LET GOD ORDER THEM: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty, by Maurice Chammah. (Crown, 368 pages, $18.) This well-reported account illustrates the evolution of attitudes towards the death penalty in America and covers the people and legal cases that have slowly brought it closer to extinction. “Chammah is here to remind us that in our lifetime a sea change has occurred,” commented our reviewer, Anand Giridharadas. “It’s not over yet. But it’s all a win. “
FIVE FUNDS, by Kirstin Valdez Quade. (Norton, 448 pages, $17.95.) In this modern interpretation of the five wounds Jesus suffered on the Cross, five generations of the Padilla family converge in a small New Mexico town as they grapple with emotional baggage. . “Quade has created a world filled with compassion and humanity,” noted our reviewer, Alexandra Chang.
WHAT’S MY AND YOURS, by Naima Coster. (Grand Central, 368 pages, $17.99.) This coming-of-age novel revolves around two families, a Black and a Latino of two races, brought together by a development initiative in 1992 and intermarried. Not so bright, sibling rivalry and subsequent revelations. As our reviewer, Lauren Francis-Sharma, commented, “Underneath it all lies tragedy and loads of tender and rich and damning love.”
THE WAY EXPANDED TO COMPETENCE: Abraham Lincoln and the Anti-Slavery Constitution, by James Oakes. (Norton, 288 pages, $17.95.) According to our critic, Gordon S. Wood, Oakes wrote, through a detailed chronology of the political struggle between Northern abolitionists and Southern slave owners in Congress, a “very solid, well-thought-out and coherent book.”
CITY OF A Thousand Gates, by Rebecca Sacks. (Harper Perennial, 400 pages, $16.99.) In this premiere, the lives of Jewish settlers, Palestinian university students, and others converge on the West Bank. As our reviewer, Ayelet Tsabari, has said, “The novel delves into the enduring wounds of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and offers an uncompromising, uncompromising view of harsh reality. of the occupation.”
BLACKWELL DOCTORS: How Pioneers Bring Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine, by Janice P. Nimura. (Norton, 352 pages, $16.95.) As our reviewer, Joanna Scutts, noted, sisters Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, among the first female physicians in the United States, emerge in this biography as “complicated human beings. , full of thorns, who strive and strive to achieve an extraordinary achievement”.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/books/review/new-paperbacks.html New in Paperback: ‘Let God Arrange Them’ and ‘Five Wounds’