Newly Published, From Rainbow Cocktails to Magical Beasts

THE FOUR AGES OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY: Weak Power, Great Power, Superpower, Hyperpower, by Michael Mandelbaum. (Oxford University, $34.95.) Mandelbaum, a leading foreign policy expert, presents a new framework for understanding how the United States’ foreign policy and global might have changed since the country’s inception.

SEEN AND UNSEEN: Technology, Social Media, and the Fight for Racial Justice, by Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster. (Atria, $28.) This account reflects on the “ubiquity of video evidence of racism,” how social media has enabled citizen surveillance and looks back at decades of media, from Ida B. Wells’s reporting on lynching to video footage of George Floyd’s murder in 2020.

BEACON TO THE WORLD: A History of Lincoln Center, by Joseph W. Polisi. (Yale University, $40.) This book offers a comprehensive account of Lincoln Center, including its postwar origins, its political, financial and artistic history and the roles of Robert Moses, John D. Rockefeller III and Leonard Bernstein in helping the center thrive.

ROOMS: Women, Writing, Woolf, by Sina Queyras. (Coach House, paper, $17.95.) Using Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” as a touchstone text, this book blends memoir, poetry and criticism to offer a glimpse into the formative spaces that Queyras navigated on the way to life as a queer writer in the public eye.

RAINBOW RAINBOW: Stories, by Lydia Conklin. (Catapult, $26.) This debut collection explores and celebrates uncertain and transitory moments of gender identity with humor and verve. Characters include a lesbian couple who coax a friend into becoming a sperm donor via rainbow-colored cocktails and a secretly nonbinary person who chaperones their nephew at a trans YouTube convention.

MARIA, MARIA: And Other Stories, by Marytza K. Rubio. (Liveright, $24.95.) This imaginative collection invokes Mexican American mystics, magical beasts and dystopic jungles in 10 stories that remind us “there’s always a price for conjuring in darkness.”

CRITICAL REVOLUTIONARIES: Five Critics Who Changed the Way We Read, by Terry Eagleton. (Yale University, $28.) Eagleton, the literary theorist and critic, reflects on six decades of criticism in Britain, focusing on the most influential post-World War I critics: T. S. Eliot, I. A. Richards, William Empson, F. R. Leavis and Raymond Williams.

THE GARDEN OF BROKEN THINGS, by Francesca Momplaisir. (Knopf, $28.) In this novel, a woman and her troubled teenage son leave New York to visit their homeland in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, but are forced to fend for survival after a devastating earthquake hits.

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