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Sunday, July 22, 2018

7 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. 

Fiction edges out nonfiction among our recommended titles this week — especially family stories, with parent-child relationships at the heart of new novels by Katie Williams (“Tell the Machine Goodnight”), Evgenia Citkowitz (“The Shades”) and Rumaan Alam (“That Kind of Mother”). You may recognize Rumaan’s name from the NYT Books briefing he emails every Tuesday — you should subscribe, if you haven’t already! — and I’m happy to vouch that he’s just as charming in person as he is in your inbox. And on the page, too. Here’s how his novel starts: “The book lied. Books lied; she knew that. … What could a book tell you?”

Plenty, we hope, even the ones that lie. Along with another novel (Keith Gessen’s “A Terrible Country,” this time about a grandparent-grandchild relationship), the week’s other suggestions include an urbane and wide-ranging essay collection, an argument for cash handouts from the government and a memoir of life as a stenographer in the Obama White House.
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Source: New York Times