FASHIONOPOLIS: Why What We Wear Matters, by Dana Thomas. (Penguin, 320 pp., $18.) After faulting “fast fashion” (discount brands’ accelerated production of runway-show knockoffs) for economic, human rights and climate crises worldwide, a veteran style writer introduces us to the visionaries who are attempting to transform the industry “from an urban nightmare,” as our reviewer, Tatiana Schlossberg, put it, “into a shining city on a hill.”
THE GLASS WOMAN, by Caroline Lea. (Harper Perennial, 400 pp., $16.99.) Our reviewer, Emma L. McAleavy, called this novel about a young woman in 17th-century Iceland who becomes convinced that the attic of her mysterious new husband’s remote seaside home is haunted — “perhaps by his former wife, who may or may not still be living” — “devastating and revelatory.”
NOTHING TO SEE HERE, by Kevin Wilson. (Ecco, 288 pp., $16.99.) This “wholly original,” “unassuming bombshell of a novel” — in the words of our reviewer, Taffy Brodesser-Akner — “appears” to be about the friendship of its two main characters, Lillian and Madison, whose lives have taken very different paths. But Madison’s twin stepkids, who “catch fire spontaneously when they experience intense emotions,” personify its “brilliance” and its tender wit.
TIGHTROPE: Americans Reaching for Hope, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. (Vintage, 320 pp., $16.95.) The first married couple to receive a Pulitzer Prize for journalism reveals the structural causes of so-called personal failures among the working poor in Kristof’s hometown of Yamhill, Ore., where the Times columnist tended sheep on a small family farm.
SONTAG: Her Life and Work, by Benjamin Moser. (Ecco, 832 pp., $22.) The author of this “skilled, lively, prodigiously researched” biography of the inimitable cultural icon Susan Sontag, which won the Pulitzer Prize, “writes vividly of a woman of parts determined to leave a mark on her time,” our reviewer, Vivian Gornick, observed, “and makes us feel viscerally how large those parts were — the arrogance, the anxiety, the reach!”
RED AT THE BONE, by Jacqueline Woodson. (Riverhead, 224 pp., $16.) This “profoundly moving” novel by a National Book Award winner, about two black families who come together when a high school girl becomes pregnant, contains “urgent, vital insights into questions of class, gender, race, history, queerness and sex in America,” according to our reviewer, R. O. Kwon.