Newly Published, From African Art to 3,000 Years of Athens History

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The New York Times
Dec. 30, 2021

VERDE, by Federico Rios Escobar. (Raya Editorial, $41.56.) The photojournalist spent more than a decade following the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) through Colombian jungles, documenting their day-to-day lives, personal and political.

THE HOTEL, by Sophie Calle. (Siglio, $39.95.) Collected for the first time in a stand-alone book in English, surveillance photographs taken during the artist’s three-week stint as a chambermaid at the Hotel C. in Venice in 1981 reveal the detritus of human life: the patrons’ books and postcards, perfumes and clothes, even the contents of their rubbish bins.

BOOK, by They Might Be Giants. (Idlewild Recordings, $49.) This limited-edition CD-and-book set includes all the lyrics from the alt-rock band’s latest album, typed out on a 1980s IBM Selectric III typewriter, alongside photos by Brian Karlsson.

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AFRICAN ARTISTS: From 1882 to Now, by Phaidon Editors. (Phaidon, $69.95.) Following an introduction by Chika Okeke-Agulu, a professor of African art at Princeton, this anthology of art from across the continent and its diaspora features more than 300 modern and contemporary artists (Julie Mehretu, William Kentridge, Robin Rhode, El Anatsui), revealing their rich and varied contributions to global culture.

RISE: A Pop History of Asian America From the Nineties to Now, by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu and Philip Wang. (Mariner, $28.99.) Filled with guest essays, timelines and beautiful illustrations, this “love letter to and for Asian Americans” considers everything from the Hart-Celler Act to “yellowface,” K-pop and boba.

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ATHENS: City of Wisdom, by Bruce Clark. (Pegasus, $35.) A writer for The Economist takes Athens from its origins to present day, with an in-depth look at 3,000 years of the Greek capital’s history, culture and political resonance.

THE LATINIST, by Mark Prins. (Norton, $26.95.) An Oxford graduate student discovers that her mentor has damaged her prospects in order to keep her close in this retelling of the Daphne and Apollo myth.