THE ZEN OF THEAPY: Discover a hidden kindness in life, by Mark Epstein. (Penguin Press, $27.) A poignant and heartwarming memoir of a year in the consulting room of Epstein, a practicing psychologist and Buddhist. He explores the basic wisdom that psychotherapy and Buddhism share, to show how it can help us on the path to fulfillment. “The unifying stance that Epstein identified in Buddhism and in best therapy,” wrote Oliver Burkeman in his review, “is the willingness to pay attention, while leaving people and emotions as they are. inherent.”
SMALL WORLD, by Jonathan Evans. (Dutton, $28.) Evison’s expansive new novel explores the lives of some of the passengers on the fateful train to Seattle, as well as the lives of their 19th-century ancestors. Together he weaves a tale of the West, examining injustices and inequalities across generations and cultures while maintaining a firm belief in the human capacity to be benevolent. “The novel is endearing in part because it deals with generosity and hope,” TaraShea Nesbit wrote in her review. “The small world is ambitious, showing our connection across time, place and cultures. … The final pages, so earnestly and directly, can be sentimental, which may be the riskiest move of all. ”
FINAL CASE, by David Guterson. (Knopf, $27.) Guterson, perhaps best known for “Snow Falling on Cedars,” returns with a lighthearted, closely observed and often surprising father-son novel that revolves around a criminal trial. The verdict in this case isn’t just about the people in the courtroom, it’s about familial love and its complicated, hidden passions. “Guterson is the kind of writer that people say, when it comes to things like that, ‘I’ll read him, even if he writes the phone book,’” Scott Turow wrote in reviewing the novel. “Each sentence has a graceful weight and measure and is illuminated by a subtle intelligence that makes his descriptions compelling yet never ostentatious.”
MANIFESTER: Never give up, by Bernardine Evaristo. (Grove, 27 dollars.) The Booker Prize-winning author’s debut memoir, “Girl, Woman, Other,” recounts her upbringing in a mixed-race Catholic family in London, and her long, difficult road to success. literary stardom – with romantic challenges and youthful abandon along the way. “A more lighthearted work than her novel, and more bluntly, ‘The Manifesto’ is a well-executed behind-the-scenes companion text,” said our reviewer, Quiara Alegría Hudes, The book “offers an irresistible paradoxical invitation to writers: Create a literature of those left behind, by setting your heart free.”
THE STEAL: Attempt to Subvert the 2020 Election and Those Who Stopped It, by Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague. (Atlantic monthly, $28.) The authors pay tribute to the mostly unknown Republican officials in local politics who resisted their party’s pressure to overturn the 2020 election – and played a key role in preserving American democracy. In his review, Luke Broadwater calls it a “lean, fast-paced, and critical account of the tumultuous final weeks of the Trump administration” that provides “a look at the election through the eyes of state and county officials”.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/books/review/12-new-books-we-recommend-this-week.html 12 new books we’re introducing this week