Books

New in Paperback:

THE BOOK OF EATING: Adventures in Professional Gluttony, by Adam Platt. (Ecco, 272 pp., $17.99.) Gout, expandable belts, diets, countless bottles of antacid tablets: Platt, the longtime food critic for New York magazine, dishes up a painfully honest account of what it’s like to eat for a living. “He’s maniacally self-deprecating,” Dwight Garner wrote in The Times last year. “He serves good stories because he doesn’t over-batter them.”

BUSTED IN NEW YORK: And Other Essays, by Darryl Pinckney. (Picador, 416 pp., $19.) In the depth and breadth of these pieces, which range from the Million Man March to the gentrification of Harlem to the streets of Ferguson, Mo., Pinckney “reveals himself to be a skillful chronicler of Black experience in literary criticism, reportage and biography,” our reviewer, Lauretta Charlton, wrote.

LITTLE DARLINGS, by Melanie Golding. (Crooked Lane Books, 328 pp., $16.99.) Our horror columnist, Danielle Trussoni, loved this debut novel about a woman’s descent into paranoia after delivering twins: “Golding’s portrait of new motherhood was so spot on, so filled with the horrible and gruesome realities of childbirth, and the infantilization of women by the medical system, that I couldn’t turn away.”

IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado. (Graywolf, 272 pp., $16.) Each chapter of this gutting memoir — which explores Machado’s abusive relationship with another woman while in graduate school — “hews to the conventions of a different genre: road trip, romance novel, creature feature, lesbian pulp novel, stoner comedy,” Parul Sehgal explained in her Times review. “It is a book in shards.”

A GOOD AMERICAN FAMILY: The Red Scare and My Father, by David Maraniss. (Simon & Schuster, 432 pp., $17.) Seventy years after the House Un-American Activities Committee accused his father of being a member of the Communist Party, Maraniss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, “used his prodigious research skills to produce a story that leaves one aching with its poignancy, its finely wrought sense of what was lost, both in his home and in our nation,” Kevin Baker wrote in these pages.

OLIVE, AGAIN, by Elizabeth Strout. (Random House, 320 pp., $18.) Olive Kitteridge, the tart, irritable retired math teacher who groused her way through Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel, “fully deserves the sensitive and satisfying follow-up that Strout has written about her,” our reviewer, John McMurtrie, opined last year.

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