Marco Roth’s memoir, The Scientists: A Family Romance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 23.00), depicts his childhood amid the vanished liberal culture of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a world centered around house concerts, a private library of literary classics, and dinner discussions of the latest advances in medicine. That world ended when his father started to suffer the worst effects of the AIDS virus that infected him in the early 1980s. What this family could not talk about for years came to dominate the lives of its surviving members, often in unexpected ways. “ . . .this slim, fierce meditation takes readers into realms where more emotional, confessional tales rarely tread.”—NPR. Roth helped found the magazine n+1. This is his first book.