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New in Paperback: ‘Squeeze Me’ and ‘The Inequality Machine’

By Jennifer Krauss SQUEEZE ME, by Carl Hiaasen. (Black Lizard/Vintage Crime, 384 pp., $16.95.) “If you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy,” Janet Maslin wrote of this Mar-a-Lago satire whose title refers to both a python that “promptly swallows” one of the president’s socialite friends (“as an amuse-bouche for readers”) […]

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When Teacups, Burning Lumps of Coal and Eggs Flew Through the Air

THE HAUNTING OF ALMA FIELDINGA True Ghost StoryBy Kate Summerscale There goes an egg, sailing across the living room to smash into a sideboard. And here comes a big chunk of coal, hot from the fireplace, headed straight for somebody’s skull. What do you think — time to call Ghostbusters? The chief spook hunter in […]

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11 New Books We Recommend This Week

This week’s recommended books include a local’s impressionistic rendering of Mexico City, a Chilean novel about life during the Pinochet regime, and journalistic accounts of Rwanda and the family that brought you OxyContin. There are also two essay collections (or essayistic collections), by Jenny Diski and Jo Ann Beard, along with a senator’s memoir and […]

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What Made Our Species Unique: Walking

FIRST STEPSHow Upright Walking Made Us HumanBy Jeremy DeSilva Walking: We marvel when other animals get up on their hind legs and do it, applaud our children when they master it, but most of the time blithely ignore how remarkable a feat it really is. Yet moving bipedally (on two legs) has proved fiendishly tricky […]

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The Twists and Turns of Black History

UNTIL JUSTICE BE DONEAmerica’s First Civil Rights Movement, From the Revolution to ReconstructionBy Kate Masur480 pp. Norton. $32. Assertions that the modern struggle for civil rights was a “long movement” that commenced well before Brown v. Board of Education (1954) have been a subject of recent and ardent debate. While most of these discussions center […]

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A Family, and a Nation Under Apartheid, Tears at the Seams

THE PROMISEBy Damon Galgut For three decades the South African writer Damon Galgut has been assessing his country through scrutiny of its white people. His prior novels include the Booker Prize finalist “The Good Doctor,” set at a clinic in one of apartheid’s forlorn “homelands,” and “The Impostor,” an account of a poet self-exiled to […]

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A Lofty Love Story, With All of the Expected Twists

AT THE END OF THE MATINEEBy Keiichiro HiranoTranslated by Juliet Winters Carpenter “At the End of the Matinee” is the second book by the prizewinning Japanese writer Keiichiro Hirano to be translated into English, following “A Man” in 2020. Like that previous book, it has garnered swooning reviews in Japan and elsewhere. Simply put, it’s […]

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Gabriela Garcia Remembers the Women Who Helped Make Her a Best Seller

MUJER POWER Gabriela Garcia dedicated her debut novel, “Of Women and Salt,” to Iraida Rosa López, her 101-year-old grandmother who emigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1968. In a photograph pinned at the top of Garcia’s Twitter feed, López is wearing jazzy sneakers and holding a Black Lives Matter sign; even without a […]