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Sunday, November 11, 2018

12 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books.

Now that Election Day is behind us — like an exorcism, maybe: “Get behind us, midterms!” — the natural question is what it all will mean. Books can help with that. (Books can help with everything.) Our recommended titles this week offer context for some of the country’s most pressing political issues across a range of perspectives and genres. In “Melting Pot or Civil War?,” Reihan Salam tries to find middle ground on immigration. In “She Wants It,” the TV writer Jill Soloway provides a personal take on the politics of gender and transgender identity. In “American Dialogue,” the historian Joseph Ellis asks what the founders would make of our current divisions. Jane Sharon De Hart’s “Ruth Bader Ginsburg” traces the Supreme Court justice’s route to becoming a feminist icon. Kiese Laymon’s excellent memoir, “Heavy,” and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s excellent story collection, “Friday Black,” both unfold against a backdrop of national dysfunction and racist violence. And Max Boot explains why he has turned away from his longtime home in the Republican Party.

Or maybe you prefer to forget about politics for a while. Books can help with that too: We bring you Lee Child’s latest thriller, Kathryn Harrison’s latest memoir, a biography of Nietzsche and two books (a memoir and a story collection) from the unjustly neglected 20th-century writer Lucia Berlin, who is finally and happily starting to get her due.

Source: New York Time