The Week in Books
With news buzzing about Margaret Atwood’s sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” and other hotly anticipated titles, it was an especially great week to be a book lover. We take the weekend to highlight recent books coverage in The Times.
New details about Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement
“She Said,” by The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, names some of the people who turned against the influential producer, as well as ones who helped cover up his alleged predation. Previously anonymous sources come forward, and the book reprints a blockbuster letter to Weinstein from his brother, Bob Weinstein, in which he pleads for Harvey Weinstein to seek treatment for his history of “misbehavior.”
The book comes out Tuesday.
A new life for “The Handmaid’s Tale”
“The Testaments,” the hotly anticipated sequel to Atwood’s 1985 book “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is almost here. Our reviewer, Michiko Kakutani, had high praise for the book, writing that Atwood’s “sheer assurance as a storyteller makes for a fast, immersive narrative that’s as propulsive as it is melodramatic.”
Atwood spoke with our reporter about her new book, the second life of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” her involvement in the TV adaptation and why, at age 79, she’s not scared anymore.
“The Testaments” is on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize, and the award’s judges were sworn to secrecy. Here are the lengths they went to make sure nothing about the book leaked out.
The book comes out on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop Amazon from accidentally shipping out some copies of the book early, infuriating indie booksellers.
(If you can’t get your hands on a copy just yet, here’s everything to read and watch in the meantime.)
Chanel Miller shares her story
After her Stanford University sexual assault case prompted public outrage, Miller remained anonymous throughout the proceedings, known only as Emily Doe. Now, she’s ready to introduce herself.
Miller has a memoir, “Know My Name,” coming out this month. Though her case preceded the #MeToo movement, Miller’s victim impact statement and the sentence Brock Turner, who was convicted of the assault, received became part of the intense debates around rape, sexism and sexual misconduct over the past years.
What scares Stephen King?
The author has come out with his 61st book, “The Institute,” which imagines a frightening detention center where brilliant children are kidnapped and subjected to medical experiments.
“At some point in the course of working on the book, Trump actually started to lock kids up,” King said. “That was creepy to me because it was really like what I was writing about.”
Our critic, Dwight Garner, reviews “The Institute,” calling it “a big shank of a book that reminded me instantly of many of the reasons I loved (love?)” Stephen King.
A tour of the Book Review
Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, “Quichotte,” a modern-day riff on “Don Quixote,” is reviewed this week by the novelist Jeanette Winterson. And Julian Lucas, a contributing writer for the Book Review, looks at two novels about the effects of surveillance states: “Overthrow,” by Caleb Crain, and “The Memory Police,” by Yoko Ogawa.
The podcast this week features The Times’s chief television critic, James Poniewozik, whose new book, “Audience of One,” is reviewed by the novelist Gary Shteyngart.
Looking for your next great read?
Don’t miss our list of 17 books to watch for in September, and these nine books our editors recommend this week.
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