New in Paperback: ‘Antkind’ and ‘Looking for Miss America’

Must read

[ad_1]

BEGIN AGAIN: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Crown, 288 pp., $17.) Glaude, an African American studies professor at Princeton, didn’t believe white America would ever elect “such a person” as Trump president. “I was wrong, and given my lifelong reading of Baldwin, it was an egregious mistake.” In his latest book, the author of “Democracy in Black” searches Baldwin’s work for answers to “how an insidious view of race … continues to frustrate any effort to ‘achieve our country.’”

VESPER FLIGHTS, by Helen Macdonald. (Grove, 320 pp., $17.) Infused with autobiography, this essay collection by the British author of “H Is for Hawk” “celebrates her country’s wild bounty,” Joshua Hammer wrote in his review, “while exploring its fragility and its relationship to national identity.”

ANTKIND, by Charlie Kaufman. (Random House, 720 pp., $18.) This “riotously funny” debut novel by the Academy Award-winning screenwriter takes us inside an absurdly neurotic film critic’s hallucinogenic mind. Our reviewer, Matthew Specktor, called it “an exceptionally strange book” and “an exceptionally good one.”

ZO, by Xander Miller. (Vintage, 352 pp., $17.) The beating heart of this debut novel about love that’s “desperate to cross socioeconomic class” is its contemporary Haitian setting, our reviewer, Kawai Strong Washburn, observed, and “the stark demands of a life lived amid capricious, grinding poverty.” Washburn praised Miller’s language (“passionate and economical”) and his themes: “tenderness and heroism, the depths of loneliness and peaks of romance,” “the courage of an entire nation.”

LOOKING FOR MISS AMERICA: A Pageant’s 100-Year Quest to Define Womanhood, by Margot Mifflin. (Counterpoint, 320 pp., $17.95.) “Cleareyed about the pageant’s many hypocrisies and failures,” and at its best when profiling individuals — from Yolande Betbeze (1951), who refused to model swimsuits during her reign, to Vanessa Williams (1984), the event’s “own Hester Prynne,” who was its most successful winner — Mifflin’s “lively book,” our reviewer, Molly Fischer, concluded, “reads as an obituary.”

MOTHER DAUGHTER WIDOW WIFE, by Robin Wasserman. (Scribner, 352 pp., $17.) In this “artful meditation on memory and identity,” as our reviewer, Chandler Baker, described Wasserman’s second adult novel, the lives of four narrators “intersect to reveal one big, satisfying secret.”

[ad_2]

- Advertisement -

Amir Khan says he was escorted from US flight ‘for no reason’ | UK...

1
British boxer Amir Khan has said he was escorted from a flight in the US by police “for no reason”.The 34-year-old, who has...

Arts, music featured at Franklin Park event

1
Yaw Asamoah of Dublin was born in the West African nation of Ghana but has lived in central Ohio for 20 years.He retains a...

Amber list scrapped in England travel shake-up | News

2
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced a simplified system for international travel from the UK. He argued the move was possible in light of...

Peter Williams, Who Painted the Black Experience, Dies at 69

1
Peter Williams, whose colorful paintings — sometimes humorous, sometimes disturbing, often both — reflected his own history, Black history and contemporary issues like...

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Covid - 19

Covid Update