NYT Syndicate A selection of summaries from The New York Times Book Review: Black Hole Blues: And Other Songs From Outer Space by Janna Levin. Levin tells the story of gravitational waves ""ripples" in the fabric of space-time first theorised by Einstein " and the scientists who built a machine to detect them nearly 100 years later. The collision of two black holes in 2015 allowed researchers to record the first sounds from space, concluding a 50-year experiment. My Struggle Book 5: Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Translated by Don Bartlett. In the 14 years that this volume spans, the one constant is Knausgaard's drive for literary success; the book, the penultimate installment of his autobiographical work, follows him from age 19 through the end of his first marriage and sees him enter a prestigious writing programme and secure a book deal. Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen. A cast of comic, only-in-Florida characters carries out this novel's elaborate farce: Lane, a Hollywood agent kidnapped in error after a fender-bender; his client, the star of a lowbrow reality show; and the woman of the title, who takes Lane hostage. Hiaasen's prose helps to keep"everything at the right temperature," Times reviewer Terrence Rafferty wrote."In Florida, you have to know how to stay cool." Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith. This collection of autobiographical essays sketches out the Appalachian coal-mining town in Virginia where Smith grew up " before Walmart arrived, her father's store was demolished or country became cool. One thing about the South that will never change?"We Southerners love a story," Smith writes,"and we will tell you anything." Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Starting in 18th-century Ghana, the lineages of two half sisters " one married to a white man and living in comfort, the other sold into slavery " unfold in Africa and the United States. Times reviewer Isabel Wilkerson said the novel offers what"enslavement denied its descendants: the possibility of imagining the connection between the broken threads of their origins."
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