New in Paperback: William Trevors Last Stories and Dani Shapiros Inheritance. – The New York Times

LAST STORIES, by William Trevor. (Penguin, 213 pp., $17.) These 10 tales from the Irish virtuoso of the short story, who died in 2016, center on ordinary people whose lives veer in surprising directions. In this small, final, seemingly quiet but ultimately volcanic book of stories, Trevor denies and defies maybe spites the promise of decline, Cynthia Ozick wrote here.

INHERITANCE: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, by Dani Shapiro. (Anchor, 249 pp., $16.95.) The memoirist and novelist Shapiro recounts her shocking discovery, via a DNA test after both of her parents had died, that she is biologically unrelated to her beloved father. Setting out to find the sperm donor, she reframes her notion of family and her Jewish identity. Our reviewer, Ruth Franklin, called the book beautifully written and deeply moving.

DOING JUSTICE: A Prosecutors Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law, by Preet Bharara. (Vintage, 345 pp., $17.) Bharara, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York and a popular podcaster, explains our justice system and shows the crucial role played by law in society. In these pages, Jennifer Senior wrote that Bharara, as usual, makes a very strong case.

THE DECENT INN OF DEATH, by Rennie Airth. (Penguin, 353 pp., $16.) This sixth book in the series by the South African-born Airth has Chief Inspector John Madden, along with another detective, investigating the seemingly accidental death of a church organist near Winchester. Our Crime columnist, Marilyn Stasio, called the Madden series well worth reading, and rereading.

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New in Paperback: William Trevors Last Stories and Dani Shapiros Inheritance. - The New York Times

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