8 New Books Recommended By NYT in March 2019

By | 2019-09-19 | including 8 items |
Among this week’s suggested titles are several that challenge conventional wisdom. In “They Were Her Property,” the Berkeley historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers dissects the unacknowledged ways that white women were avid participants in (and beneficiaries of) the American system of slavery. In “Empires of the Weak,” the Cambridge political scientist J. C. Sharman argues that Western supremacy has been a mere blip in the history of civilization, which has in fact been dominated by Asia and will be again. And in “Mama’s Last Hug,” the primatologist Frans de Waal builds the case that animals have emotional lives every bit as complex and rich as those of humans. If the intersection of science and culture and emotions piques your interest, you’ll also like William Davies’s “Nervous States,” which takes a wide-angle lens to our political moment and its attendant anxieties. We also recommend Toni Morrison’s nonfiction collection “The Source of Self-Regard” and three novels: one set in Korea, one set in Syria, and one that hopscotches (in one heroine) from Elizabethan England to New York City in the early 2000s. Gregory Cowles Senior Editor, Books Twitter: @GregoryCowles See: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/books/review/8-new-books-we-recommend-this-week.html
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#1  They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South
Book / 9780300218664 / Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers  / February 19, 2019 / 1
The full role of white women in slavery has long been one of the “slave trade’s best-kept secrets,” writes Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers. Her book examines how historians have misunderstood and misrepresented white women as reluctant actors. It is a “taut and cogent corrective,” our critic Parul Sehgal writes. > “Jones-Rogers puts the matter plainly. White slave-owning women were ubiquitous. Not only did they profit from, and passionately defend, slavery, but the institution ‘was their freedom.’”
#6  Death Is Hard Work
Book / 9780374135737 / Khaled Khalifa, Leri Price  / February 12, 2019 / 2
#7  The Heavens
Book / 9780802129024 / Sandra Newman  /  / 1