 collections (Essays/Short Stories/Science and Nature/Mystery and Suspense/Food Writing) (Mariner)

My Pinup by Hilton Als (New Directions) *Troy

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Foster by Claire Keegan (Grove)


November 8

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy (Riverhead) *Miriam and Toby

Galatea by Madeline Miller (Ecco)

Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami (Knopf, translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen)

Flight by Lynn Steger Strong (Mariner) *Toby

Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson (Ecco) *Miriam


November 15

Musical Tables by Billy Collins (Random House)


November 22

Smitten Kitchen Keepers by Deb Perelman (Knopf)


November 23

The River Cafe Look Book by Ruth Rogers (Phaidon) *Troy


November 29

All the Broken Places by John Boyne (Pamela Dorman)

The Intimate City by Michael Kimmelman (Penguin Press) *Toby

The Sorcerer of Pyongyang by Marcel Theroux (Atria)


December 6

Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf) *Ryan and Lucas

A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley (Knopf)



~ Troy's Cookbook Corner ~


June is here, and the bounty of summer fruits and vegetables has only just begun to show up at the greenmarkets around the city. It's the best time of the year to get a new cookbook and begin the journey of learning new recipes, techniques, and ways of cooking. I've chosen two new titles to spotlight, but know that we have a case full of all different kinds of cookbooks – so I encourage you to come, browse, and decide which one speaks to you. It's a decision that will transform your summer and bring you joy. 


As I was sitting at my kitchen table deciding what to write about, I focused on the title of Andy Baraghani's debut, The Cook You Want to Be (Lorena Jones Books), a book as stylish and seductive as a '90s fashion magazine. I thought: that's it – that's what these cookbooks are really about. The title could easily be The Person I Want to Be. Cooking is a way to express one's personhood. Baraghani is opinionated, passionate, sassy, and indebted to his mother for obsessing over food while raising him in Berkeley, California. (A story he includes in the book about forming shopping habits with his mom is a blueprint for his future adult self.) But it is the opening line of the book that most powerfully reveals his intentions to share how his life experiences have made him the cook he is. "I really tried to not be a cook. I mean, this little gay Persian boy imagined he was going to be the next Al Pacino. Then I thought I might be an anthropology professor. [...] Thing is, I don't remember a time when I was not obsessed with food." This obsession shows in his unique recipes for spicy basil shrimp, crispy plum and pistachio cake, and dozens of others. From start to finish, Baraghani is determined to impart his knowledge and insider tips, while guiding us to become the cooks we want to be. 


Reading Rick Martinez's introduction to his enthralling and beautiful new cookbook Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in México (Clarkson Potter) was so inspiring. (I'm not using that word carelessly.) Martinez writes about how as a young Mexican American boy growing up in Texas, he would watch the British food writer and Mexican cooking authority Diana Kennedy on television, feeling awed but devastated that she knew more about his culture than he did. Mi Cocina is based on an incredible journey through México, a road trip of over 20,000 miles to 156 cities in all 32 states. In the words of Martinez: "Mi Cocina is the story of where I went, who I met, what I learned, what I ate, and how to make it. It's also the story of who I am, and who I am becoming – past, present, and future." Mi Cocina is as empowering a cookbook as I've ever come across, full of recipes I look forward to making – like the Oaxacan chileatole verde, roasted vegetables in a rich corn broth made from fresh and dried corn and green chiles – and parts of México I too want to visit.



~ Staff Favorites Now in Paperback ~



The Ocean House by Mary-Beth Hughes (Grove)

The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee (Vintage)

Mayflies by Andrew O'Hagan (McClelland & Stewart)

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (Penguin)

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney (Picador)

Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber (Counterpoint)

Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux (Mariner)



Ravenous by Sam Apple (Liveright)

Everything Now by Rosecrans Baldwin (Picador)

On Lighthouses by Jazmina Barrera (Two Lines, translated by Christina MacSweeney)



~ Signed Editions ~



An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (Grove)

Ashton Hall by Lauren Belfer (Ballantine)

Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)

Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley (MCD)

Trust by Hernan Diaz (Riverhead)

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (One World)

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley (Knopf)

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub (Riverhead)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Penguin)

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Viking)

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Penguin)

Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong (Copper Canyon)

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin)

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press)

Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me by John Weir (Red Hen)

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)



The Cook You Want to Be by Andy Baraghani (Lorena Jones Books)

Mean Baby by Selma Blair (Knopf)

Our Laundry, Our Town by Alvin Eng (Fordham University Press)

New Yorkers by Craig Taylor (W.W. Norton)


~ The Three Lives & Company Bestseller List ~ 


1. Book Lovers by Emily Henry (Berkley)

2. Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)

3. Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au (New Directions)

4. Trust by Hernan Diaz (Riverhead)

5. Either/Or by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press)

6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Washington Square)

7. Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press)

8. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (Knopf)

9. The Candy House by Jennifer Egan (Scribner)

10. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Vintage)