Posted on 10/07/2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Those who seek peace from literature may want to skip most, if not all, of these excerpts from Tuesday's releases.

The Zealot and the Emancipator, by H.W. Brands, contrasts the actions of John Brown and President Abraham Lincoln as each man fought to end slavery.

Read an excerpt of The Zealot and the Emancipator in the New York Times and see reviews of it at Book Marks.

War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret MacMillan, also looks at strife throughout human history — how it began, why we do it, how it has changed over time, and more such questions.

Read an excerpt of War: How Conflict Shaped Us in the New York Times

For fiction fans comes Earthlings, by Sayaka Murata.

Like her earlier novel, Convenience Store Woman, this novel stars a woman who doesn’t feel as though she belongs — in fact, she thinks she is an alien, a belief that follows her from childhood into adulthood.

Read an excerpt of Earthlings in the New York Times and see reviews of it at Book Marks.

Categories: Today in Books

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