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In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: the original review of “Carrie.”
One of the few women to own an agency in the 1970s, she built a client roster that included Grace Paley and Andrea Dworkin as well as Salman Rushdie and Abbie Hoffman.
Nancy Goldstone’s “Daughters of the Winter Queen” charts the stormy life of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of Charles I, who schemed for her own children.
Kirk Wallace Johnson’s “The Feather Thief” recounts “the natural history heist of the century.”
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
Jonathan Green’s new book is a detailed chronicle of a murderous, drug-trafficking gang in the heyday of the crack cocaine epidemic.
Summertime calls for delectable treats to satisfy both your sweet tooth and your literary spirit. Ben Denzer of @ice_cream_books creates pairings for the season.
A Newbery medalist’s novel about a week at the beach, a graphic novel about a budding guitarist stuck home while her best friend is at camp, and stories of one neighborhood’s summer antics.
In “Flash,” Christopher Bonanos offers a portrait of the photographer who loved shooting corpses.
In “Do This for Me,” Raney Moore cancels her unfaithful husband’s credit cards, deletes his Gmail and ships his stuff to his mother’s house — all in one morning.
John Connolly’s “He” fictionalizes the career of one half of the Laurel and Hardy team.
“Asking for a Friend,” by Jessica Weisberg, considers three centuries of advice-givers, from Ben Franklin to a prolific contributor on the internet forum Quora.
A festive weekend at a cottage in West Cork, once home to victims of the Great Famine, turns sinister in Billy O’Callaghan’s novel “The Dead House.”
First love, shocking family secrets, and witches that prowl the streets of Brooklyn from Carolyn Mackler, Emily X.R. Pan and Zoraida Córdova.
Two novels burst the tech bubble for career-driven women.
Julia Van Haaften’s “Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography” is the first major biography of Abbott in more than a generation.
The first book from her new imprint is Fatima Farheen Mirza’s big-hearted debut, “A Place for Us,” which follows an Indian-American Muslim family through the decades.
Here, comedy includes a sendup of spy thrillers and 1930s Hollywood; a family saga about a drug-addicted bird-watcher; and a coming-of-age tale heavy on topiary.
Leah Stewart’s third book reunites struggling Hollywood stars, and Stephen McCauley makes the case that you really can be friends with an ex.
The working-mom heroine of “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” now middle-aged, is back for a sequel that wrestles with the question “How Hard Can It Be?”


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