The Week in Books
We take the weekend to highlight recent books coverage from The Times:
A tour of The Book Review:
The noted historian Robert A. Caro, known for his monumental biographies of Robert Moses and President Lyndon B. Johnson, has a new book out, “Working,” a collection of pieces about how he writes his prizewinning books. Caro also visited our podcast this week and talked about his writing process, his most uncomfortable interview (spoiler alert: It was with Lady Bird Johnson) and more.
“This volume is bleak,” the environmentalist Bill McKibben writes in his latest book, “Falter,” about climate change and other threats to civilization. “Still, there is one sense in which I am less grim than in my younger days. This book ends with the conviction that resistance to these dangers is at least possible.”
The soccer star Abby Wambach has a new book out, “Wolfpack,” and she answers our By the Book questions this week. Wambach started playing soccer after borrowing a how-to guide from the library. “I scored 27 goals in my first three games,” she says. “I guess I do owe it all to books.”
Reviews from the staff critics:
No time to read all 448 pages of the Mueller report? Our critic Dwight Garner wrote a book review of the document, saying that it “feels less like an ending than an uncertain beginning. It plants seeds into the ground.”
Separately, he reviewed “Baby, I Don’t Care,” a poetry collection by Chelsey Minnis that was partly inspired by film noir. Garner called it “one of the most unusual and persuasive books of poems I’ve read in some time.”
In “The Body Papers,” Grace Talusan writes about her experience as an immigrant to the United States, her survival of childhood abuse and returning to visit the Philippines, her native country. “Talusan describes such experiences with unadorned prose that conveys a startling specificity,” Jennifer Szalai writes.
Ann Petry’s “The Street,” published in 1946, was the first book by a black woman to sell more than a million copies. The Library of America has reissued the novel, along with another by Petry, “The Narrows.” “Petry wrote unabashed protest art, in the mode of Steinbeck and Stephen Crane,” Parul Sehgal writes.
The rise of ‘attention lit’
The subject of attention is everywhere in publishing these days, spanning genres from self-help to satire to fiction. Here’s a look at the growing number of books that take up the subject.
Looking for your next read?
Here are 10 new books our editors recommend this week, including Sally Rooney’s new novel and Ruth Reichl’s latest memoir, and a list of our most anticipated titles of the month.
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