SABRINA & CORINA: Stories, by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. (One World, 240 pp., $17.) The distinctive Latinx voice and vision of this debut collection, a finalist for the National Book Award, emanates from both the author’s Philippine roots and the Indigenous cultures of the American West, where she was born. In its “fierce and essential stories,” our reviewer, May-Lan Tan, observed, “history always resurfaces, and the landscape mirrors the cycles at play in the characters’ lives.”
THE PORPOISE, by Mark Haddon. (Vintage, 320 pp., $16.95.) In this “provocative” novel, Haddon revisits the part of Shakespeare’s “Pericles” likely not penned by Shakespeare to grant a princess and her abusers “poetic justice.” In the words of our reviewer, Sarah Lyall, Haddon’s writing is “beautiful, almost hallucinatory at times.”
SAVE ME THE PLUMS: My Gourmet Memoir, by Ruth Reichl. (Random House, 304 pp., $18.) “Juicier than a porterhouse steak” is how our reviewer, Kate Betts, described the former New York Times restaurant critic’s “poignant and hilarious” look back at the 10 years when she was editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.
THE IMPEACHERS: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation, by Brenda Wineapple. (Random House, 592 pp., $20.) Our critic Jennifer Szalai called this analysis of the first impeachment of an American president “incisive” and “illuminating.” Wineapple concludes that the process “worked,” by demonstrating that Johnson was “not a king,” that “actions have consequences” and that our government, “with its checks and balances, could maintain itself without waging war.”
DOXOLOGY, by Nell Zink. (Ecco, 416 pp., $17.99.) The title of this novel about two ’80s hipsters who marry, struggle, play in rock bands, experience 9/11 and parent a 21st-century activist daughter denotes praise, and our critic Dwight Garner heaped it on: “Like a mosquito, Zink vectors in on the neck of our contemporary paranoia”; she has “a feral appetite for news of our species, good and ill”; her book is “a ragged chunk of ecstatic cerebral-satirical intellection. It’s bliss.”
THE GUARDED GATE: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America, by Daniel Okrent. (Scribner, 496 pp., $20.) Our reviewer, Linda Gordon, called this history of American nativism from the mid-19th century to the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924 — in place until 1965 — “vivid” and “chilling.”
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