Newly Published, From James Baldwin to a Life-Changing Dog

THE SPECKLED BEAUTY: A Dog and His People, by Rick Bragg. (Knopf, $26.) After a cancer diagnosis and kidney failure, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist documents a transformative period when an unruly, half-blind stray dog comes into his life and changes it for the better.

WHEN GHOSTS COME HOME, by Wiley Cash. (Morrow, $28.99.) A sheriff investigates the murder of a local Black man whose body was found near a plane crash site while he grapples with the return of his grieving daughter, who is mourning her lost child.

THE PRICE OF THE TICKET: Collected Nonfiction: 1948-1985, by James Baldwin. (Beacon, paper, $24.95.) Dozens of Baldwin’s essential works, including “Notes of a Native Son” and “The Fire Next Time,” are compiled here along with 46 of his additional writings examining race and sexuality in America.

What to Read: 5 Visual Books

What to Read: 5 Visual Books


We’ve rounded up a handful of noteworthy visual books that include a modern art monograph, a woman-oriented design history, a titan of animation and a statistically grounded treatise on economic inequality.

Here are five titles to add to your coffee table →

What to Read: 5 Visual Books


TOYIN OJIH ODUTOLA: The UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi, by Toyin Ojih Odutola. (Rizzoli Electa, $65.) Featuring essays by Zadie Smith and others, this illustrated tale by a Nigerian American artist renders in charcoal, pastel and pencil two elite families in a Nigeria untouched by colonialism and the slave trade.

What to Read: 5 Visual Books


THE POVERTY LINE, by Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin. (Lars Müller, paper, $50.) The artistic duo apply their statistical approach to the problem of global inequality, visiting 36 countries in 10 years to understand, through food, the everyday sacrifices made by those living at the poverty line.

What to Read: 5 Visual Books


DESIGNING MOTHERHOOD: Things That Make and Break Our Births, by Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick. (MIT Press, $44.95.) A history-in-images of the most intimate experiences of womanhood, collecting objects relied upon over decades: from the BabyBjörn to at-home pregnancy tests to birth control methods.

What to Read: 5 Visual Books


FRIDA KAHLO: The Complete Paintings, by Luis-Martín Lozano, Andrea Kettenmann and Marina Vázquez Ramos. (Taschen, $200.) A comprehensive survey of Kahlo’s life and work includes all of her 152 paintings; letters and diary drawings; and a look inside her Mexico City home, Casa Azul.

What to Read: 5 Visual Books


HAYAO MIYAZAKI, by Jessica Niebel, Daniel Kothenschulte and Pete Docter. (DelMonico Books, $44.95.) A collection of sketches, storyboards and more by the Japanese animator, published to coincide with a retrospective at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

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