New in Paperback: ‘Driving Whereas Black’ and ‘Life Isn’t The whole lot’
THE DOLPHIN LETTERS, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle, edited by Saskia Hamilton. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 560 pp., $22.) “The Dolphin” is the e book of poems by which Lowell lifted, and altered, strains from Hardwick’s anguished letters to him after he left her for the British novelist Carolyn Blackwood. “Their circle” consists of the likes of Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Wealthy and Mary McCarthy.
DRIVING WHILE BLACK: African American Journey and the Highway to Civil Rights, by Gretchen Sorin. (Liveright, 352 pp., $18.95.) Venturing far past the territory lined within the Oscar-winning movie “Inexperienced E-book,” this deeply researched historical past emphasizes African-American automotive possession, and the methods by which the car helped struggle Jim Crow and facilitate the civil rights motion.
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, by Peter Robinson. (Morrow, 336 pp., $16.99.) When one of many younger ladies lured to England by a pop-up escort company seems to be a “super-recognizer,” with extraordinary skills to put a face, an “outdated story is given a brand new twist,” as our crime columnist, Marilyn Stasio, put it in her overview of this Alan Banks detective story.
LIFE ISN’T EVERYTHING: Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Mates, edited by Ash Carter and Sam Kashner. (Picador, 384 pp., $19.) The title was an oft-repeated phrase of the inimitable movie and stage director (and, earlier than that, sensible improv actor), feted right here, our reviewer, John Simon, wrote, with the “astonishing range” of “love, fact and actuality” befitting such a cultural determine — who had above all, as Renata Adler famous, “presence.”
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