Newly Published, From Roller Disco to ‘Frankenstein’ With Dinosaurs

THE LANGUAGE OF TREES: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape, by Katie Holten. (Tin House, $29.95.) Over 50 writings from notable authors, philosophers, scientists and artists — including Plato, Ursula K. Le Guin and Ada Limón — are delicately translated into Holten’s visual “tree alphabet” in this ode to the world’s trees.

HOW TO LAND IN THE METAVERSE: From Interior Design to the Future of Design, by Harry Nuriev and Crosby Studios. (Rizzoli, $75.) This monograph presents Nuriev’s innovative designs, from his monochromatic interiors to recent forays into the metaverse, showcasing a signature style that draws influence from Eastern Europe and the digital world.

SECRETS OF THE ELEPHANTS, by Paula Kahumbu and Claudia Geib. (National Geographic, $35.) Majestic color photographs of Asian and African elephants and commentary from scientists who study them fill this delightful volume, a companion to the television series.

EMPIRE ROLLER DISCO, by Patrick D. Pagnano. (Anthology Editions, $32.) By the time Pagnano took these luminous black-and-white photos in February 1980, the Crown Heights roller disco had led a nationwide disco craze, popularized iconic styles like Brooklyn Bounce and launched the careers of world-famous skaters. This monograph showcases its heydey in all its joy and glory.

HIT PARADE OF TEARS, by Izumi Suzuki. Translated by Sam Bett, David Boyd, Daniel Joseph and Helen O’Horan. (Verso, paperback, $19.95.) Suzuki’s acidic voice permeates these 11 hazy, imaginative stories following women whose lives are altered by time travel, aliens, magic and more.

OUR HIDEOUS PROGENY, by C.E. McGill. (Harper, $32.) A young woman and her geologist husband attempt to recreate and improve her great-uncle’s science experiments in Victorian England in this debut novel, described by the author as “‘Frankenstein,’ but, like, with dinosaurs.”

EVEN IF EVERYTHING ENDS, by Jens Liljestrand. (Gallery/Scout Press, $29.99.) A media consultant, his daughter, his mistress and a teenager must cast aside their petty concerns in the face of the climate disaster striking this satirical novel’s alternate-present Stockholm. They do, to varying degrees of success.

VISTA CHINESA, by Tatiana Salem Levy. Translated by Alison Entrekin. (Scribe, paperback, $15.) Set in 2014 Rio de Janeiro, this powerful epistolary novel is narrated by Júlia, an architect reflecting on being “torn apart” by an intimate violation amid the tumult of her city, which is rife with violent fissures of its own.

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