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New in Paperback: ‘Of Women and Salt’ and ‘Drug Use for Grown-Ups’

AGELESS: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old, by Andrew Steele. (Anchor, 352 pp., $17.) A biologist and physicist describes how our bodily systems decline over time and examines the emerging therapies attempting to slow that process. “Our ultimate aspiration, Steele makes clear, should not be simply improving people’s quality of life as they age,” our reviewer, Annie Murphy Paul, noted. “It should be radically extending the human life span.”

OF WOMEN AND SALT, by Gabriela Garcia. (Flatiron, 224 pp., $16.99.) According to our reviewer, Danielle Evans, this debut novel tracing five generations of Latinas ultimately centers on “the politics of what it takes to navigate the world as women — how women learn to accept brutality, how they escape it and when they learn to use it themselves.”

DRUG USE FOR GROWN-UPS: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear, by Carl L. Hart. (Penguin, 304 pp., $17.) A world-leading expert on the mental effects of recreational drug use shares his experience as a regular heroin consumer and argues convincingly in favor of legalizing opiate use. “When it comes to the legacy of this country’s war on drugs,” our reviewer, Casey Schwartz, commented, “we should all share his outrage.”

THE PUSH, by Ashley Audrain. (Penguin, 336 pp., $17.) This chilling debut novel follows Blythe Connor as she struggles adapting to the realities of motherhood, a disconnect with her newborn daughter and the seismic changes in her relationship with her husband. As our reviewer, Claire Martin, put it, “Blythe’s postpartum experience is familiar, and Audrain renders it flawlessly.”

RELIGION AND THE RISE OF CAPITALISM, by Benjamin M. Friedman. (Vintage, 560 pp., $20.) “If someone had told me that a former chairman of the Harvard economics department would write a major work on Calvinism and its influence, you would have had to consider me a skeptic,” our reviewer, Alan Wolfe, commented. “Nonetheless Benjamin M. Friedman has, and the result is an awakening all its own.”

A TIP FOR THE HANGMAN, by Allison Epstein. (Anchor, 384 pp., $17.) The life and murder of the Elizabethan poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe have provided recurring inspiration to fiction writers. Reviewing this novel in her crime column, Sarah Weinman took note of its modern prose and period research; Epstein, she observed, “breathes life into a celebrated figure, which makes his demise all the more abrupt and horrific.”

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