New in Paperback: ‘Love in the Blitz’ and ‘Sunny Days’

By Jennifer Krauss

LOVE IN THE BLITZ: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front, by Eileen Alexander. (Harper, 496 pp., $17.99.) Imagine how Jane Austen “might have witnessed the Blitz, and you have a sense of this wonderful book,” our reviewer, Thomas E. Ricks, raved about these recently discovered letters from a future translator of Georges Simenon’s detective novels to her lover in the R.A.F.

PIZZA GIRL, by Jean Kyoung Frazier. (Anchor, 208 pp., $16.) “With every delivery run,” our Group Text columnist, Elizabeth Egan, wrote, the newly pregnant 18-year-old Korean-American heroine of this “fresh, funny, bittersweet” debut novel “hands over warm boxes of pizza and grabs quick slices of life through customers’ half-open doors” as she weighs her deep ambivalence toward motherhood.

IF IT BLEEDS, by Stephen King. (Scribner, 448 pp., $18.) Unable to sleep in the first weeks of the pandemic, our reviewer, Ruth Franklin, found King’s latest collection of novellas — “about the seductions and corruptions of technology, the extremes of beauty and depravity in even the most ordinary life, the workings of a universe we can never entirely understand” — surprisingly “good company in the dark.”

SUNNY DAYS: The Children’s Television Revolution That Changed America, by David Kamp. (Simon & Schuster, 352 pp., $17.99.) “Lively and bewitching” is what our reviewer, Melena Ryzik, called Kamp’s account of the late 1960s to late 1970s shows that “dared to take children’s interior lives seriously,” “strove for parity in race and gender” and grasped the “media literacy of little kids.”

THE BURNING: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, by Tim Madigan. (St. Martin’s Griffin, 320 pp., $17.99.) Marking the 100th anniversary of the horrific event that destroyed the prosperous all-Black community of Greenwood — after the arrest of a Black shoeshine boy on the false charge of assaulting a white elevator girl — this paperback edition of Madigan’s 2001 book features a new afterword.

LITTLE EYES, by Samanta Schweblin. Translated by Megan McDowell. (Riverhead, 256 pp., $16.) “A brisk survey of 21st-century life” seen through the “inscrutable camera eyes” of a toylike, mechanical pet — a surveillance fad available in 12 varieties modeled on animals of the Chinese zodiac — this “dark, quick, strangely joyful” novel-in-stories, as our reviewer, J. Robert Lennon, put it, is “as expansive and ambitious as an epic.”

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