Dive into these 6 new paperbacks
Should you be in need of a good paperback— Aren’t we all? Always? — here are a half- dozen newly published options:
• “The Late Show” by Michael Connelly ( Grand
Central, $ 15.99). For his 30th book, the author of the beloved Harry Bosch detective series introduced a new and intriguing character: Detective Renee Ballard, who works the night shift at LAPD’s Hollywood Station.
• “This Is How It Always Is,” by Laurie Frankel ( Flatiron, $ 16.99). Local author Frankel’s third novel, about a family with a transgender child, was described in a Seattle Times review as having “so very much to enjoy … a carefully tooled
narrative that is expansive, perceptive and gracious; dialogue that is both witty and deep; characters who are remarkably self- actualized.”
• “A HorseWalked Into a Bar” by David Grossman
( Vintage, $ 15.95). This novel, about a failing stand- up comic taking the stage in an Israeli dive bar for his final show, won the Man Booker International Prize last year.
• “Phenomena: The Secret History of the U. S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis,” by Annie Jacobsen ( Little, Brown, $ 17.99). A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history, journalist Jacobsen’s book is currently being developed— by Steven Spielberg’s production company — as a television series.
• “The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East- West Culture Gap,” by Gish Jen ( Vintage, $ 17). This book, a transcript of Jen’s William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization delivered at Harvard University, continues the conversation about the EastWest dichotomy that Jen began in an earlier title, “TigerWriting: Art, Culture, and the Independent Self.”
• “The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,” by Hannah Tinti ( Random House, $ 17). Tinti’s literary thriller, about a father and daughter with a mysterious past, was recently nominated for an Edgar Award ( presented by the Mystery Writers of America) for best novel.