BOOKS 04/06/2013 10:35 am ET PW Picks: The Best New Books for the Week of April 8, 2013 First published at Publishers Weekly This week: Lovecraft gets graphic, the rise of the American novel, and what nonhuman species reveal about being human. Plus, getting held hostage in a small town. Best New Books for the Week of April 8, 2013 Best New Books for the Week of April 8, 2013 Best New Books for the Week of April 8, 2013 1 of 9 Harvard Square by Andre Aciman (Norton) Aciman’s stock in trade is nostalgia. In his latest novel another autobiographical hero, this one unnamed, dreams of the past but desires it only as it is conjured in his memory. He looks back at himself as a navel-gazing Egyptian-Jewish Harvard grad student stuck in Cambridge during the lonely and hot, but game-changing, summer of 1977. To avoid studying, he remembers trawling the empty town, running into a Tunisian cab driver named Kalaj. Read the review Share this slide: Read more at Publishers Weekly MORE: Fear In The Sunlight Shadow Warrior How To Create The Perfect Wife Zebra Forest Living With Shakespeare Subscribe to the Culture Shift email. Get your weekly dose of books, film and culture.