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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

8 New Books We Recommend This Week

COME WITH ME, by Helen Schulman. (Harper/HarperCollins, $26.99.) In Schulman’s latest novel, a Silicon Valley family’s bonds are frayed by infidelities both virtual and actual, thanks to a start-up technology that allows “visits” to the lives that might have been. In her review, Sarah Lyall calls the book “smart, timely and highly entertaining.”

THE MAN IN THE GLASS HOUSE: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century, by Mark Lamster. (Little, Brown, $35.) Lamster suggests Johnson’s real mark on 20th-century architecture came less as a practitioner than as a mentor. He also recounts darker episodes like Johnson’s infatuation with the Nazis in the 1930s. “The most interesting thing about him was not the buildings he designed,” Paul Goldberger writes, reviewing the biography. “The qualities that make him, and this book, fascinating are his nimble intelligence, his restlessness, his energy, his anxieties, his ambitions and his passions, all of which were channeled into the making of a few pieces of architecture that will stand the test of time, and many others that will not.”

THE PATCH, by John McPhee. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) McPhee’s seventh collection of essays probes landscapes from New Jersey to Alaska and profiles a vast cast of characters, from Joan Baez to Thomas Wolfe. It’s the latest chapter in an ongoing memoir of his irresistible compulsions. McPhee writes sentences “so energetic and structurally sound,” Craig Taylor writes in his review, “that he can introduce apparently unappealing subjects, even ones that look to be encased in a cruddy veneer of boringness, and persuade us to care about them. … McPhee finds surprising poetry in the material at hand.”

NOTHING IS LOST: Selected Essays, by Ingrid Sischy. Edited by Sandra Brant. (Knopf, $40.) Sischy, who died of cancer in 2015 at the age of 63, had a dazzling career as the editor of Artforum and Interview and as a contributor to The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. This collection gathers her cutting-edge reports on the art and artifice of American life. “She shows us the glitz of that epoch of celebrity culture as well as the serious, thoughtful concerns of its cutting-edge painters and designers; at her best, she enters both domains through her stylish meditations on such figures as Jeff Koons, Robert Mapplethorpe and John Galliano,” our reviewer, Edmund White, writes. “Sischy’s genius was that she took philosophy lightly and fashion seriously.”

THE DAY THAT WENT MISSING, by Richard Beard. (Little, Brown, $27.) Beard, a British novelist, here launches an inquest into his own past, trying to remember what happened decades ago when his little brother, Nicky, drowned beside him on a Cornish holiday, only to vanish eerily from the family story. “This is a story of a man trying to feel and succeeding, we hope, in the end,” Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes in her review. “If the beginning is dense with theory and fact gathering, the later part of the book swells with meaning and revelation. Beard cops to his own guilt and sadness and the memories themselves, after much research and focus, become lush and full.”

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