11 new books coming out this month

New books coming in February. (Photo: NYTimes)
‘Culture: The Story of Us, From Cave Art to K-Pop’ by Martin PuchnerA Harvard professor goes wide in this study of the humanities and human creativity, looking at standout moments and what they can tell us about our past and future. As he guides readers along a Nefertiti to TikTok continuum, he shows how cultural exchange and innovation help societies address some of life’s most existential questions. (Norton, February 7)اضافة اعلان

‘The Critic’s Daughter: A Memoir’ by Priscilla GilmanIn this autobiography, the author grapples with her complicated and often painful upbringing in 1970s New York. Her mother is renowned literary agent Lynn Nesbit, but the real focus here is her late father, Richard Gilman, a drama critic and professor at the Yale School of Drama. After the marriage imploded, Nesbit shared revelations about her husband’s behavior with her adolescent daughter, who was left to make sense of his behavior and legacy. (Norton, February 7)

‘Essex Dogs’ by Dan JonesA bestselling historian turns to fiction in this story of the Hundred Years’ War, which follows a troop of mercenaries hired to help England invade France in the mid-1300s. There is plenty of action and bloodshed in this novel, the first in a promised trilogy. (Viking, February 14)

‘Lives of the Wives: Five Literary Marriages’ by Carmela CiuraruInfidelity, jealousy, malevolent neediness — there is all manner of abhorrent behavior in this study of some notably unhappy relationships. Roald Dahl resented Patricia Neal, an acclaimed actress, after her star power surpassed his. Elsa Morante and Alberto Moravia were terribly ill-suited, even as they produced some of postwar Italy’s most enduring literature. (Harper, February 7)

‘Our Share of Night’ by Mariana Enriquez. Translated by Megan McDowellEnriquez’s frightening short stories have made her one of the most popular Latin American authors writing today. This new novel follows a grieving father, Juan — a medium who can make contact with dark, supernatural forces — who tries to protect his son from the family of his late wife. (Hogarth, February 7)

‘Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears’ by Michael SchulmanSchulman, a staff writer at The New Yorker, gives a spirited, occasionally dishy history of the ceremony, touching on the award’s most notable controversies and existential questions. (Harper, February 21)

‘Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World’ by Malcolm HarrisHarris’ earlier book “Kids These Days” was a broad cultural history of millennials, zeroing in on the unfair economic stereotypes that have dogged the generation. Now, he tells an ambitious story of Silicon Valley, showing how its specific culture and history allowed it to become the site of both breathtaking technological advancement and capitalist exploitation. (Little, Brown, February 14)

‘Sink: A Memoir’ by Joseph Earl ThomasIn his first book, Thomas details a difficult childhood in Philadelphia. The family battled addiction and poverty, and Thomas was abused, part of a culture in which “physical prowess was the only kind of knowledge that was acceptable”, as he said in a later interview. But video games and all manner of geek culture provided him an escape, and the author, now a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, spins it into a brilliant coming-of-age story. (Grand Central, February 21)

‘A Spell of Good Things’ by Ayòbámi AdébáyòIn her second novel, Adébáyò looks at two young people in Nigeria with vastly different economic circumstances whose lives intersect amid a period of political and cultural struggle. Eniolá dreams of getting a better education after his family slid into poverty, while Wúràolá works as a hospital resident and came from a wealthier background. (Knopf, February 7)

‘Unscripted: The Epic Battle for a Media Empire and the Redstone Family Legacy’ by James B. Stewart & Rachel AbramsTwo New York Times journalists build on blockbuster reporting as they dive into the power struggle to control Sumner Redstone’s entertainment empire, Paramount Global. (Penguin Press, February 14)

‘Western Lane’ by Chetna MarooIn this debut novel, a Jain girl in London named Gopi copes with her mother’s death by dedicating herself to squash. She had always enjoyed the sport, but her new, intense regimen offers a distraction from grief, even as she encounters cultural and economic obstacles. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, February 7)

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