WIN ME SOMETHING, by Kyle Lucia Wu. (Tin House, 280 pp., $16.95.) In this debut, a young Chinese-American woman spends nine months nannying for a wealthy white family in TriBeCa, which prompts her to revisit her own tumultuous childhood. “Wu’s finely crafted sentences and crisp imagery render visceral Willa’s inner disquiet,” noted our reviewer, YZ Chin.
EXERCISED: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding, by Daniel Lieberman. (Vintage, 464 pp., $17.) Unlike other fitness books, “Exercised” is not trying to sell any diets or fitness plans, our reviewer, Jen A. Miller, observed. Instead, “Lieberman, drawing on his expertise and knowledge of the way evolutionary forces work, takes ideas that have been spun and spun again, often based on shaky information, and cracks them open.”
THE KNOWLEDGE MACHINE: How Irrationality Created Modern Science, by Michael Strevens. (Liveright, 368 pp., $18.95.) “The Knowledge Machine,” the Times critic Jennifer Szalai wrote, “is ultimately a work of philosophy, and should be considered an ambitious thought experiment.” Strevens, who has a background in mathematics, traces the origins of modern sciences and argues that our obsession with empirical data is both irrational and inhuman.
THE FABRIC OF CIVILIZATION: How Textiles Made the World, by Virginia Postrel. (Basic, 320 pp., $17.99.) This history of textiles spans millenniums, from Bronze Age civilizations to Tang dynasty China to 16th-century Europe and beyond. According to our reviewer, Dana Thomas, Postrel’s account is “a journey as epic, and varying, as the Silk Road itself.”