OUR HARLEM: Seven Days of Cooking, Music and Soul at the Red Rooster, by Marcus Samuelsson, read by the author. (Audible.) An audiobook original of the celebrated chef and restaurateur’s homage to the New York City neighborhood, through its food and culture.

THE DIRT: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars, with Neil Strauss, read by a full cast. (HarperAudio.) The best-selling, sex-and-drugs-and-no-holds-barred 2001 autobiography of Mötley Crüe is now available in audiobook.

HOW TO SKIMM YOUR LIFE, by The Skimm, read by Elise Randall with Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin. (Random House Audio.) The founders and editors of the popular newsletter offer a range of practical advice for adults, from personal finance tips to job questions to the secrets of upscale wine lists.

WHAT DO WE NEED MEN FOR? A Modest Proposal, by E. Jean Carroll, read by the author. (Macmillan Audio.) The former advice columnist recalls a road trip to towns named for women, combined with a widely reported-on list of “The Most Hideous Men of My Life.”

STEPSISTER, by Jennifer Donnelly, read by Jayne Entwistle. (Scholastic Audio.) For young adult listeners, Donnelly reimagines the story of Cinderella with a feminist twist.


A while back, a reader urged me to write about something called a “Zapper” that could supposedly cure AIDS, herpes, cancer and more. (The device in question purported to use electrical energy to annihilate these diseases, a claim those of us who write about science might call evidence-free.) In THE HONEST LOOK, an engaging 2010 novel that eloquently weaves together romantic and scientific story lines, there’s another Zapper — an experimental drug developed by a biotech firm hoping to cure Alzheimer’s. But that’s just one reason the novel entranced me. Its author, Jennifer L. Rohn, a real-life cell biologist, crafts characters and settings with a poetic prowess as insightful as the poetry her protagonist writes. Rohn unspools a suspenseful tale of biochemical mystery and of love longed for, discovered, compromised and maybe one day realized. At its essence is a prismatic exploration of honesty: when it matters, why it matters and how it relates to trust and truth.

Pam Belluck, health and science writer

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Trumpery Resistance

Trumpery Resistance

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MacKenzie Dillon serves as a as a protectorate soldier in the New Republic, a new order that was created from the ravaged mind of a leader who had long ago given up his sanity. Now the New Republic is protected by a wall that keeps out everything that exists in the Wastes and keeps everything within it subjected to the severest restrictions of freedom and mental conditioning.

But MacKenzie is having flashbacks from his youth. The conditioning he has undergone is failing and with it comes a new realization that he is not what he thought he was. Confused by the change in circumstances, he takes on a role that allows him to infiltrate the resistance.

There he uncovers the real reasons behind America’s decline and the formation of the New Republic. But there’s yet more. A secret Caste called the Omega who really controls everything, the truth about the destruction of half the country and a deadly plot that has been set in motion against neighboring nations.

MacKenzie’s quest for the truth and justice is just beginning. But is the way of the resistance any better than what the nation already has?

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