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Books: Akwaeke Emezi’s dazzling debut, Koreatown bookstores, noir and more

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I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg; welcome to this week’s newsletter.

THE BIG STORY

Akwaeke Emezi’s dazzling debut novel, “Freshwater,” is about a shattered self, a college-age human whose turmoils are driven by spirits and gods. Emezi, a Nigerian American who has written about having gender-transition surgery, is a millennial creative force. Critic at large Susan Straight has our review.

An author photo of Akwaeke Emezi for her book “Freshwater.” Credit: Elizabeth Wirija
Author Akwaeke Emezi's novel is "Freshwater."
(Elizabeth Wirija )
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MORE IN BOOKS

Laura Lippman’s excellent new novel, “Sunburn,” turns classic noir inside-out, writes Paula L. Woods in our review.

We’ve got a rundown of five fantastic new audiobooks, thanks to reviewer Rochelle O’Gorman.

Patrick Nathan’s debut novel, “Some Hell,” features a coming-out teen dealing with a family suicide. Pete Tosiello reviews.

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The coffee table book “Signs of Resistance” chronicles the history of American protest art, writes Agatha French.

French also visited six bookstores for this special guide celebrating Koreatown — for those who can’t get to Pyeongchang.

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At Western Comics in Koreatown, patrons can rent a comic book to read in-store.
(Agatha French / Los Angeles Times )

BESTSELLERS

Continuing its domination of the nonfiction list is Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” the No. 1 L.A. Times bestseller for the fifth week in a row.

After four weeks, “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin has reached the top of our fiction list; it’s the No. 1 L.A. Times bestseller this week.

See all the books on our bestseller lists here.

FUN WITH T.S. ELIOT

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This week I was walking to lunch in downtown L.A. and took a photo of Prufrock Pizzeria (not itself open for lunch), which I posted on Twitter. So many people had T.S. Eliot riffs to add. Maybe you too?

carolyn.kellogg@latimes.com

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