From the New York Times 100 Notable Books

BY LESLEY M. M. BLUME. $27.00. Simon & Schuster.

For months after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Americans were told little about the devastating effects on survivors. Blume’s magisterial account of how John Hersey broke the story in The New Yorker is also a warning about the ever-present dangers of nuclear war.

The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War
BY MICHAEL GORRA.
$29.95. Liveright.

Gorra’s complex and thought-provoking meditation on Faulkner is rich in insight, making the case for the novelist’s literary achievement and his historical value — as an unparalleled chronicler of slavery’s aftermath, and its damage to America’s psyche.

The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison
EDITED BY JOHN F. CALLAHAN AND MARC C. CONNER.
$50.00. Random

In his lifetime Ellison’s only novel was the masterpiece “Invisible Man,” but for six decades he corresponded with some of the greatest writers of his day. This magnificent collection captures his wit, style, ambition and personal travails, as well as his powerful insights into Black artistic expression.

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