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Sunday, March 03, 2019

11 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.


Crime and punishment are everywhere in this week’s recommended titles, from Patrick Radden Keefe’s “Say Nothing” (the true account of a 1972 murder in Northern Ireland) to Don Winslow’s “The Border” (the last novel in his trilogy about the drug trade) to Andrew G. McCabe’s “The Threat” (a memoir about the F.B.I. by its former deputy director). Post-Oscars, we also recommend a film critic’s take on Hollywood’s sexual subtexts; and post-democracy (kidding! I hope!) we suggest some histories to offer perspective — a look at how the Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson turned segregation into federal policy, a celebration of black women who smashed boundaries, a study of American political polarization and its consequences.

If you get quite enough of that elsewhere thank you, and turn to reading precisely to escape the noise and the chaos, well, we hear you. And we quietly urge you to pick up Jane Brox’s book “Silence,” which considers the uses and abuses of enforced quiet from monasteries to prisons.

Source: New York Time