BOOK WORLD THIS WEEK
Coming up in Style Sunday in Arts & Style | A new biography of James Fenimore Cooper looks at the author’s relevance today. A roundup of the best audiobooks for July. And find out how you can help at the National Book Festival. Monday | The Blinds, by Adam Sternbergh, is an enticingly eerie thriller about the strange events that unfold among a group of criminals who don’t remember their crimes. Tuesday | Travel back to 1740s New York in Francis Spufford’s novel Golden Hill, where an Englishman arrives with no explanation and a small fortune in hand. Wednesday | A billionaire shakes up a sleepy New England town in Jonathan Dee’s novel The Locals. Siobhan Fallon’s novel The Confusion of Languages follows the lives of two military wives in Jordan during the Arab Spring. And the best new romance books. Thursday | Michael Dirda reviews Hitler’s Monsters, a history of Nazi Germany that looks at the role of the occult in fascism. Friday | In Lawrence Osborne’s novel Beautiful Animals, two women find a Syrian refugee during a hike in Greece, and their efforts to help him set off a series of unexpected consequences.