THE BOOK OF EATING: Adventures in Professional Gluttony, by Adam Platt. (Ecco, 272 pp., $17.99.) Gout, expandable belts, diets, countless bottles of antacid tablets: Platt, the longtime food critic for New York magazine, dishes up a painfully honest account of what it’s like to eat for a living. “He’s maniacally self-deprecating,” Dwight Garner wrote in The Times last year. “He serves good stories because he doesn’t over-batter them.”
BUSTED IN NEW YORK: And Other Essays, by Darryl Pinckney. (Picador, 416 pp., $19.) In the depth and breadth of these pieces, which range from the Million Man March to the gentrification of Harlem to the streets of Ferguson, Mo., Pinckney “reveals himself to be a skillful chronicler of Black experience in literary criticism, reportage and biography,” our reviewer, Lauretta Charlton, wrote.
LITTLE DARLINGS, by Melanie Golding. (Crooked Lane Books, 328 pp., $16.99.) Our horror columnist, Danielle Trussoni, loved this debut novel about a woman’s descent into paranoia after delivering twins: “Golding’s portrait of new motherhood was so spot on, so filled with the horrible and gruesome realities of childbirth, and the infantilization of women by the medical system, that I couldn’t turn away.”
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado. (Graywolf, 272 pp., $16.) Each chapter of this gutting memoir — which explores Machado’s abusive relationship with another woman while in graduate school — “hews to the conventions of a different genre: road trip, romance novel, creature feature, lesbian pulp novel, stoner comedy,” Parul Sehgal explained in her Times review. “It is a book in shards.”