Magazine article The Crisis

Books in Brief

Magazine article The Crisis

Books in Brief

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The New Americans, by Ruben Martinez (The New Press, $29.95). A detailed chronicle of the experiences of five immigrant families - from Palestine, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and India - that have come to the United States in pursuit of job opportunities or to flee political persecution.

No Secrets, No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal From Sexual Abuse, by Robin Stone (Broadway Books, $23.95). A resource guide to help Black families end the silence surrounding child sexual abuse, which the author says an estimated one in four women and one in six men suffer by the age of 18.

Snakepit, by Moses Isegawa (Knopf, $24). A novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Abyssinian Chronicles. Set in 1970s Uganda, when Bat Katanga returns home after two years in Britain, the plum government job he lands soon plunges him into the corrupt world of dictator Idi Amin.

The Dew Breaker, by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf, $22). Danticat's latest work of fiction takes readers from 1960s Haiti, where a torturer, or "dew breaker," committed atrocities, to modern-day Brooklyn, N.Y., where his past crimes - revealed by a severe facial scar - remain largely hidden by a "normal" family life.

Bone to Pick: Of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation and Revenge,

by Ellis Cose (Atria Books, $22). Cose, a Newsweek columnist, offers an exploration of how nations and individuals B heal from a range of ills, such as street crime and international atrocities, and how methods of reconciliation shape our future interactions. …

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