New this week:
THIS LAND By Dan Barry. (Black Dog & Leventhal, $29.99.) For a decade, from 2007 to 2017, Barry’s column for The Times explored everyday life and everyday people in America — from a hairdresser in Vicco, Ky., to the owner of a small oil company in Dixfield, Me. This book collects nearly 100 of his columns, providing a panoramic view of the country as it passed from Bush to Obama to Trump. THE FABULOUS BOUVIER SISTERS By Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. (Harper, $28.99.) A book-length exploration of the complicated sister love between Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill (née Bouvier) — their shared appreciation for fashion and art, as well as the intense jealousy that characterized their relationship. THE ART OF LOGIC IN AN ILLOGICAL WORLD By Eugenia Cheng. (Basic, $27.) Cheng is a mathematician who believes we need to appreciate the value of alogic — emotion, that is — if we want to understand a world filled with irrational behavior. Yet she also thinks smartly applied logic might help address some of our problems. ACCESSORY TO WAR By Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang. (Norton, $30.) The celebrity astrophysicist and a research associate at the Hayden Planetarium examine the ways military branches have used the science of astrophysics to bolster their power. It’s an alliance between science and war-making that has been, Tyson and Lang write, “curiously complicit.” THE PARTING GIFT By Evan Fallenberg. (Other Press, $19.95.) An erotic, mysterious novel set in Israel that takes the form of a letter. The unnamed narrator describes a consuming love affair that threatens his own well-being and that of the man with whom he has fallen in love.
In which we ask colleagues at The Times what they’re reading now.
“Most of my reading these days is taken up with a book project that I’ve been working on for more years than I like to contemplate, but on the advice of a friend, I recently read FLY GIRLS, by Keith O’Brien. It’s probably the most entertaining book I’ve looked at this year, a slice of Americana that gives us a sideways glimpse into what life was like in the 1920s and ’30s, when aviation was a popular spectator sport. O’Brien’s subject is a group of pioneering women aviators who, as one of them put it, had to fight for the same right to die as the men. We all know Amelia Earhart, whom O’Brien manages to diminish somewhat as an icon while elevating her as a human being, but she was only one of many courageous, innovative, barrier-busting women who deserve to be remembered. ‘Fly Girls’ is feminist history of the best kind. It describes individuals who didn’t submerge their identities in feminism, but employed feminism to achieve their identities as individuals.”
— Barry Gewen, an editor at the Book Review
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