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ON DESPERATE GROUND: The Epic Story of Chosin Reservoir — the Greatest Battle of the Korean War, by Hampton Sides. (Anchor, 402 pp., $17.) This account of the 1950 battle in which 20,000 Marines were trapped and vastly outnumbered in subzero temperatures in the mountains of North Korea — yet fought successfully all the way to the sea — recreates what many consider an all-time great military operation.
THE PAPER WASP, by Lauren Acampora. (Grove, 288 pp., $16.) In this debut novel, two women’s friendship takes a dark turn when one becomes a movie star and the other follows her to Hollywood. “Take ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ cross it with ‘Suspiria,’ add a dash of ‘La La Land’ and mix it all at midnight and this arty psychological stalker novel is what might result,” Vanessa Friedman wrote here.
THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, by Shoshana Zuboff. (Public Affairs, 691 pp., $22.99.) Zuboff, a Harvard Business School professor emerita, argues that “surveillance capitalism,” in which secretive tech companies collect and leverage our personal data and experiences, is a dangerous development. Our reviewer, Jacob Silverman, called it “intensively researched” and “engagingly written.”
LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS: A Memoir, by T Kira Madden. (Bloomsbury, 309 pp., $18.) The title of this debut refers to three passionate high school friends, bonded by early loss, who navigate biracial and queer identity, addiction and family reconfigurations. Our reviewer, Tessa Fontaine, wrote that the book is “both devastating and funny.”
REVOLUTIONARIES, by Joshua Furst. (Vintage, 333 pp., $17.) In Furst’s second novel, set in the 1960s, a lightly fictionalized Abbie Hoffman roams through the New York City counterculture, preaching freedom from a corrupt social order while spreading damage liberally in his personal life. Greg Jackson wrote in these pages that “the novel’s ultimate beauty — like its characters’ — is spiritual.”
FOURSOME: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury, by Carolyn Burke. (Vintage, 419 pp., $22.) This group portrait of two couples by Burke, the biographer of Mina Loy and Edith Piaf, explores how the four acclaimed 20th-century American artists’ couplings, uncouplings and enduring bonds influenced their work and the art scene. Sarah Boxer called it “fascinating” and “well-told.”
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