New in Paperback: ‘Brother & Sister’ and ‘The Resisters’

BROTHER & SISTER: A Memoir, by Diane Keaton. (Vintage, 192 pp., $16.) Made up of journal entries, letters, poetry and collages — of which Keaton’s younger brother made hundreds as he descended into mental illness — this memoir charts the ebb and flow of a close sibling relationship. Elisabeth Egan, who interviewed the Oscar-winning actress for our Inside the List column, called it “brave.”

THE RESISTERS, by Gish Jen. (Vintage, 320 pp., $16.95.) The dissidents in Jen’s A.I. police state “practice a variety of endearingly anachronistic and possibly illegal activities: gardening, knitting sweaters, reading novels and — most unexpectedly — playing baseball,” our reviewer, Karen Thompson Walker, quipped, noting that this “might be the only dystopian novel whose climax involves a tense, high-stakes baseball game.”

IMPERFECT UNION: How Jessie and John Frémont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War, by Steve Inskeep. (Penguin, 480 pp., $18.) “This book makes clear that running for president was at least as ugly in 1856 as it is today,” the Times critic Janet Maslin wrote about Inskeep’s dual biography of the first Republican presidential candidate and the bigoted, fame-seeking wife who was his stealth political adviser and press agent.

GENIUS & ANXIETY: How Jews Changed the World, 1847-1947, by Norman Lebrecht. (Scribner, 464 pp., $20.) Along with Marx, Freud, Kafka and Einstein, Lebrecht includes lesser-known figures, from the creator of blood types to the Jewish scientist behind the pesticide Zyklon A, which paved the way for Zyklon B, later used in gas chambers by the Nazis.

THE FIRSTS: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress, by Jennifer Steinhauer. (Algonquin, 288 pp., $16.95.) Among the 35 women newly elected to the House in 2018 whom Steinhauer follows are the first Muslims, the first Native Americans and the two youngest. In her “intimate,” “witty,” sometimes “acerbic” account, the veteran Times congressional reporter is “often a few steps ahead of the newcomers,” our reviewer, Ellen Fitzpatrick, wryly observed.

ENTER THE AARDVARK, by Jessica Anthony. (Back Bay, 192 pp., $15.99.) With “boundless energy and innovation,” according to our reviewer, Ben Greenman, this political satire of public vs. private life sets a Victorian relationship between a naturalist and a taxidermist against a present-day closeted relationship between a Republican congressman and a philanthropist.

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