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New in Paperback: ‘Cherry,’ ‘My Year of Rest and Relaxation’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week. AMERICAN PRISON: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment, by Shane Bauer. (Penguin, $18.) Bauer, a Mother Jones journalist, worked undercover as a guard at a private prison in rural Louisiana for months before he was discovered. This book, one of the Book Review’s 10 […]

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A Dark Comedy About Life at the Heart of the European Union

THE CAPITAL By Robert Menasse Translated by Jamie Bulloch Fenia Xenopoulou grew up in an impoverished Cypriot village where the shimmering silver leaves of the olive trees served as a mirage to blind the tourists to the misery around them. As a girl she dragged bottles of mineral water up the mountainside to sell to […]

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9 New Books We Recommend This Week

“I have a lot of apps open in my brain right now,” Lin-Manuel Miranda once said. We know the feeling. That quote turns up late in David Epstein’s new book, “Range,” which reassures committed dilettantes that there’s merit in the generalist’s approach to life: When you’re “facing uncertain environments,” Epstein writes, “breadth of experience is […]

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A Border Novel That Captures Immigrants in All Their Humanity

WHERE WE COME FROM By Oscar Cásares Immigration, as an issue, is ever-present. Since the earliest days of his candidacy and up through his latest tweetstorm, Donald Trump has kept front and center the question of who should be allowed into the country. It’s created a situation in which immigrants themselves are never far from […]

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The Life and Crimes of America’s Original ‘Welfare Queen’

THE QUEEN The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth By Josh Levin Ronald Reagan, the former star of “Bedtime for Bonzo,” was having trouble gaining traction in the presidential race he hoped to upend. It was 1976, and as the new candidate shook hands in diners, gymnasiums and town fairs, he hit upon a crowd-pleaser, […]

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5 Books That Shed Light on D-Day

It’s been 75 years since the Allied forces landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, to fight the Nazi occupation in Europe. These books take a kaleidoscopic view of that momentous day. THE LONGEST DAY: The Classic Epic of D-Day, June 6, 1944 by Cornelius Ryan First published in 1959, this book is a classic […]

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Remembering Tin House, a Literary Haven for ‘Brilliant Weirdos’

The great fame of American literary magazines is that almost no one reads them. Some so-called little magazines boast a three-figure readership; to reach the very low five figures is a rare achievement. The second best-known fact about literary magazines is that they are financially vulnerable. No one makes money from a literary magazine, and […]

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New in Paperback: ‘Amity and Prosperity,’ ‘The Great Believers’

Six new paperbacks to check out this week. AMITY AND PROSPERITY: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold. (Picador, $18.) This exhaustively researched account traces the devastating effects of fracking on a Pennsylvania town: illnesses, toxic waste, a collapsing middle class. The book, which won a Pulitzer Prize this year, captures the […]