In just four years, National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward lost five people: her younger brother, her cousin, and three friends. All were between the ages of nineteen and thirty-five. All were black men. Left behind are the wives and girlfriends, mothers and daughters, who must shoulder the responsibilities of family and community. In her brave, beautifully-written memoir Men We Reaped (Bloomsbury, $26), Ward tells of the devastation such violence leaves upon the lives of those who must move forward while living in communities burdened by societal racism and deep poverty—injustices that are a type of violence on their own. Ward evokes memories of hot and dusty southern Mississippi days as she explores her family’s complex cultural and ethnic heritage, tells stories of her father’s pit bulls, and describes the numbing effects of drugs and alcohol on people who live with too few options. A powerful, devastating, and haunting narrative by an incredibly talented writer, Ward’s memoir is for anyone who believes we’re living in a post-racial society, or for anyone horrified at the murder of Trayvon Martin and his accused killer’s acquittal. As Ward shows, we are anything but post-racial, and there are thousands of young black men whose lives are devalued every day.

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A good meal means lovingly prepared dishes that enliven the tongue, tickle the nose, and delight the belly. In short, a good meal strikes at The Heart of the Plate (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $34.99), but that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated. Unlike other cookbooks, Molly Katzen’s spread of flavorful yet simple dishes don’t require trips to specialty food stores or a search through online cupboards for unusual ingredients. Focusing on vegetarian and vegan cuisine from soups and stews to burgers, quiches, and pizza, Katzen’s recipes allow for ample leftovers—that is, if you can limit yourself to just one helping. The full-color photographs here make every dish irresistible. Try the tomato-coconut soup with a twist of Indian seasoning, a helping of savory crispy fried lemons , and the pomegranate tabbouleh for starters, and spend the rest of the holidays mixing and matching from these two hundred recipes—or choose from one of Katzen’s thirty-five menu suggestions.
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When thirteen-year-old Theo Decker miraculously survives a domestic terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum—an attack that kills his mother and several others—he’s pitched into a Dickensian tale, with a cast including the blue-blood Barbours and an absent father with a bleached-blond, strung-out Las Vegas waitress for a girlfriend. Theo is taken in by the eccentric Hobie, an antique-furniture restorer, after the man learns his beloved business partner spent his final minutes in Theo’s company. Wherever he is, Theo guiltily clings to a tiny Dutch masterpiece called The Goldfinch (Little, Brown, $30), a painting his mother loved, and as he grows into an alienated and lonely adult, his heartsick love for another bombing survivor, red-headed Pippa, becomes an obsession that attests to Theo’s arrested adolescence. Meanwhile, the painting leads Theo through a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game in the art world’s dark underbelly. Donna Tartt’s magnificent third novel is a masterful coming-of-age tale brimming with humor, pathos, philosophical turns, and a faint, yet undeniable, brushstroke of hope.

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