MIGRATION, by Charlotte McConaghy. (Flatiron, 288 pages, $ 16.99.) “The sons of the sea that serve as journeys of self-discovery have been the exclusive literary domain of men for too long, and McConaghy deserves extra credit for probing the ocean depths of the female soul,” wrote Michael Christie in his review of the young Australian. -the reinvention of “Moby-Dick” by the adult author. In her dystopian version, a “mysteriously damaged” woman follows arctic birds on what may be their final migration.
BREAKING BEAUTY: A Memory, by Michèle Harper. (Riverhead, 304 pages, $ 16.) An emergency physician tells her own story of heartbreak and healing through encounters with her patients. Our Group Text columnist Elisabeth Egan called the book “captivating, heartbreaking, sometimes difficult, always inspiring”.
FIRE THE HOUSE: Newt Gingrich and the rise of the New Republican Party, by Julian E. Zelizer. (Penguin, 368 pages, $ 18.) In his “insightful but deeply unflattering” portrayal of the former Speaker of the House, Zelizer criticizes Republican Party leaders for fueling Gingrich’s insurgency, noting that while the party’s ancestors in the early 1950s used Joseph McCarthy to attack his opponents, they never made him his boss.
THE BOHEMES: The lovers who led Germany’s resistance against the Nazis, by Norman Ohler. (Marinate, 320 pages, $ 16.99.) Best known in Germany as a novelist, Ohler weaves a “meticulously researched tale” about a pair of resilient, free-spirited young people that “reads like a thriller but is backed up by 20 pages of footnotes,” he said. Ariana Neumann points out in her review.
THESE FEVER DAYS: ten pivotal moments in the making of Emily Dickinson, by Martha Ackmann. (Norton, 336 pages, $ 16.95.) Our reviewer, Megan Marshall, described Ackmann’s meditation on life-transforming episodes in the life of the iconic 19th-century poet as “a book that I have consistently fallen in love with … yet completely absorbed”. She praised Ackmann’s “deep knowledge” and “energetic design”, but found his presumptuous “excursions” into Dickinson’s mind “confusing”.
LOVE AFTER LOVE, by Ingrid Persaud. (One world, 336 pages, $ 17.) Entitled after a poem by Derek Walcott, who lived in Persaud’s native Trinity, this “first stellar novel”, in the words of our critic Gabriel Bump, speaks “of an unconventional family, of fear, of hatred, violence, the pursuit of love, its loss and its discovery. again just when we need it most.