"Cuz" by Danielle Allen

"Cuz" by Danielle Allen Credit: Liveright

CUZ: The Life and Times of Michael A., by Danielle Allen. The author, a Harvard professor, tells the shattering story of her young cousin — a promising teenager who was convicted of an attempted carjacking at 15, spent 11 dark years in prison and, as readers learn in Chapter One, was murdered at 29. “Cuz” is a powerful family memoir and study of the criminal justice system. (Liveright, $24.95)

THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, by Brendan Matthews. For fans of big, immersive historical novels, comes this 550-page debut set in 1930s New York City. It opens as Francis and Martin Dempsey travel by ocean liner from Ireland with a small fortune stolen from the IRA to meet their brother, Martin, in New York. In pursuit of the Dempseys and the money: A former IRA hit man. It all plays out against the colorful backdrop of the Depression-era metropolis and the 1939 World’s Fair. (Little, Brown; $28)

THE CHOICE: Embrace the Possible, by Dr. Edith Eva Eger. At the age of 16, the Hungarian author was deported to Auschwitz, where her parents were killed and she was made to dance for the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele in exchange for bread. Now 89 and a clinical psychologist in La Jolla, California, Eger shares her story of survival, along with insights from her clinical practice, to demonstrate how we heal from trauma and suffering. (Scribner, $27)

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