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New in Paperback: ‘Harlem Shadows’ and ‘The Black Church’

HARLEM SHADOWS, by Claude McKay. (Modern Library, 112 pp., $15.) McKay’s 1922 poetry collection, in a new reprint introduced by Jericho Brown, explores McKay’s yearning for his Jamaican homeland, the plight of Harlem’s sex workers and the struggle of Black and Caribbean people in the United States.

THE BLACK CHURCH: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, by Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Penguin, 304 pp., $20.) This companion volume to Gates’s PBS series traces the origins of the Black church, from African religions to Roman Catholicism to Islam to Protestantism, and examines its role in American politics. “In Gates’s telling,” noted our reviewer, Jon Meacham, the Black church “shines bright even as the nation itself moves uncertainly through the gloaming, seeking justice on earth.”

OPERATION CHASTISE: The RAF’s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II, by Max Hastings. (Harper Perennial, 432 pp., $18.99.) According to our reviewer, Richard Toye, Hastings’s account of the events of May 16-17, 1943 — the so-called Dambusters raid — is enthralling, “but his analysis of their causes and consequences is equally deserving of attention.”

RAFT OF STARS, by Andrew J. Graff. (Ecco, 304 pp., $16.99.) In this debut, two 10-year-old boys flee into the northern Wisconsin woods and, along with their adult pursuers, grow to become better versions of themselves. The men “enter the woods broken and numbed, exiles in their own bodies,” observed our reviewer, Sam Graham-Felsen, and are softened by the wilderness, which induces them to “open up and cry, reveal their regrets and fears and needs.”

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