8 new books we recommend this week

BOTH / ET: A life in several worlds, by Huma Abedin. (Scribner, $ 30.) Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide talks about the 2016 election and the very public dissolution of her marriage in these memoir. Abedin shows readers what it was like to be in rooms where decisions are made while bearing the burden of one’s own unimaginable choices. “It’s clear from the start that this book is not the tale of a sidekick, but the story of an important person – someone determined to tell their own story,” Dominus writes in her review. “The catalog of her Job-like suffering – the shame she was subjected to for actions other than her own – is sometimes excruciating to read; but it’s as if by saying these episodes out loud, she makes sure they don’t own her.

SQUIRREL HILL: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood, by Mark Oppenheimer. (Knopf, $ 28.95.) In 2018, a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Oppenheimer’s propelling tale traces the aftermath of the burial and mourning of residents, the organization of rallies, and the attack on national media and “traumatized tourists.” “Oppenheimer paints the portrait of an urban district which has never ceded its Jewish population united to the suburbs,” writes Irina Reyn in her review. “How ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ became the site of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack on American soil and what happened after that unfolds with the precision of the best suspenseful stories.”

BEAUTIFUL, by Jung Yun. (Saint-Martin, $ 27.99.) A journalist risks it all to hunt for a scoop in the oil fields of her native North Dakota, only to find that this is not the story she expected. This fascinating and timely novel, the author’s second, provides a launch pad for conversations about racism, environmentalism, journalism, economics and brotherhood. “The loudest voices in ‘O Beautiful’ are the ones we never hear,” writes Elisabeth Egan in her latest column, Group Text. “These are the perspectives and experiences of women who have gone missing” – primarily, “the 28 women, adolescents and girls (” a number both shockingly high and surely underestimated “) from the Mahua tribe who have been reported missing over a two-year period. When Elinor turns her attention to their stories, her article – and her future as a woman of words – begins to take shape.

THE LAST THING: New and selected poems, by Patrick Rosal. (Karen and Michael Braziller / Persea, $ 26.95.) The physical exuberance takes off in Rosal’s poetry, which combats emotional and historical pain with pure bodily pleasure. His most recent work abandons realism for dreamlike visions and monologues. “The language of these pages remains visceral, demotic, open to all and capable of neat sound effects,” writes Stephanie Burt in her review. “Rosal’s living vernacular – especially in the longest and most recent poems – can seem almost improvised, proudly suited for oral delivery: the poems invite us to hear them aloud. “

AGAINST THE SILENCE, by Franck Bidart. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $ 25.) Bidart’s poems float and shift, both cinematographic and strangely intimate. Here he seems to be interested in individual and collective ethics, and sees a threat in silence – both that which opposes speech in life and that found in death, to which we all face. “Bidart is exciting to read and difficult to explain,” writes Daisy Fried, examining the book alongside four other recent poetry collections. “Bidart is impartial but never detached; at its most thoughtful it often seems the most tender. His poems recognize, and help us to recognize, the evil inherent in what is dear to us, forbidden and even revered. “

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