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New in Paperback: ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Lost Children Archive’

BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou. (Vintage, 341 pp., $16.95.) Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, recounts how Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and C.E.O. of Theranos, hoodwinked investors, employees and the public into believing in the $9 billion company’s faulty technology for testing blood. The book tells the story “virtually to perfection,” Roger Lowenstein wrote here.

LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE, by Valeria Luiselli. (Vintage, 361 pp., $16.95.) In this fourth novel by the Mexican-born Luiselli, an unhappily married couple travel to Arizona for work, bringing their two children along. There, they search for a friend’s young daughters, who are undocumented and have gone missing. Our reviewer, Gaiutra Bahadur, called the book “a virtuosic, erudite performance.”

ARISTOTLE’S WAY: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life, by Edith Hall. (Penguin, 254 pp., $17.) Hall, a professor of classics at King’s College London, makes the case that practicing the virtue and moderation central to the philosophy of Aristotle is the key to lasting happiness in the modern world. “It sounds platitudinous enough, but it isn’t, thanks to Hall’s tight yet modest prose,” our reviewer, John Kaag, wrote.

WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals, by Saidiya Hartman. (Norton, 441 pp., $17.95.) Hartman, a MacArthur fellow, explores the lives of young black women at the beginning of the 20th century who found new ways to live independently. The Times’s Parul Sehgal called the book “exhilarating social history.”

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