Newly Published, From ‘Shaun of the Dead’ to Patricia Highsmith

THE EVERYBODY ENSEMBLE: Donkeys, Essays, and Other Pandemoniums, by Amy Leach. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) Blending poetry, criticism and science, 24 humorous essays defend the life of beings from platypuses and linnets to photosynthetic bacteria.

BLACK PAPER: Writing in a Dark Time, by Teju Cole. (University of Chicago, $22.50.) In essays ranging on topics from Edward Said to the U.S.-Mexico border to “Black Panther,” Cole interrogates what it means to bear witness in a turbulent world.

YOU’VE GOT RED ON YOU: How Shaun of the Dead Was Brought to Life, by Clark Collis. (1984 Publishing, $26.99.) Collis shares the previously untold history of the 2004 horror comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” including storyboards, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews with the director, Edgar Wright, the producer Nira Park and many of the cast members.

PATRICIA HIGHSMITH: Her Diaries and Notebooks, 1941-1995, by Patricia Highsmith. Edited by Anna von Planta. (Liveright, $39.95.) In this collection, five decades of Highsmith’s personal diary entries are compiled alongside her journal writings, in which the famously secretive writer brainstormed her stories.

What to Read: Four Children’s Books

What to Read: Four Children’s Books


These young adult, middle grade and picture books include a father and daughter baking, a comic-book-style novel, a celebration of Afghan girls and an exposé that includes best practices for investigative journalism.

Here are four new children’s books →

What to Read: Four Children’s Books


DAD BAKES, by Katie Yamasaki. (Norton Young Readers, ages 6 to 8, $17.95.) Kneading, waiting, rising and resting serve as metaphors for the healing of a father-daughter relationship in this gently moving picture book by a muralist who works with families impacted by incarceration.

What to Read: Four Children’s Books


STUNTBOY, IN THE MEANTIME, by Jason Reynolds. Illustrated by Raúl the Third. (Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, ages 7 to 12, $13.99.) When his parents tell him “in the meantime,” Stuntboy knows they’re heading into the Mean Time and he needs to save them, in this middle grade novel.

What to Read: Four Children’s Books


A SKY-BLUE BENCH, by Bahram Rahman. Illustrated by Peggy Collins. (Pajama Press, ages 5 to 8, $18.95.) Rahman’s picture book features a young girl with a “helper-leg” (the result of a land mine accident) who builds herself a bench and paints it the color of courage, peace and wisdom.

What to Read: Four Children’s Books


CHASING THE TRUTH: A Young Journalist’s Guide to Investigative Reporting, adapted by Ruby Shamir from “She Said,” by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. (Philomel, ages 12 and up, $17.99.) This young readers edition tells the story of the Times reporters’ Harvey Weinstein exposé.

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