Reporting Always: Writings From The New Yorker, by Lillian Ross. (Scribner) This collection of dispatches for the magazine spans nearly 60 years of Ross’ career, including profiles of Ernest Hemingway, Agnes Martin and Robin Williams. Her “work remains fresh and vibrant despite the passage of decades, a model of what patient observation, deep listening and stringent craft can achieve,” Pamela Erens wrote in The Times.
A Wild Swan: And Other Tales, by Michael Cunningham. Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. (Picador) Cunningham, who won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for “The Hours,” revisits 10 classic fables, imbuing well-known characters with motives, humanity and depth; in the title story, a young man has a wing in place of an arm, a remnant of a resentful stepmother’s curse.
1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History, by Jay Winik. (Simon & Schuster) Before 1944, intervening to save European Jews from massacre during World War II was not Roosevelt’s top priority. However, he agreed that year to form a federal agency, the War Refugee Board, that was eventually credited with rescuing more than 200,000 people from the Holocaust. That decision transformed America’s role in the conflict.
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