DEFIANCE: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Anne Barnard, by Stephen Taylor. (Norton, $28.95.) Lady Anne Barnard was a Georgian-era London socialite whose legacy included roughly a million words in memoirs, letters, journals, diaries and poems, most of which are unpublished. Over the course of Taylor’s biography, a picture emerges of Anne as a cleareyed yet self-doubting woman determined to live life on her own terms even as she worried about her right to set those terms.
AT THE STRANGERS’ GATE: Arrivals in New York, by Adam Gopnik. (Knopf, $26.95.) In his new memoir, Gopnik recalls the decade after he and his soon-to-be wife moved from Montreal to New York, in 1980. Always the elegant stylist, he effortlessly weaves in the city’s cultural history, tracing his path from graduate student in art history to staff writer for The New Yorker.
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, by Attica Locke. (Mulholland/Little, Brown, $26.) This murder mystery follows Darren Matthews, a black Texas Ranger, as he tries to solve a dual killing in a small town full of zany characters, buried feelings and betrayals that go back generations. Locke writes in a blues-infused idiom that lends a strain of melancholy and a sense of loss to her lyrical style.
THE STONE SKY: The Broken Earth: Book Three, by N. K. Jemisin. (Orbit, paper, $16.99.) Jemisin, who writes the Book Review’s Otherworldly column about science fiction and fantasy, won a Hugo Award for each of the first two novels in her Broken Earth trilogy. In the extraordinary conclusion, a mother and daughter do geologic battle for the fate of the earth.
AFTERGLOW (A Dog Memoir), by Eileen Myles. (Grove, $24.) Myles, the poet and autobiographical novelist, writes about the role her dog Rosie played in her life and art. Myles’s irreverence and relentless curiosity are on full display, and the writing is by turns playful, heartfelt, wise, compassionate, fantastical and audaciously confessional.
ONE NATION AFTER TRUMP: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported, by E. J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann. (St. Martin’s, $25.99.) This book by three seasoned Washington observers devotes considerable space to tackling the unprecedented nature of Donald J. Trump’s election and presidency — but it’s particularly useful in showing how, despite all the talk of Trump as an aberration in American politics, his rise reflects the longer-term trends that have shaped the modern Republican Party.