''Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness,'' ''The Flight of Gemma Hardy,'' and other new paperbacks
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller
Fuller’s book serves as both a sequel and a prequel to Don’t Let’s Go to the Dog’s Tonight, her acidly funny 2001 memoir about her Rhodesian childhood. B
Fire and Rain, David Browne
Former EW music critic Browne unfurls the rich cultural history of 1970 through the tales of four seminal albums: Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James, Crosby Stills, Nash & Young’s Déjà Vu, and the Beatles’ Let It Be.
The Flight of Gemma Hardy, Margot Livesey
Livesey’s modern retelling of Jane Eyre captures the gloomy chill — and the passion — of the original.
My American Unhappiness, Dean Bakopoulos
As a puckish, slightly depressed thirtysomething professor tolls away on his research, ”The Inventory of American Unhappiness,” the project begins to consume him.
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
New Year’s Eve, 1937: It takes only a few moments in a smoky, martini-laden Manhattan jazz club to alter the course of 25-year-old Katey Kontent’s life.