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Newly Published, From Elie Wiesel to ‘The Loneliest Americans’

FILLED WITH FIRE AND LIGHT: Portraits and Legends From the Bible, Talmud, and Hasidic World, by Elie Wiesel. (Schocken, $27.) A posthumous collection, edited by Alan Rosen and adapted from a series of Wiesel’s lectures between 1967 and 2014, examines lesser-known biblical figures and encourages a path toward purpose and transcendence.

WHITE HOT HATE: A True Story of Domestic Terrorism in America’s Heartland, by Dick Lehr. (Mariner, $28.) A Pulitzer Prize finalist reports on a 2016 terrorist plot by a group known as the Crusaders, who planned to bomb a mosque in Kansas but were convicted thanks to an F.B.I. informant and agent.

THE LONELIEST AMERICANS, by Jay Caspian Kang. (Crown, $27.) In a mix of personal family history and thorough reporting, a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine unpacks the vague term “Asian American” in the context of what he considers to be a binary America.

ON GIRLHOOD: 15 Stories From the Well-Read Black Girl Library, edited by Glory Edim. (Liveright, $23.95.) An anthology that includes stories by the likes of Jamaica Kincaid, Camille Acker and Gwendolyn Brooks homes in on what it means to be a Black woman in America, and holds with care “the worthiness of Black girls as they come of age.”

What to Read: 4 New Coffee Table Books

What to Read: 4 New Coffee Table Books


From a compendium of contemporary Black artists to American family portraits to photographs of nature at its most serene, the images herein reveal decades’ worth of research and reflection.

Here are four new coffee table books to browse this week →

What to Read: 4 New Coffee Table Books


GILLIAN LAUB: Family Matters, by Gillian Laub. (Aperture, $50.) The photographer and filmmaker explores America’s political divide through the lens of her own family, in intimate snapshots taken over the past two decades.

What to Read: 4 New Coffee Table Books


A BLACK GAZE: Artists Changing How We See, by Tina M. Campt. (The MIT Press, $29.95.) Contemporary artists from all disciplines (Khalil Joseph, Deana Lawson, Dawoud Bey) reveal the shifting role of the viewer, from onlooker to participant — engaged, even implicated in the pain and wonder of Black life.

What to Read: 4 New Coffee Table Books


SEEING SILENCE: The Beauty of the World’s Most Quiet Places, by Pete McBride. (Rizzoli, $30.) With a foreword by Bill McKibben, two decades’ worth of travel photographs from all seven continents capture the earth at its calmest.

What to Read: 4 New Coffee Table Books


SACRED NILE, by Chester Higgins with Betsy Kissam. (BCH Fulfillment & Distribution, $40.) The photojournalist spent 50 years traveling along the river searching for the ancient African roots of modern faith.

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