New in paperback: ‘The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois’ and ‘Bloodlands’
THE LOVE SONGS OF WEB DU BOIS, by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. (Harper Perennial, 816 pages, $20.) This debut novel, one of Books Review’s 10 Best Books of 2021, tells the converging stories of a black girl growing up in the late 20th century and the “songs” of her reduced Native American and African American ancestors. in slavery. Our reviewer, Veronica Chambers, wrote that it was “simply the best book I’ve read in a very, very long time.”
COUNTRY OF BLOOD: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, by Timothy Snyder. (Basic books, 592 pages, $22.99.) Originally published in 2012, Snyder’s updated account of the gruesome killings in the region between Germany and Russia (Poland, Ukraine, Baltic region and Belarus) by Nazi and Soviet forces includes reflections from the author on the current world situation.
Semicolon : The past, present and future of a misunderstood brand, by Cecelia Watson. (Ecco, 224 pages, $16.99.) This “biography” chronicles the life of the semicolon from its origins in Venice at the end of the 15th century until its decline today. Former Times reviewer Parul Sehgal noted that Watson covers vast ground while “moving back and forth like a sandpiper on the shores of the Great Language Debates”.
I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN, by Joanne Greenberg. (Penguin Classics, 304 pages, $17.) A reissue of Greenberg’s 1964 novel, in which a 16-year-old girl with schizophrenia spends three years in a psychiatric hospital, where she tries to escape an imaginary world. RV Cassill, who originally edited the book for The Times, called it “the culmination of a flight from the Old World to the New”.
THE INTERRUPTED TRIP: Two Hours Lost Aboard a UFO: The Abduction of Betty and Barney Hill, by John Fuller. (Vintage, 464 pages, $18.) In this mainstay of the alien abduction story, originally published in 1966, a New Hampshire couple share the story of their abduction by a UFO while driving down a deserted road one summer night in 1961. It is considered as the first modern affirmation of such an encounter. .
THREE RINGS: A story of exile, narrative and destiny, by Daniel Mendelsohn. (New York Review Books, 128 pages, $15.95.) This book weaves together the stories of three exiled writers who turned to the classics and blends memoir, biography, history and criticism to tell a story that, as our reviewer Becca Rothfeld commented, is “so madly interconnected that it arouses both paranoia and enchantment.