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Sunday, June 17, 2018

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

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 
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Debut novelists often have a hard time attracting attention, so publishers and critics look for the little things that set them apart. Are they casting new light on the old neglected story of Native American identity and displacement? Tommy Orange is, with his novel about characters gathering for a tribal powwow in urban Oakland, Calif. Are they bridging the gap between East and West, and testing the nuances of immigration and exile? Negar Djavadi is, with her story of a family of Iranian emigrants to Paris. Are they a former POTUS collaborating with James Patterson on a political thriller about a rogue president who goes missing in the name of national security?

O.K., Bill Clinton might not need the help. But here he is anyway, on this week’s list of recommended titles alongside worthwhile new books from Michael Ondaatje (a novel of war and secrets), Michael Pollan (a deep dive into the world of psychedelic drugs), Catherine Nixey (an exploration of cultural destruction among early Christians) and more.