Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
NINETY-NINE GLIMPSES OF PRINCESS MARGARET, by Craig Brown. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.) A British journalist dishes out gossipy tales of Margaret, who reveled in her role as her sister Queen Elizabeth’s disobedient foil. Detailing everything from her disastrous romantic relationships to her bohemian friends, Brown turns the biography genre on its head, even imagining a marriage between Margaret and Picasso.
THE CHANDELIER, by Clarice Lispector. Translated by Benjamin Moser and Magdalena Edwards. (New Directions, $16.95.) The Brazilian writer’s second novel is a laboratory for the themes that occupy her later work: philosophical restiveness, the limits of language. The story follows Virgínia, a deeply dissatisfied young woman who struggles to articulate herself in a male-dominated culture.
SHE HAS HER MOTHER’S LAUGH: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity, by Carl Zimmer. (Dutton, $20.) Zimmer, a science columnist for The Times, explores inheritance in all its varied dimensions — from genetic ancestry to biological definitions of race. Zimmer dispels longstanding scientific misconceptions, introduces facts that may surprise you and brings readers on a delightful journey of genetic discovery.
PROVIDENCE, by Caroline Kepnes. (Random House, $17.) Jon and Chloe are best friends in New Hampshire, growing ever closer until he’s kidnapped. He returns home years later — seemingly healthy but without any memory — and becomes a news media sensation. Sadly, more troubles arise as he and Chloe try to restore their closeness. The story promises the “kind of star-crossed, decade-hopping, supernatural crime romance that bursts at all the right seams,” our reviewer, Charles Finch, wrote.
ROOM TO DREAM, by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna. (Random House, $22.) The authors offer an impressionistic hybrid memoir of Lynch, from McKenna’s biographical sections and Lynch’s emotional recollections. “The portrait that emerges is that of a protean talent who has pungently projected the nightmares of his unconscious into his creative work but who is impressively at peace with his personal demons,” our reviewer, Ben Dickinson, said.
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT CHARLIE OUTLAW, by Leah Stewart. (Putnam, $16.) After his romance with Josie, a B-list actress in her 40s, goes sour, the title character, an actor quickly gaining fame, heads off to a remote island in search of anonymity and peace of mind. The trip takes some unexpected turns, and the novel offers satisfying insights into the difficulty of letting go of a romance.