12 New Books We Recommend This Week

BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU, by Sally Rooney. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28.) This third novel by Rooney, after “Conversations With Friends” and “Normal People,” is about four characters, first among them Alice Kelleher, a clear stand-in for the author. It features spirited inquiries into timely social, political subjects, but

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11 New Books We Recommend This Week

VELVET WAS THE NIGHT, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. (Del Rey, $28.) Immensely satisfying, refreshingly new and gloriously written, this vibrant noir, set in 1970s Mexico City, traces how a dowdy secretary on the cusp of 30 sparks to life thanks to the disappearance of her beautiful and glamorous neighbor. “Moreno-Garcia mashes

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13 New Books We Recommend This Week

THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin Press, $28.) To understand three mind-altering substances — opium, caffeine and mescaline — Pollan turns to his own narratives of gardening and self-experimentation. As he does, he also masterfully elevates a series of big questions about drugs, plants and humans

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