New in paperback: “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” and “My Broken Language”

THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD: A Hercule Poirot mystery, by Agatha Christie. (Old, 288 pages, $ 10.) This classic, recently re-edited detective story features beloved detective Hercule Poirot and contains one of Christie’s most shocking twists. “When you find out who the murderer is and start flipping through the pages, looking for missed clues,” Tina Jordan recently commented in The Times, “you’ll realize how completely Christie snooked you.”

IT WAS NOW, IT IS THEN, by Vijay Seshadri. (Graywolf, 80 pages, $ 16.) Seshadri’s latest collection, his first since receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 2014, “mesmerizes not with stillness but with zigs and zags,” observed our reviewer, David Orr, who described the poems. as “extremely intelligent, often funny, conceptually complex and shocking.” – full of irony.

MY BROKEN LANGUAGE, by Quiara Alegria Hudes. (One world, 336 pages, $ 18.) In this memoir, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright reflects on family, language, and life in North Philadelphia and at Yale. As our reviewer, Dan-El Padilla Peralta noted, “Hudes brings this world to life in all its glory, oscillating between the linguistic multiplicity of immigrant city life and the zombie enclosures of monolingual whiteness.

FINLAY DONOVAN KILLS HIM, by Elle Cosimano. (Minotaur, 384 pages, $ 17.99.) A newly divorced mother struggles to make a living off her writing when approached about accepting a successful job for $ 50,000. “The plot is often far-fetched,” noted our critic Sarah Weinman, “but the main character is so endearing it’s easy to be ridiculed.”

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