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Sunday, February 24, 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 John Williams, Daily Books Editor and Staff Writer.

It’s a truism that books help us imagine our way into other people’s lives, and the books on this week’s list do it in a remarkable variety of ways. There’s historical fiction that visits the relatively recent past (Tennessee Williams and his social milieu come to life in Christopher Castellani’s “Leading Men”) and the very recent past (Thomas Mallon’s “Landfall” is a novel about George W. Bush and his presidency). Valeria Luiselli’s innovative new novel asks us to imagine the pain and sacrifice in the lives of those who arrive at the American border. Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom offer evocative stories about being black in America. Esmé Weijun Wang’s essays give us a firsthand idea of what it’s like to experience schizophrenia.

Also this week: A look at America’s “territorial empire,” an ingenious satirical novel, a memoir about grief and Virginia Woolf, the biography of a powerful and influential first lady, and Elizabeth McCracken’s long-awaited new novel, “Bowlaway.”