Newly Released, From Rainbow Cocktails to Magical Beasts


THE FOUR AGES OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY: Weak Power, Great Power, Superpower, Hyperpower, by Michael Mandelbaum. (Oxford University, $34.95.) Mandelbaum, a leading foreign policy expert, presents a new framework for understanding how U.S. foreign and global policy may have changed since the country’s inception.

SEEN AND INVISIBLE: Technology, social media and the struggle for racial justice, by Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster. (Atria, $28.) This account reflects on “the ubiquity of video evidence of racism,” how social media enabled citizen surveillance, and looks back at decades of media coverage, from Ida B. Wells’ lynching reporting to video footage of the murder of George Floyd in 2020.

BEACON TO THE WORLD: A History of Lincoln Center, by Joseph W. Polisi. (Yale University, $40.) This book offers a comprehensive account of Lincoln Center, including its postwar origins, political, financial, and artistic history, and the roles of Robert Moses, John D. Rockefeller III, and Leonard Bernstein to help the center thrive.

ROOMS: Women, Writing, Woolf, by Sina Queyras. (Coach House, paper, $17.95.) Using Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” as reference text, this book interweaves memoir, poetry, and criticism to offer insight into the formative spaces Queyras traveled through the path of life as a queer writer in the public eye.

RAINBOW RAINBOW: Stories, by Lydia Conklin. (Catapult, $26.) This debut collection explores and celebrates the uncertain and transitory moments of gender identity with humor and verve. Characters include a lesbian couple who persuade a friend to become a sperm donor via rainbow-colored cocktails and a secretly non-binary person who accompanies their nephew to a trans YouTube convention.

MARIA, MARIA: And other stories, by Marytza K. Rubio. (Liveright, $24.95.) This imaginative collection invokes Mexican American mystics, magical beasts and dystopian jungles in 10 stories that remind us “there is always a price to be averted in the dark.”

REVOLUTIONARY REVIEWS: Five reviews that changed the way we read, by Terry Eagleton. (Yale University, $28.) Eagleton, the theorist and literary critic, looks back on six decades of criticism in Britain, focusing on the most influential post-WWI critics: TS Eliot, IA Richards, William Empson, FR Leavis and Raymond Williams. .

THE GARDEN OF BROKEN THINGS, by Francesca Momplaisir. (Knopf, $28.) In this novel, a struggling woman and her teenage son leave New York to visit their homeland in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, but are forced to scramble to survive after an earthquake. devastating.

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