Ambidextrous Authors | Prepub Alert, April 2024 Titles

Honored for their fictional works, these authors also pen nonfiction. Find the newest from Caleb Carr, Lydia Millet, Salman Rushdie, and Amy Tan.








Carr, Caleb. My Beloved Monster: Masha, the Half-Wild Rescue Cat Who Rescued Me. Little, Brown. Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780316503600. $30. MEMOIR

Perhaps best known for his early novel The Alienist, Carr has also published nonfiction, which he returns to here, after an eight-year break from writing, with a memoir about his life with Masha, a Siberian Forest cat he adopted from a shelter. For 17 years they have stood steadfast, always together.

Millet, Lydia. We Loved It All: A Memory of Life. Norton. Apr. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9781324073659. $27.99. MEMOIR

A Pulitzer Prize finalist shortlisted for the National Book Award, Millet turns to nonfiction for the first time with a cri de coeur imploring readers to understand their lives as being intimately tied to the natural world. A work of essays and nature writing, the title also veers into memoir.

Rushdie, Salman. Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder. Random. Apr. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9780593730249. $28. MEMOIR

Booker Prize–winning novelist Rushdie (author of Victory City, Joseph Anton, The Satanic Verses, and over a dozen additional titles) turns to nonfiction once more to explore the shocking attempt to kill him, its repercussions, and the role of art in his life and the world.

Tan, Amy. The Backyard Bird Chronicles. Knopf. Apr. 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780593536131. pap. $35. MEMOIR

Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and Valley of Amazement, returns to nonfiction as she chronicles her turn toward nature—and particularly to birds—as a source of solace and respite. Through observation and her own sketches, she details her backyard visitors with careful attention and whimsy.

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