8 new books we’re introducing this week

WATERGATE: New History, by Garrett M. Graff. (Avid Reader, $35.) Using all of the recent scholarship on the denial of death scandal, Graff presents a vivid, comprehensive account full of sad, strange, and amusing characters, not least of which is Richard himself. Nixon. Douglas Brinkley, in reviewing it, called the book “brilliant”: “Graff explores the dramatic scope of the Watergate story through its participants,” he wrote, and “with concrete detail, Graff writes. about white-collar criminals, hound-like men and con artists who focused on the outer rings of Nixon’s covert operations. “

CHILEAN POET, by Alejandro Zambra. Translation by Megan McDowell. (The Vikings, $27.) Zambra’s novel (about, yes, Chile and poetry) is about Gonzalo and Vicente, a Chilean stepfather and son, who have a complicated relationship with each other and also in poetry. Zambra uses their relationship to think through literature, and literally, inheritance. “As its humorous title suggests, ‘Chilean Poet’ complicates the notion of an artistic author rooted in national identity while also admitting, with a light and humorous shrug of the shoulders, humour, not one to give up easily,” Jennifer Wilson, our contributing essayist, wrote in her review.

STOLEN FOCUS: Why you can’t pay attention – and how to think deeply again, by Johann Hari. (Crown, $28.) The author of “Disconnected” and “Chasing the Scream” explores how technology disrupts our ability to focus. Hari focuses on the experience of living with too much information and stress, too little sleep, and open belly button. “Some of the chapters are very inspiring, such as the one that focuses on the concept of flow,” wrote Cathy O’Neil, reviewing the book alongside Jacob Ward’s “The Loop” (also about the influence of technology). for our behavior). “Even just focusing on attention for the time being is helpful and will ultimately provide readers with a novel and worthwhile way to measure the quality of our attention.”

HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE NIGHT, by Sequoia Nagamatsu. (Tomorrow, $27.99.) A devastating virus has plagued the world in this debut novel (mostly written before Covid), with a series of creative responses to the plague: among them, the Deadly amusement park and talking robot pets for help. “If you are a lover of short stories – as am I – you will be impressed with Nagamatsu’s meticulousness,” Lincoln Michel wrote in his review. “If you crave lasting character arcs and plots, then, you will have to be determined to admire well-honed prose, profound meditations, and unconventional concepts. Mostly petty pleasures.”

WOMEN RUN ON THE MOUNTAIN, by Yuko Tsushima. Translation by Geraldine Harcourt. (New York Review Book, paper, $17.95.) Originally published in 1980, this delicately powerful novel is about a single mother named Takiko who struggles to define herself while dealing with the pressures of parenthood. Anderson Tepper writes: ‘Her son became a source of unspeakable joy, although there was still something of a mystery. “When Takiko meets Kambayashi, a soft-spoken gardener, her complex emotions intensify, and the novel really takes off.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/books/review/8-new-books-we-recommend-this-week.html 8 new books we’re introducing this week

Fry Electronics Team

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