New York Times Review
FRIDAY BLACK, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, paper, $14.99.) "Friday Black" is an unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary voice. Adjei-Brenyah has written a powerful and important and strange and beautiful collection of stories meant to be read right now; this is a dystopian book as full of violence as it is of heart. PAST TENSE, by Lee Child. (Delacorte, $28.99.) The latest Jack Reacher thriller takes this wandering hero to the New Hampshire town where his father was born, and where something suspicious is going on at the local motel. Child's writing seems unusually expressive in this novel, possibly because of its intimate subject matter. ON SUNSET: A Memoir, by Kathryn Harrison. (Doubleday, $27.) Harrison's previous memoirs delved into her parents' traumatic influence. Now she introduces the beloved Old World grandparents who raised her. AMERICAN DIALOGUE: The Founders and Us, by Joseph J. Ellis. (Knopf, $27.95.) Ellis's subject is not only the founding era but our own, and the "ongoing conversation between past and present." The author of many books on the early United States, Ellis draws connections with an authority few others can muster. RUTH BADER GINSBURG: A Life, by Jane Sherron De Hart. (Knopf, $35.) This hefty biography of the Supreme Court justice by De Hart, a scholar of women's history, aims to explain Ginsburg's transformation from brilliant law student and expert on civil procedure to leading advocate for women's rights. THE CORROSION OF CONSERVATISM: Why I Left the Right, by Max Boot. (Liveright, $24.95.) In a lively memoir and acidic anti-Trump polemic, a longtime Republican and adviser to several of the party's leaders explains why he has become an independent. The heroes of his narrative are those like him who have rejected Donald Trump in the name of genuine conservative ideals. SHE WANTS IT: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy, by Jill Soloway. (Crown Archetype, $27.) This funny and wise memoir from the creator of the TV show "Transparent" traces the show's ties to real life: Soloway? father came out as transgender, and Soloway too began to question gender and identity. MELTING POT OR CIVIL WAR? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders, by Reihan Salam. (Sentinel, $27.) Seeking rationality in the immigration debate, Salam asks how best to move toward a just society and advocates a merit-based system like Canada's. TURNING PAGES: My Life Story, by Sonia Sotomayor. Illustrated by Lulu Delacre. (Philomel, $17.99; ages 4 to 8.) In this charming picture book, the Supreme Court justice offers an ode to reading. The full reviews of these and other recent books are on the web: nytimes.com/books
Publishers Weekly Review
De Hart, a professor emerita of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, offers a laudatory biography of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. De Hart, who had Ginsburg's cooperation, pays appropriate attention both to the experiences that informed Ginsburg's passion for justice and to her personal life, highlighting her lifelong love affair with her husband and her friendships with professional colleagues, including her ideological opposite Antonin Scalia. De Hart's great strength is her ability to explain Ginsburg's cases and the legal strategies she employed, for example, to convince the Supreme Court to apply the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution to strike down laws that discriminate on the basis of gender. De Hart clearly and accessibly lays out background information, the various legal theories employed, and the judges' holdings. She also demonstrates Ginsburg's far-reaching influence as the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, in 1993, taking readers into the inner workings of the court as Ginsburg and other justices war over the defining legal and cultural issues of the era-abortion rights, marriage equality, race, and religion. Readers will find this an insightful, fascinating, and admiring biography of one of America's most extraordinary jurists. (Oct.) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.