The best books of the week


The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War
Antonio J. Mendez, Jonna Mendez (nonfiction, PublicAffairs)
A posthumous release from the man who inspired the movie “Argo” about his James Bond-like spy tactics.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered
CNN (photography, Ecco)
It’s been nearly a year since the world lost Bourdain. This collection of photographs, with quotes and reminiscences from those who knew him, is a lovely tribute to the man.

Necessary People
Anna Pitoniak (fiction, Little, Brown)
Stella is rich. Violet is poor. The two friends have had clearly defined roles since their friendship began in college. But when they move to New York, the balance of their friendship changes in disastrous ways.

The Rationing
Charles Wheelen (fiction, WW Norton)
An America of the near-future has a pathogen, and the supply of the miracle pharmaceutical Dormigen has just been depleted. The White House tries to quell the crisis and control the narrative.

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