"The World Only Spins Forward," by Isaac Butler and Dan...

"The World Only Spins Forward," by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. Credit: Bloomsbury

THE WORLD ONLY SPINS FORWARD: The Ascent of “Angels in America,” by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. With “Angels” returning to Broadway, it’s a good time for this oral history of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the AIDS epidemic and American history. Don’t take our word on the play’s significance; Meryl Streep calls it “the ‘Hamilton’ of its time.” (Bloomsbury, $40)

THE CHÂTEAU, by Paul Goldberg. In this outrageous comic romp, a Washington Post reporter who has lost his job heads to Florida to investigate the apparent death of a plastic surgeon — and finds himself drawn into the antics (and crooked politics) of Château Sedan Neuve, the condo where his dad, one Melsor Yakovlevich Katzenelenbogen, plots to take over the board. (Picador, $26)

THE LOST GIRLS OF CAMP FOREVERMORE, by Kim Fu. Forevermore is a sleepaway summer camp in the Pacific Northwest, and the Lost Girls are Nita, Andee, Isabel, Dina and Siobhan — five campers who in 1994 set out on a kayaking expedition that ends badly. Fu toggles between the young girls’ complex relationships and the women they become in the years to come. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23)

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