By Miguel Salazar
TO MAKE MEN FREE: A History of the Republican Party, by Heather Cox Richardson. (Basic, 560 pp., $19.99.) In this 2014 book, updated with a new epilogue for the paperback, Richardson looks back over a century and a half to chart “the twists and permutations as Republicans of many eras waged their internecine battles,” our reviewer, Jonathan Rauch, noted.
NOBODY EVER ASKED ME ABOUT THE GIRLS: Women, Music and Fame, by Lisa Robinson. (Picador, 272 pp., $17.) Drawing from decades of interviews with stars like Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks and Rihanna, Robinson’s oral history highlights sexism in the music industry and those who perpetuate it. “Acerbic and authoritative,” as our reviewer, Lauretta Charlton, put it, “the book is best read as a cautionary tale for women tempted by show business.”
NIGHTS WHEN NOTHING HAPPENED, by Simon Han. (Riverhead, 272 pp., $17.) This debut novel follows a Chinese immigrant family living in Plano, Texas, and is told through shifting perspectives in a voice that, according to Thessaly La Force, who reviewed the book for us, “embodies the monotony of feeling out of place, of realizing that life continues to roll forward, even if all you experience is inertia.”
KRAFT, by Jonas Lüscher, translated from the German by Tess Lewis. (Picador, 224 pp., $17.) “Fraudulence, in Jonas Lüscher’s world, is a universal,” Rob Doyle observed in our pages. In this book, a German professor stuck in a crumbling marriage and a mountain of debt enters a million-dollar contest where he must compose a stirring lecture arguing why the current world is still, despite all evidence, the best of all possible worlds.
YOU LOVE ME, by Caroline Kepnes. (Random House, 432 pp., $17.) “Caroline Kepnes must be some kind of storytelling sorcerer,” Sarah Weinman wrote in her review. Kepnes’s absorbing narrator, Joe Goldberg, the multiple murderer who demonstrates “the shattered barrier between id and superego,” is back for a third book.
AMERICA AND IRAN: A History, 1720 to the Present, by John Ghazvinian. (Vintage, 688 pp., $18.) “Untangling facts from fictions, platitudes of ideology from the realities of politics (or policies), in the 300-year history of United States-Iran relations is an enormous task,” Abbas Milani, our reviewer, commented. Ghazvinanian’s attempt is “extensive and wide-ranging,” but it is also “delightfully readable, genuinely informative and impressively literate.”
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