Recent titles of interest:
Always crashing into the same car: on art, crisis and Los Angeles, California, by Matthew Spector. (Tin House, Paper, $17.95.) The novelist and critic with a keen eye for Hollywood mixes memoir and cultural criticism in this study of classic American failure fiction.
Necessary Kerner Commission Report, Edited and produced by Jelani Cobb with Matthew Guariglia. (Livewrite, Paper, $17.95.) Released in February 1968 in response to widespread civil unrest, this government report is unmatched about police violence and systemic racism. Cobb prepares it for a new era.
The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz: A Powerful True Story of Hope and Survival, by Thomas Gave and Charles Inglefield. (Harper/HarperCollins, $28.99.) As a teenage Holocaust survivor, Gave created dozens of wacky pictures recounting her experience along with her experiences and memories presented here.
El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord by Noah Hurowitz. (Atria, $30.) This biography of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, better known as El Chapo, elaborates on Hurowitz’s reporting for Rolling Stone.
how to find your way in the dark, by Derek B Miller. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26.) A historical revenge novel that brings back the orphaned Jewish protagonist Sheldon Horowitz from Miller’s “Norwegian by Night” (2013).
What we are reading:
In dominicanaIn this book, Angie Cruz tells the story of a young woman named Ana Cancian and her struggles, first in the countryside of the Dominican Republic and then in New York City under a suffocating patriarchal ecosystem.
“Juan Ruiz finally asks for my hand in marriage,” Ana tells readers early in the novel. “I am 15 years old. Juan is 32 years old.”
Cruz has written a story that is common knowledge to us immigrants but rarely shared outside of our communities. Anna’s mother believes her daughter’s marriage is a sure path to prosperity—not only for Ana, but also for the rest of the family: “We’ll all move to New York to be with you, and with I’ll make something,” she says. “I swear to God who is my witness.” And Anna, listening, understands well what her mother is saying: “This marriage is bigger than mine. Juan is the ticket for all of us to finally go to America.”
-Francis Matteo, news assistant, sports