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Sunday, May 19, 2019

10 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. 

People are, like, complicated, you know? I am large, the poet wrote; I contain multitudes. Sometimes it seems as if all of literature exists just to drive home that point, which can be vexing (when it applies to our loved ones) or reassuring (when it applies to our own messy selves). Either way, the complexity of humans underlies a whole lot of relationships and therapy sessions — and books, which are kind of our deal around here. This week we recommend George Packer’s biography of Richard Holbrooke, as complicated a human as ever served in the State Department, along with Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s account of an undocumented Mexican immigrant (she’s complicated) and, speaking of therapy, the analyst Lori Gottlieb’s reflections on her patients and her own time on the couch. There are also a few novels, a collection of Gabriel García Márquez’s journalism and a powerful look at the pervasive problem of domestic violence.
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Source: New York Times