The best books of the week

By | September 28, 2019

Hitler: A Global Biography
Brendan Simms (biography, Basic Books)
A revisionist biography of Hitler that suggests the Führer’s main obsession was fighting Anglo-America and global capitalism rather than communism, as has previously been thought.

The Topeka School
Ben Lerner (fiction, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Adam Gordon goes to Topeka High School, where he is part of the Class of ’97. The son of a feminist author and a psychiatrist, his parents are trying to raise him to be a good man in a culture of toxic masculinity.

Emma Donoghue (fiction, Little, Brown)
Noah Selvaggio is an Upper West Side widower, looking forward to a trip back to Nice, his childhood home. Then he receives a call from social services: He is the closest available relative of an 11-year-old grandnephew whom he’s never met, and the boy’s mother is in jail. With that one call, his life — and travel plans — are upended in ways both maddening and hilarious. From the author of the bestselling novel “Room.”

Toil & Trouble
Augusten Burroughs (memoir, St. Martin’s)
The author of “Dry” and “Running with Scissors” is back with another memoir, this one proclaiming that he comes from a long line of witches, privy to secrets and able to manifest things into being.

Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America
Kate Pickert (nonfiction, Little, Brown Spark)
A history of the treatment of breast cancer in the United States by a reporter who lived with it, this thoroughly researched book casts a light on developments in the treatment for the disease, turning points and challenges in defeating an illness that strikes one in eight American women.

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What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
Steven A. Schwarzman (nonfiction, Simon & Schuster)
An energetic book by the Blackstone chairman, CEO and co-founder, who shares his reflections on what it takes to succeed and make an impact.

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