New in Paperback: ‘What You Are Going Through,’ ‘Finding Freedom’
By Tina Jordan
LITTLE CRUELTIES, by Liz Nugent. (Gallery/Scout Press, 352 pp., $16.99.) Sarah Lyall found this Irish thriller about the extremely unpleasant, possibly homicidal Drumm brothers “clever,” adding, “One of the delights, if that is the right word, of this book is how thoroughly the author delves into the details of the family’s world-class dysfunction.”
THE SMALLEST LIGHTS IN THE UNIVERSE: A Memoir, by Sara Seager. (Crown, 336 pp., $17.) In this “stark, bewitching” book, Seager — an astrophysicist at M.I.T. — describes not just her love of space and the struggles she’s faced in her career but also what it was like to lose her husband at a young age. Her prose, Anthony Doerr wrote in his review, “is full of blues and blacks, written in the ink of grief, suffering, healing and — ultimately — clarity.”
A VERY PUNCHABLE FACE: A Memoir, by Colin Jost. (Crown, 336 pp., $17.) The longtime “Saturday Night Live” writer and co-anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update” segment has delivered a book tinged with “dry wit and, as his title indicates, a great deal of self-deprecation,” our reviewer, Peter Keepnews, wrote.
FINDING FREEDOM: Harry and Meghan, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. (Dey Street, 400 pp., $16.99.) If you’re looking for a primer to the saga of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this book is a good place to start — at least until Prince Harry’s own memoir is published. There’s a new epilogue that addresses many of the things the couple has gone through since the hardcover came out last year: the birth of a daughter, the death of Prince Philip and, of course, that interview with Oprah.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING THROUGH, by Sigrid Nunez. (Riverhead, 224 pp., $17.) A woman accompanies her Susan Sontag-like best friend, who’s dying of cancer, through the last months of her life. “This novel has sorrow in it,” Dwight Garner wrote. “It’s also quite funny.” At one point, another character refers to their bond as “Lucy and Ethel Do Euthanasia.”
GOD’S SHADOW: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World, by Alan Mikhail. (Liveright, 512 pp., $19.95.) Mikhail’s thesis — “whether politicians, pundits and traditional historians like it or not, the world we inhabit is very much an Ottoman one” — is provocative, but he develops a strong case for it. As our reviewer, Ian Morris, noted, “The highest praise for a history book is that it makes you think about things in a new way.”
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