The best books of the week

The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War

Antonio J. Mendez, Jonna Mendez (nonfiction, PublicAffairs)
A posthumous release from the man who inspired the movie “Argo” about his James Bond-like spy tactics.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered

CNN (photography, Ecco)
It’s been nearly a year since the world lost Bourdain. This collection of photographs, with quotes and reminiscences from those who knew him, is a lovely tribute to the man.

Necessary People

Anna Pitoniak (fiction, Little, Brown)
Stella is rich. Violet is poor. The two friends have had clearly defined roles since their friendship began in college. But when they move to New York, the balance of their friendship changes in disastrous ways.

The Rationing

Charles Wheelen (fiction, WW Norton)
An America of the near-future has a pathogen, and the supply of the miracle pharmaceutical Dormigen has just been depleted. The White House tries to quell the crisis and control the narrative.

Ask Again, Yes

Mary Beth Keane (fiction, Scribner)
In 1973, Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are rookie cops and Bronx neighbors whose kids become friends. But in junior high, violence divides the neighborhood, and the Stanhopes are forced to move.

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