Book Reviews

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South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

Alice L. Baumgartner. Basic Books, 2020. 342 pages. $32.00.

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Shapley’s Round Table: A Memoir by the Astronomer’s Daughter

Mildred Shapley Matthews. June L. Matthews and Thomas J. Bogdan, eds. BookBaby, 2021. 299 pages. $20.00.

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Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War

Vincent Brown. Harvard University Press, 2020. 336 pages. $35.00.

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Our Cancers: Poems

Dan O’Brien. Acre Books, 2021. 94 pages. $15.43.

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Cézanne in the Barnes Foundation

Edited by André Dombrowski, Nancy Ireson, and Sylvie Patty. Rizzoli Electa, 2021. 416 pages. $85.00.

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The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

Barry Gewen. W.W. Norton & Company, 2020. 452 pages. $30.00.

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Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Crown Random House, 2020. 239 pages. $27.00.

The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790

Ritchie Robertson. Harper, 2021. 984 pages. $45.00.

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The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World

Sarah Stewart Johnson. Crown, 2020. 267 pages. $28.99.

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

Jenn Shapland. Tin House, 2020. 288 pages. $22.95.

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Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death

Harold Bloom. Yale University Press, 2020. 603 pages. $35.00.

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The Art Museum in Modern Times

Charles Saumarez-Smith. Thames & Hudson Ltd., London and New York, 2021. 271 pages. $39.95.