‘American Filth,’ by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron, Jan. 21)
Lydia, a bookstore proprietor, had a nice life in Acapulco earlier than the arrival of a violent cartel referred to as Los Jardineros. After her husband publishes an exposé concerning the group’s chief within the native newspaper, her household is massacred, and Lydia and her younger son should go on the run. This novel is a heart-stopping story of survival, hazard and love, as they undertake the grueling journey to america.
‘American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Cash and Energy,’ by Andrea Bernstein (Norton, Jan. 14)
Bernstein, an investigative journalist, maps the 2 households’ paths to the White Home, describing their arrival in america as immigrants, how they amassed and hid wealth, and the way they leveraged their political energy.
‘Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Yr Rivalry That Unraveled Tradition, Faith, and Collective Reminiscence within the Center East,’ by Kim Ghattas (Holt, Jan. 28)
Going again to 1979 — the peak of the Iranian Revolution that introduced down the monarchy and ushered in an Islamist authorities — Ghattas exhibits how Saudi Arabia and Iran’s fractured relationship has had profound penalties for the whole area. Ghattas, a Lebanese journalist who has lined the Center East for many years, focuses on individuals whose lives have been upended by the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, together with the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in 2018.
‘Cleanness,’ by Garth Greenwell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Jan. 14)
On this follow-up to his debut novel, “What Belongs to You,” Greenwell returns to his unnamed narrator, an American educating in Bulgaria, who’s now getting ready to depart. Need, longing and taboo all converge right here, because the instructor displays on the encounters and relationships that formed him.
A new collection of short stories by the author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God” includes eight selections that were recently discovered in archives and periodicals. The stories here deal with race, class, migration and love, and are an invaluable window into African-American experiences during the Harlem Renaissance.
‘Long Bright River,’ by Liz Moore (Riverhead, Jan. 7)
In Moore’s suspenseful new novel, two sisters in Philadelphia are driven apart by the opioid crisis. Kacey is an addict, living on the streets, while Mickey, a police officer, does her best to keep tabs on her sister. Kacey vanishes, coinciding with a string of killings, and Mickey races to discover what happened to her sister.
‘Such a Fun Age,’ by Kiley Reid (Putnam, Dec. 31)
The premise for this timely debut novel is anything but simple: the perils of babysitting while black. Emira, who is African-American, is accused by a grocery store security guard of kidnapping her young charge, a white child. Emira is humiliated, angry, and hardly assuaged by her employer’s good-faith efforts to help. But soon the women are bound together as the ramifications of the episode follow them both.
‘Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope,’ by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (Knopf, Jan. 14)
Kristof, a New York Times columnist, and WuDunn, a former reporter at the paper, assess the inequality that’s endemic to the working poor, telling stories from across the country. The heart of the book is set in Kristof’s hometown — Yamhill, Ore. — where nearly a quarter of his classmates have died from overdoses, accidents or suicide. The authors are careful to show not just misery but moments of optimism and resilience, too.
‘Uncanny Valley,’ by Anna Wiener (MCD, Jan. 14)
When Wiener took her first job at a start-up, she was (like many liberal arts majors at the time) ambivalent about tech: intrigued by its promises but aware of the specter of dread surrounding it. “Uncanny Valley” recounts her years working in San Francisco as the tech industry was radically reshaping the country. She’s perceptive about her own motives as well as those of her colleagues. Her insightful, darkly funny memoir may confirm many of your worst fears about big tech and the people driving it.
Why do Gen X women seem to be struggling? As Calhoun contemplated her own malaise and unhappiness, she realized that most women her age were grappling with many of the same worries: insecure finances, stalled careers, the pressures of caregiving. In her book, she explores why for so many Gen Xers — who were raised expecting “to have it all” — it’s practically impossible to keep up.
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