BOTH/AND: A Life in Many Worlds, by Huma Abedin. (Scribner, $30.) Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide opens up about the 2016 election and the very public dissolution of her marriage in this memoir. Abedin shows readers what it was like to be in rooms where decisions are made while bearing the burden of unimaginable choices of her own. “It’s clear from the outset that this book is not a sidekick’s tale, but the story of a person of substance — someone determined to tell her own story,” Susan Dominus writes in her review. “The catalog of her Job-like suffering — the shame to which she was subject for actions other than her own — is at times excruciating to read; but it is as if in uttering those episodes aloud, she ensures that they do not own her.”
SQUIRREL HILL: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood, by Mark Oppenheimer. (Knopf, $28.95.) In 2018, a shooter killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Oppenheimer’s propulsive narrative traces the aftermath as residents bury and mourn, organize rallies, and field the onslaught of national media and “trauma tourists.” “Oppenheimer paints the portrait of an urban neighborhood that never ceded its tightknit Jewish population to the suburbs,” Irina Reyn writes in her review. “How ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ became the site of the most deadly antisemitic attack on American soil and what happened afterward unfold with the precision of the best suspense stories.”
O BEAUTIFUL, by Jung Yun. (St. Martin’s, $27.99.) A journalist risks everything to chase a scoop in the oil fields of her native North Dakota, only to discover it’s not the story she was expecting. This mesmerizing and timely novel, the author’s second, provides an on-ramp into conversations about racism, environmentalism, journalism, economics and sisterhood. “The loudest voices in ‘O Beautiful’ are the ones we never hear,” Elisabeth Egan writes in her latest Group Text column. “They’re the perspectives and experiences of women who have disappeared” — principally, “the 28 women, teenagers and girls (‘a figure that’s both shockingly high and surely an undercount’) from the Mahua tribe who have been reported missing over a period of two years. When Elinor turns her attention to their stories, her article — and her future as a woman of words — begins to take shape.”
What Is the 1619 Project?
Acknowledging a historic moment. In August 2019, The New York Times Magazine launched the 1619 Project, spearheaded by Nikole Hannah-Jones. The project explored the history of slavery in the United States and was released to coincide with the anniversary of a ship carrying the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies.
THE LAST THING: New & Selected Poems, by Patrick Rosal. (Karen & Michael Braziller/Persea, $26.95.) Physical exuberance takes flight in Rosal’s poetry, which counters emotional and historical pain with sheer delight in the body. His newest work abandons realism for dream visions and monologues. “The language in these pages remains visceral, demotic, open to all comers and capable of neat aural effects,” Stephanie Burt writes in her review. “Rosal’s lively vernacular — especially in the lengthier, newer poems — can sound almost improvised, proudly suited for oral delivery: The poems invite us to hear them out loud.”
AGAINST SILENCE, by Frank Bidart. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) Bidart’s poems float and swerve, at once cinematic and oddly intimate. Here he seems interested in individual and collective ethics, and sees a threat in silence — both the kind that opposes speech in life and the kind found in death, which we’re all up against. “Bidart is exciting to read and hard to explain,” Daisy Fried writes, reviewing the book alongside four other recent poetry collections. “Bidart is dispassionate but never detached; at his most thinky he often seems most tender. His poems recognize, and help us recognize, the inherent harm in what we hold dear, defend and even worship.”
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