10 New Books to Watch for in April


From historical novels to a new poetry collection to a book about a quantum physicist in mourning, there’s something for every taste coming out this month. Here are some books to look for.

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Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this book delves into the history of the space race, exploring its political, scientific and cultural components. Brinkley draws on primary source materials and interviews with the major figures, and focuses on the men and women who helped fuel the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects.

Bazelon, a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, argues that prosecutors have far too much power over the outcomes of criminal cases. To explore their outsize influence, Bazelon follows the cases of two defendants, and interweaves their stories with academic research. The book lays out a path for urgent and necessary changes to the current system, and features a group of young, reform-minded district attorneys who give Bazelon hope.

McKibben sounded an early alarm about climate change, and his new book’s subtitle summarizes what is perhaps his worst fear. He outlines the many dangers that climate change poses to civilization — rising sea levels, threats to food production — and the obstacles to halting the onset of global warming. While fear outweighs hope in the book, he does offer some reasons to be optimistic.

As a cub reporter in Baltimore, Bowden was swept up in a 1975 case of two missing sisters, which went unsolved for decades. In 2013, the police trained their eyes on a new suspect, and Bowden, also the author of “Black Hawk Down,” followed along as they investigated. His book revisits the case and offers insight into the interrogation practices and the high stakes that accompany them.



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