New in Paperback: ‘Wildhood’ and ‘Beaten Down, Worked Up’


WILDHOOD: The Astounding Connections Between Human and Animal Adolescents, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers. (Scribner, 384 pp., $18.) “You don’t even need to anthropomorphize to find some of the similarities between animal and human teenagers uncanny, and the lessons they have to learn remarkably similar,” our reviewer, Judith Newman, noted about this sequel to the authors’ “Zoobiquity.”

THE UNPASSING, by Chia-Chia Lin. (Picador, 288 pp., $17.) This “singularly vast and captivating” debut novel depicts the “muffled anguish” of a Taiwanese-immigrant family struggling to adapt to the Alaskan wilderness outside Anchorage in the 1980s after the death of their youngest child. Our reviewer, Brian Haman, described it as “beautifully written in free-flowing prose that quietly disarms.”

THE SENTENCE IS DEATH, by Anthony Horowitz. (Harper Perennial, 384 pp., $16.99.) The author plays a part in this mystery about a celebrity divorce lawyer murdered with a 1982 bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild. “I like to be in control of my books,” he writes, explaining why he positioned himself as the detective Daniel Hawthorne’s sidekick.

BEATEN DOWN, WORKED UP: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, by Steven Greenhouse. (Anchor, 416 pp., $17.) This “engrossing, character-driven” book by a former New York Times labor reporter “spans a century of worker strikes, without overcondensing or oversimplifying, and with plausible suggestions for the future,” Zephyr Teachout, our reviewer, declared. She deemed it “labor history seen from the moments when that history could have turned out differently.”

BROAD BAND: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, by Claire L. Evans. (Portfolio, 288 pp., $16.) Evans is an “intelligent observer” who “speaks fluent tech lingo, has written about science and sci-fi for the likes of Vice and Wired and also sings in a pop group,” Dava Sobel, our reviewer, quipped. She “proves a companionable guide” for this tour of cyberspace, “peopled predominantly with all-American girls” wanting, as Time magazine once put it, “a ROM of their own.”

TRICK MIRROR: Reflections on Self-Delusion, by Jia Tolentino. (Random House, 320 pp., $18.) These original essays by a New Yorker staff writer whose voice our reviewer, Maggie Doherty, called a mix of “force, lyricism and internet-honed humor” is a millennial examination of personal essay writing itself.

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