November 2018 Book List

November 2018 Book List

What I noticed about the books published in October (which are on this November book list) is that there are many enticing biographies, memoirs, and autobiographies just in time for finding a lamp, a chair, and a blanket this winter and getting lost in someone else’s life. Here’s a list of some of the people’s lives you can immerse yourself in: Marie Colvin, Johnny Rosselli, John Marshall, Edward Gorey, the Beastie Boys, Churchill, Henry Worsley, Michelle Obama, Sally Fields, Ghandi, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Babe Ruth, John Williams, Chopin, Bing Crosby, Philip Johnson, Saul Bellow, Benjamin Rush, Andrew Johnson, and John Kerry. That is quite a list. Surely almost anyone can find a great read for November, or way too many great reads for November. Stay toasty.

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Literature and Fiction

My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel by Oyinkan Braithwaite

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

A Ladder to the Sky: A Novel by John Boyne

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

Wolves of Eden: A Novel by Kevin McCarthy

Tony’s Wife: A Novel by Adriana Trigani

Those Who Knew by Idra Novey

Mystery and Thrillers

The Best Bad Things: A Novel by Katrina Carrasco

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Night Town (A Junior Bender Mystery) by Timothy Hallinan

The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

Dark Sacred Heart by Michael Connelly

Wolves of Eden by Kevin McCarthy

Past Tense (A Jack Reacher Novel) by Lee Child

Debris Line (Gibson Vaughn) by Matthew Fitzsimmons

Seventeen: A Novel by Hideo Yokoyama, Louise Heal Kawai

A Ladder to the Sky: A Novel by John Boyne

The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens

Someone Like Me by M R Carey

Nonfiction

The White Darkness by David Grann

Nashville: Scenes from the New American South by Ann Patchett, Heidi Ross

Heirs of the Founders (The Epic Rivalry of Henry, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants) by H W Brands

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond, Adam Horowitz

Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes by Chris Impey

The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen (Essays)

Gene Machine: The Race to Decipher the Secrets of the Ribosome by Venki Ramakrishnan

The Formula: The Universal Laws of Success by Albert-LászlóBarabási

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’ Hollywood by Karina Longworth

Biographies and Memoirs

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum

Handsome Johnny: The Life and Death of Johnny Rosselli; Gentleman Gangster, Hollywood Producer, Assassin by Lee Server

John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court by Richard Brookhiser

Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts

Why Religion: A Personal Story by Elaine Pagels

The White Darkness by David Grann (Henry Worsley)

Becoming Michelle Obama by Michelle Obama

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fire and Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones by George R R Martin, Doug Wheatley

Someone Like Me by M R Carey

The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal by Forthright

Vita Nostra: A Novel by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

New York Times Book Review

Oct 7

Nonfiction

American Prison by Shane Bauer

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

Farsighted by Steven Johnson

Attention: Dispatches From a Land of Distraction by Joshua Cohen (essays)

The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams

Beautiful Country Burn Again by Ben Fountain

The Imposter: A True Story (Enric Marco) by Frank Wayne

The Shortlist

Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator by Jason M Colby

Spying on Whales by Nick Pyenson

The Last Lobster: Boom or Bust for Maine’s Greatest Fishery? by Christopher White

Eye of the Shoal: A Fisherman’s Guide to Life, the Ocean and Everything by Helen Scales

Fiction

Crime

Wrecked by Joe Ide

Holy Ghost by John Sanford

Dark Tide Rising by Anne Perry

Death of a Rainmaker by Laurie Loewenstein

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Boomer1 by Daniel Torday

The End of the Moment We Had by Toshiki Okada

Crudo by Kathy Acker

Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman

Ordinary People by Diana Evans

Best New Fantasy Novels

Witchmark by C L Polk

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Half Witch by John Schoffstall

Every River Runs to Salt by Rachael K Jones

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix (YA)

Oct. 14

Fiction

The Witch Elm by Tana French

Patient X by David Peace

Deviation by Luce D’Eramo

Nonfiction

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

In Pieces by Sally Field

Looking for Lorraine by Imani Perry

If You Love Me by Maureen Cavanaugh

Ghandi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha

You’ve Been so Lucky Already by Alethea Black

The Arab of the Future 3: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1985-1987 by Riad Sattouf, trans. from the French by Sam Taylor

Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple

Unwanted: Stories of Syrian Refugees by Don Brown (YA)

Oct. 21

Nonfiction

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Mind Unraveled by Kurt Eichenwald

No Property Man by Sean Wilentz

Grand Improvisation by Derek Leebaert

Every Day is Extra by John Kerry

Fiction

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Children of God by Lars Petter Sveen

Jean Harley Was Here by Heather Taylor-Johnson

One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan (Tamil)

CoDex 1962 by Sion

Crime Novels

Shell Game (V I Warshawski) by Sara Paretsky

The Stranger Game by Peter Godol

The Darkness by Victoria Cribb

The Midnight Witness (Louise Rich) by Sara Blaedel trans. from the Danish by Mark Kline

Oct. 28

Thrillers

The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Find Me Gone by Sarah Meuleman

Horror Fiction

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Little by Edward Carey

I Am Behind You by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Devil’s Day by Andrew Michael Hurley

True Crime

Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers from the Stone Age to the Present by Peter Vronsky

The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer by J Reuben Appelman

In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent’s Relentless Pursuit of the Nation’s Worst Predators by Jeffry L Rinek

A Tale of Two Murders: Guilt, Innocence, and the Execution of Edith Thompson by Laura Thompson

The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul by Eleanor Herman

Blood and Ivy: The 1849 Murder that Scandalized Harvard by Paul Collins

Fiction

City of Crows by Chris Womersley

In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt

Shortlist (Crossover YA Novels)

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

A Heart in the Body of the World by Deb Caletti

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Nonfiction

The Sky is Falling by Peter Biskind

Kafka’s Last Trial by Benjamin Balint

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman (Essays)

University of Nike by Joshua Hunt

Nov. 2

Fiction

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lake on Fire by Rosellen Brown

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

The Shortlist (Family Sagas)

In Your Hands by Inês Pedrosa

The Hope Fault by Tracy Farr

News of Our Loved Ones by Abigail DeWitt

Transgender Literature

Freshwater by Akwaeki Emezi

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Chen Thom

Nonfiction

On Sunset by Kathryn Harrison

American Dialogue by Joseph J Ellis

The King and the Catholics by Antonia Fraser

She Wants It by Jill Soloway

Melting Pot or Civil War by Reihan Salam *

Capitalism in America by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge *

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron DeHart *

The Corrosion of Conservatism by Max Boot *

Never Ran, Never Will by Albert Samaha

We Are the Nerds by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

Publisher’s Weekly

 

Oct. 8

What if it’s Us? By Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (YA)

Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly – Thriller

The Witch Elm by Tana French – Mystery

99 Ways to Die by Ed Lin – F

Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery by Laurie Loewenstein – Mystery

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton – F

One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan trans. from the Tamil by Aniruddhan Vasudevan – F

Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return by Martin Riker – F

The Souls of Yellow Folk by Wesley Yang – Essays

Bridge City by Markus Zusak – YA

Oct 15

Unfurled by Michelle Bailat-Jones – F

A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese-Anne Fowler – F

Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl by Uwe Johnson, trans, from the German by Damion Searls – F

The Darkness by Ragnor Jonasson – Thriller

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver – F

Heavy – An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon – Memoir

The Big Fella by Jan Leavy (Babe Ruth) – Biography

The Library Book by Susan Orlean – NF

Melmoth by Sarah Perry – F

Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror by W Scott-Poole – NF

The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel: John Williams, ‘Stoner’, and the Writing Life by Charles J Shields – Biography

Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar – Fantasy

Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times by Alan Walker – Bio

The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy by Stephen M Wait – NF *

Oct. 22

Of Love and War by Lynsey Addario – Photos

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah – Short stories

Little by Edward Carey – F

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay – F

18 Miles: The Epic Drama of Our Atmosphere and its Weather by Christopher Dewdney – NF

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz – Illus. Bio

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth – Thriller

Rush: Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father by Stephen Fried – Bio

The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics by David S Heidler and Jeanne T Heidler – Bio

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson – F

The Line by Martin Limón -Mystery

Astounding: John W Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A Heinlein, L Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee – NF *

An Empire for Ravens: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery by Mary Reid and Eric Mayer – Mystery

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth – YA Fantasy

Oct. 29

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly – F

Valley Forge by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin – NF

Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star – The War Years, 1940-1946 by Gary Giddens – Bio

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris – Fantasy Thriller

Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck and a New History of America’s Origin by Joseph Kelly – NF

Elevation by Stephen King – F

Bastard by Max Radiguès – Graphic Novel

The Hole by Jose Revueltas, trans. from the Spanish by Amanda Hopkinson and Sophie Hughes – F

The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Vol. 2 1956-1963, Edited by Peter K Steinberg and Karen V Kukil – NF

Family Trust by Kathy Wang – F

Nov. 5

The Day that Went Missing by Richard Beard – F

Evening in Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin (pub. Posthumously) – short stories

An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere by Mikita Brottman – True crime

Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child – F

An Agent of Utopia by Andy Duncan – Short Stories

The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century by Mark Lamster – Bio

The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005 by Zackary Leader – Biography

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – Thriller

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – Fantasy

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts – Bio *

We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress by Craig Morgan Teicher – NF

Beyoncéin Formation: Remixing Black Feminism by Omise’eke Tinsley – NF

A Shot in the Dark: A Constable Twitten Mystery by Lynn Truss – Mystery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2018 Book List

October 2018 Book List

I am attempting to be a bit more interactive so I am turning this book list into

A Survey and a Drawing

Choose 5 titles that interest you from this book list. Write them on a post card or a on a sheet of paper to place in an envelope. Send your list to PO Box 3876, Syracuse, NY 13220.

Drawing: After I receive 50 surveys I will pick a winner and send a mug (see picture at the end of the list. You will need to add your email address to the card or note (I will not keep it after the drawing) so I can contact you if you win. You will also need to say whether you want the cup that has the flowered armchair, or the cheap seats.

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Literature and Fiction

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

Killing Commendatore: A Novel by Haruki Murakami *

Unsheltered: a Novel by Barbara Kingsolver *

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony

A Spark of Light: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

Waiting for Eden: A Novel by Eliot Ackerman

Little: A Novel by Edward Carey

November Road: A Novel by Lou Berney

Gone So Long: A Novel by Andre Dubus III

Mysteries and Thrillers

The Other Wife by Michael Robotham

Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse

The Reckoning by John Grisham *

Wrecked (An IQ Novel) by Joe Ide

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

The Craftsman: A Novel by Sharon Bolton

Consumed (Firefighters Series) by JR Ward

Thin Air: A Novel by Richard K. Morgan

November Road: A Novel by Lou Berney

Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920’s by Leslie S Klinger, Otto Penzier

The Witch Elm by Tana Frence

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Nonfiction

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Brand by Hand: Blisters, Calluses, Clients: A Life of Design by Jon Contino

Last Days of the Concorde: The Crash of Flight 4500 and the End of Supersonic Passenger Travel by Samme Chittum

Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion and Revolution by Ben Fountain *

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich *

Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts by Brené Brown

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison, Lisa Sweetingham

Impossible Owls: Essays by Brian Phillips

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz

Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media by PW Singer, Emerson T Brooking

The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays by Wesley Yang

Biographies and Memoirs

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History by Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally

I Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson

My Love Story by Tina Turner *

The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee by Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger *

Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson, Ilana Allzer

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips

Who is Michael Orvitz? By Michael Orvitz

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats, and Joyce by Colm Toibin

Roger Daltry: Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story by Roger Daltrey

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir by Casey Gerald

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W Blight

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

New York Times Book Review

Sept. 2

Nonfiction

The Splintering of the American Mind by William Egginton

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault

Bitwise by David Auerbach

Identity by Francis Fukuyama

The Lies that Bind by Kwame Anthony Appiah

Dead Girls by Alice Bolin

Against Memoir by Michelle Tea

Dickinson’s Nerves, Frost’s Woods by William Logan

Fiction

Red, White, Blue by Lea Carpenter

Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman

The Garden Party of Fugitives: A Literary Tale of Love and Obsession by Ceridwen Dovey

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Read Me by Leo Benedictus

The Shortlist

A Walk Through Paris by Eric Hazan

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now by Peter Mayle  *

A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment by Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell

(not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside

Crime Novels

Gravesend by William Boyle

Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson

In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

Sunrise Highway by Peter Blauner

Sept. 9

Nonfiction

The 21 Lessons for the 21stCentury by Yuval Noah Hazari

Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham

Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity by Michael Kinch

Boom Town by Sam Anderson (Oklahoma City)

Small Trip by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire by Deborah Baker

Fiction

Presidio by Randy Kennedy

The Devoted by Blair Hurley

The World is a Narrow Bridge by Aaron Their

Cherry by Nico Walker

Open Men by Lisa Locascio

Babylon by Yasmina Reza

Katerina by James Frey

Sept. 16

Nonfiction

How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley

These Truths by Jill Lepore  *

The Browns of California by Miriam Powell

Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Rule Makers, Rule Breakers by Michele Gelfand

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Embattled Vote in America by Allan J. Lichtman

The Fall of Wisconsin by Dan Kaufman

The Improbable Wendell Willkie by David Levering Lewis

The Oath and the Office by Corey Brett Schneider

America: The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges *

Fiction

Conscience by Alice Mattison

Crime

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelicanos

A Forgotten Place by Charles Todd

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

Paris in the Dark by Robert Olen Butler

Essays

Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow

Sept. 23

Fiction

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Still Life with Monkey by Katharine Weber

Romance

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Stripped by Zoey Castile

Free Fall by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham

The Shortlist (Fiction-Lost young men)

Empire of Light by Michael Bible

aBrother: A Novel by David Chariandy

A Diet of Worms by Erik Rasmussen

Nonfiction

Can You Tolerate This? By Ashleigh Young

The Schoolhouse Gate by Justin Driver

A Chill in the Air by Iris Origo

Underbug by Lisa Margonelli

The Victorian and the Romantic by Neil Stevens

Big Game by Mark Leibovich

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood

Ticker by Mimi Swartz

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy by Anne Boyd Rioux

Disordered Brain by Eric Kandel

Sept. 30

Fiction

My Struggle, Bk. 6, by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart  *

His Favorites by Kate Walbert

The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Ohio y Stephen Markley

Immigrant Montana by Amitava Kumar

The Piranhas by Roberto Saviano

Nonfiction

The Field of Blood by Joanne Freeman

Passing for Human by Liana Finch

Publisher’s Weekly Tip Sheet

Sept. 3

Better Times by Sara Batkie (Short Stories)

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs  (NF)

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman (F)

Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham (Memoir)

Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Life in Contemporary Palestine by Marcello DiCintio (NF)

The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House by Norman Eisen (NF)

Pale Horse Rider by William Cooper (F)

The Rise of Conspiracy and the Fall of Trust in America by Mark Jacobson (NF)

Every Day is Extra by John Kerry (Memoir)

The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling (F)

And the Ocean was Our Sky by Patrick Ness (F)

After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel, trans. from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey (F)

We That Are Young by Preti Taneja (F)

Ponti by Sharlene Teo (F)

Sept. 17

Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy by Benjamin Balint (NF)

American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shana Bauer (NF) *

Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity by Nick Bunker (NF)

A Heart in the Body of the World by Deb Coletti (F)

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (F)

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (NF)

The Infinite Blacktop by Sarah Gran (F)

Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar (NF)

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre (NF)

The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America during World War II by Mary Jo McConahay (NF)

How to Invent Everything: A Survival’s Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North (Humorous)

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh (Memoir)

Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood and the World by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope (NF)

Pride by Ibi Zoboi (YA+)

Sept. 21

Waiting for Eden by Eliot Ackerman (F)

Bad Friends by Ancco, trans. from the Korean by Janet Hong (F)

Transcription by Kate Atkinson (F)

Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution by Ben Fountain (Essays)

The War Outside by Monica Hesse (YA+)

The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee by Sam Kasher and Nancy Schoenberger (NF)

The Governesses by Anne Serre, trans. from the French by Mark Hutchinson (F)

Home After Dark by David Small  (F)

The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (F)

Oct. 1

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (Memoir)

The Ice Swimmer by Kjell Ola Dahl, trans. from the Norwegian by Dan Bartlett (F)

Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III (F)

Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray (NF)

What If this Were Enough? Essays by Heather Havrilesky (NF)

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 edited by NK Jemisin (Sht. Stories)

The Taiga Syndrome by Christine Rivera Garza trans. from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine and Aviva Kana (F)

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman (YA+)

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides (NF)

Reagan: An American Journey by Bob Spitz (NF)

Photo Credit: From a Google Image Search – Enger County Library

September 2018 Book List

September 2018 Book List

It’s September already and I haven’t finished my summer reading yet, so I still have quite a pile of books spilling over into fall. You won’t find many starred selections to add to my pile on this list yet. But I am guessing I will be choosing more titles from this list in the future. There are many things that divide our attention these days and reading, a time-consuming pastime, may seem hard to fit into your schedule, but a single book, ostensibly about only one topic, brings to mind so much more than perhaps the author even intended. For depth, for language, for character, for ideas, for world view, no other media offers as much as a great book. Find time if you can in this busy season to read some books that appeal to you.

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Literature and Fiction

Washington Black: A Novel by Esi Odegyan

A Key to Treehouse Living by Elliot Reed

Lake Success: A Novel by Gay Shteyngart

We That Are Young: A Novel by Preti Taneja

Transcription: A Novel by Kate Atkinson *

Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman

French Exit: A Novel by Patrick deWitt

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock: A Novel by Imogn Hermes Gowar

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris

Mysteries and Thrillers

Cross Her Heart: A Novel by Sarah Pinborough

The Wildlands: A Novel by Abby Geni

Rylan Does to Detroit by Peter Leonard

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Wild Fire: A Shetland Island Mystery by Ann Cleeves

Lethal White (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Gilbraith

The Piranhas: The Boy Bosses of Naples: A Novel by Roberto Saviano Antony Shugaar

Depth of Winter (A Longmire Mystery) by Craig Johnson

Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit (A Kopp Sisters Novel) by Amy Stewart

The Forbidden Place by Susanne Jansson

The Man Who Came Uptown by George Pelicanos

Nonfiction

Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry

Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization by Mary Beard

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward

How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler by Ryan North

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing by Merve Emre

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy by Paige Williams

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr

Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL by Jeff Perlman

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Daeman Voices: On Stories and Storytelling by Philip Pullman

21 Lessons for the 21stCentury by Yuval Noah Harari

Biographies and Memoirs

My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science and Senseless Love by Dessa

On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by De Ray Mckesson

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman

Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House by Norman Eisen

In Pieces by Sally Field

A Song for the River by Philip Connors

The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation by Miriam Pawel

The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War by Neal Bascomb

New York Times Book Review

Aug. 2

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (F)

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (F) *

Metamorphics by Zachery Mason (F)

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo (F)

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley (F)

Nonfiction

The Trials of Nina McCall by Scott W Stern

Dopesick by Beth Macy

Amity and Prosperity by Eliza Griswold

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela *

Light of the Stars by Adam Frank

City of Devils by Paul French

Rome: A History of Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale

What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha

The Poisoned City by Anna Clark

Conceivability by Elizabeth Katkin

An Excellent Choice by Emma Brockes

Kissinger the Negotiator by James K Sekenius, R. Nicholas Burns, and Robert H Mrookin

A Girl Stands at the Door by Rachel Devlin

In Search of Mary Shelby by Fiona Sampson

Aug. 12

Fiction

Hit and Misses by Simon Rich

A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen

The Middle Man by Olen Steinhauer

Playthings by Alex Pheby

The Shortlist

Sugar Money by Jane Harris

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

The Butcher’s Daughter by Victoria Glendinning

The Removes by Tatjana Soli

Nonfiction

Crashed by Adam Tooze

Aroused by Randi Hutter Epstein

Empress by Ruby Lai

No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

Killing It by Camas Davis

Carbon Ideologies by William T Vollmann

Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein

No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L Moore

Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition by Roger Scruton

Into the Hands of Soldiers by David D Kirkpatrick

August 19

Nonfiction

The Tangled Tree by David Quammen

Into the Hands of the Soldiers by David D Kirkpatrick

The Third Bank of the River by Chris Feliciano Arnold

My Year of Dirt and Water by Tracy Franz

Borrowed Time by James Freeman and Vern McKinley

After the Educations Wars by Andrea Gabor

Rising by Elizabeth Rush

The Equations of Life by Charles S Cockell

Devil’s Mile by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Fiction

Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson

The Family Tabor by Cherise Wola

A Long Island Story by Rick Gekoski

Crime Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Isolation Mountain by Stephen O’Connor

The Breakers by Marcia Muller

Don’t Eat Me by Colin Cotterill

August 26

Nonfiction

Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

The Husband Hunters by Anne de Courcy

I Will Be Complete by Glen David Gold (Memoir)

Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

Jello Girls by Allie Rowbottom

Ninety-nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

Small Animals by Kim Brooks

The Fighters by CJ Chivers

Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi

Fiction

The Traitor’s Niche by Ismael Kadare

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

If You See Me Don’t Say Hi by Neel Patel

A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers

The Shortlist

Love by Hanne Orstavik, trans. by Martin Aitken

Wait, Blink: A Novel by Gunnhild Oyehaug, trans by Kari Dickson

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

Sept. 2

Nonfiction

The Splintering of the American Mind by William Egginton

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Hait

Arthur Ashe: A Life by Raymond Arsenault

Bitwise by David Auerbach

Identity by Francis Fukuyama

The Lies that Bind by Kwame Anthony Appiah

Dead Girls by Alice Bolen

Against Memoir by Michelle Tea

Dickinson’s Nerves, Frost’s Woods by William Logan

Fiction

Red, White, Blue by Lea Carpenter

Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman

The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur *

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Read Me by Leo Benedictus

The Shortlist

A Walk Through Paris by Eric Hazan, trans. by David Fernbach

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now by Peter Mayle

A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomical Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment by Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell

(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside

Crime Novels

Gravesend by William Boyle

Depth of Winter by Walt Longmire

In Her Bones by Kate Moretti

Sunrise Highway by Peter Blauner

Publisher’s Weekly Tip Sheet

August 6

The Spy of Venice by Benet Brandreth (F)

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin (F) (Graphic Novel)

So Much Left Over by Louis de Bernieres (F)

Nameless Serenade: Nocturne for Commisario Ricciardi by Maurizio de Giovanni, trans. from the Italian by Antony Shugaar (F)

Perennial by Kelly Forsythe (F) *

Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin (F)

Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins (NF) (Essays)

The Blue and the Black: A Cop Reveals Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris (NF)

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hanna Kim (F)

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy (NF)

A Short Film About Disappointment: A Novel by Joshua Mattson (F)

The Arab of the Future 3: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1985-1987 by Riad Sattouf (Memoir)

Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah (F)

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf (NF)

August 13

Blind Kiss: A Novel by Renée Carlino (F)

Pinnacle City by Matt Carter and Fiona J. Titchwell (F)

Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century by Nate Chinen (NF)

Don’t Eat Me by Colin Cotterill (Mystery)

The End of all Our Exploring by F.Brett Cox (Short Stories)

Pretty Things by Virginia Despentes (F)

Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, The American Revolution’s Lost Hero by Christian Di Spigna (NF)

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear (Mystery)

De Gaulle by Julian Jackson (Bio)

The Carrying by Ada Limón (Poems)

Amateur: A True Story about What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee (NF)

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, trans. from the Polish by Jennifer Croft (F)

August 20

Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood by James Baldwin for his nephew, Ages 10+ (reprint)

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (Fantasy)

Fogland Point by Doug Burgess “a standout” (F)*

Red, White, Blue by Lee Carpenter (spy novel)

Heartbreaker: A Novel by Claudia Dey (F) “it’s the voice”

Desirable Body by Hubert Haddad (F)

Summer by Karl Ove Knausgaard (F)

The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home by Tima Kurdi (NF)

Notes from the Fog by Ben Marcus (Short Story)

Swift Vengeance by T Jefferson Parker (F)

A Life of My Own by Claire Tomain (Memoir)

August 27

Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness Accounts from the Greatest Medical Holocaust in Modern History by Catharine Arnold (NF)

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene Carruthers (NF)

The Imposter: A True Story by Javier Cercas (Bio)

Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames (Fantasy) “a messy glorious romp” *

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas (NF)

21 Lessons for the 21stCentury by Yuval Noah Harari (NF)

Little Comfort by Edwin Hall (F)

The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves by Eric R Kandel (NF)

Been So Long: My Life and Music by Jorma Kaukonen (Memoir)

Dog Symphony by Sam Munson (F)

September 3

Better Times by Sara Batkie (Short Stories)

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Memoir)

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman (F)

Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham (Memoir)

Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Life in Contemporary Palestine by Marcello Di Cintio (Memoir)

The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House (NF)

Pale Horse Rider: William Cooper, The Rise of Conspiracy, and the Fall of Trust in America by Mark Jacobson (NF)

Every Day is Extra by John Kerry (Memoir)

The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling (F)

After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel, trans. from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey (F)

We That are Young by Preti Taneja (F)

Ponti by Sharlene Teo (F)

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2018 Book List

August 2018 Book List

There is not as much current politics in the August publications as in other recent months but that doesn’t mean that all these new books are upbeat. Readers know, however, that plenty of really good reads are not necessarily cheerful, and some are downright dark. This month we have some writers who manage to be both funny and thought-provoking.

Once again I am sharing the list of new books I compile each month to help me (and you) select what to read next. This list has only titles, but, in each case, if you go to the source of my lists you will find more information about these titles. Amazon offers summaries of each book on its Amazon books page. The New York Times Book Review has assigned each of the titles on their list to an expert reviewer and these reviews are available on line and Publishers Weekly publishes a Tip Sheet each week where experts summarize and offer commentary on each book on their list. If a book sounds interesting go to the source and check it out, Google the title or try your library.

Amazon

Literature and Fiction

Meet Me at the Museum: A Novel by Anne Youngson

Severance: A Novel by Ling Ma *

Rust and Stardust: A Novel by T. Greenwood

Up From Freedom by Wayne Grady *

The Air you Breathe: A Novel by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Other People’s Love Affairs: Short Stories by D. Wystan Owen

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Marvelous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim by Marcia Douglas

Cherry: A Novel by Nico Walker

Ohio by Stephen Markley

Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Mysteries and Thrillers

The Middlemen: A Novel by Olen Steinhauer

Feared: A Rosato and DiNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline

A Double Life by Flynn Berry

Rust and Stardust: A Novel by T. Greenwood

Pieces of Her: A Novel by Karin Slaughter

The Washington Decree: A Novel by Jussie Adler-Olsen, Steve Schein

The Third Hotel: A Novel by Laura Van Den Berg

Tailspin by Sandra Brown

Putney: A Novel by Sofka Zinovieff *

Vox: A Novel by Christina Dalcher

Biographies and Memoirs

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammed Lori

King Con: The Bizarre Adventures of the Jazz Age’s Greatest Imposter by Paul Willetts

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brien

Been So Long: My Life and Music by Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick

Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon by Charles Casillo

The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC 5, and my Life of Impossibilities by Wayne Kramer

All Happy Families: A Memoir by Jeanne McCulloch

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris *

Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Last Hero by Christian Di Spigna

Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor by Linda D. Dahl

Jell-o Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Black God’s Drums by P Djèli Clark

Temper: A Novel by Nicky Drayden

Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells *

Note to self: Murderbot Diaries

#1 All Systems Red

#2 Artificial Condition

#3 Rogue Protocol

#4 Exit Strategy

Dreadful Company (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) by Vivian Shaw

Blood of the Gods (The Ascension Cycle) by David Mealing

Shadow’s Bane (Dorina Bassarak) by Karen Chance

The Warrior Queen (The Hundreth Queen Series) by Emily R. King

Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen

Raven Cry (Raven’s Mark) by Ed McDonald

Foundryside: a Novel (The Founder’s Trilogy) by Robert Jackson Bennett *

The Descent of Monsters (The Tensorate Series) by J. Y. Young

Nonfiction

Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart by Mimi Swartz

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City by Sam Anderson

Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology by Lisa Margonelli

Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge by Susan Hand Shetterly

Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality by Bonnie J. Rough

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen

Devil’s Miles: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery by Alice Sparberg Alexion

Epic Hikes of the World (Lonely Planet) by Lonely Planet

Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back) by Mara Altman

New York Times Book Review

July 6

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (F)

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy (Short Stories)

White River Running by John Verdon (Crime)

SNAP by Belinda Bauer (Crime)

Stay Hidden by Paul Doiron (Crime

Baby’s First Felony by John Straley (Crime

Spring by Karl Ove Knausgaard (F)

Basic Black with Pearls by Helen Weinzweig (F)

The Wind in My Hair by Masih Alinejad (NF)

My Brother Moochie by Issac Bailey (NF)

From Cold War to Hot Peace by Michael McFaul (NF)

The Unpunished Vice by Edmund White (NF)

Imperial Twilight by Stephen R. Platt (NF)

House of Nutter by Lance Richardson (NF) (Men’s Fashion Designer)

Tailspin by Steven Brill (NF)

Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson (NF)

Kicks by Nicholas Smith (NF)

The End of the French Intellectual by Shlomo Sand (NF)

July 15

Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams (F)

That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (F)

The Shades by Evgenia Citkowitz (F)

T Singer by Dag Solstad (F)

Armand V by Dag Solstad

Give People Money by Annie Lowrey (NF)

The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang (NF)

Proust’s Duchess by Caroline Weber (NF) *

The Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein (Memoir) *

See You Again in Pyongyang by Travis Jeppesen (NF)

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (Essays)

Squeezed by Alissa Quart (Essays)

Yes We (Still) Can by Dan Pfeiffer (NF)

Little Panic by Amanda Stern (NF)

The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy

July 22

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (F)

Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne (F)

After the Monsoon by Robert Karjel (F)

The Third Hotel by Laura Van den Berg (F)

The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek

The Sinners by Ace Atkins (Crime)

A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay (Crime)

The Last Thing I Told You by Emily Arsenault (Crime)

Some Die Nameless by Wallace Stroby (Crime)

A Double Life by Flynn Berry (Thriller)

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (Thriller)

The Price You Pay by Aidan Truhen (Thriller)

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones (Thriller)

The Banker’s Wife by Christina Alger (Thriller)

Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes (Thriller)

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh (Thriller)

Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margalit Fox (NF)

July 29

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li (F)

The Emperor of Shoes by Spencer Wise (F)

Early Work by Andrew Martin (F)

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg (F)

Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman (F)

We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo (F)

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon (F)

The Storm by Arif Anwar (F)

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (F)

The Distance Home by Paula Sanders (F)

Sabrina (Graphic Novel) by Nick Drnaso (F)

The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani (NF)

Sugar: The World Corrupted by James Walvin (NF)

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore (NF)

Milk! By Mark Kurlansky (NF)

Charles James: Portrait of an Unreasonable Man by Michèle Gerber Klein (NF)

Loulou and Yves: The Untold Story of Loulou de La Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent by Christopher Petkanas (NF)

Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric by Madison Moore (NF)

Publisher’s Weekly

July 9

The Brink: The President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983 by Marc Ambinder (NF)

Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont by Saul Austerlitz (NF)

New Poets of Native Nations, ed. by Heid E Erdrich (Poetry)

A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen (F)

A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety by Donald Hall (NF)

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jenson (F) (YA+)

Baby Blue by Pol Koutsakis (F)

Comemadre by Roque Larraquy, trans. from the Spanish by Heather Cleary (“a wickedly entertaining tale”)

The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy (Autobiography)

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim (F) (sounds very cool) *

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Mosfegh (F) (Next on my Kindle)

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (F) *

The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen (NF)

The Lost Chapters: Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time by Leslie Schwartz (NF)

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (F) *

July 16

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (F)

The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons (Short Stories)

The Annotated Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, editied by Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Rizzulo (F) (A Deluxe Reissue)

OK, Mr. Field by Katherine KIlalea (F)

Homeplace: A Southern Town, A Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk by John Lingan (NF)

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire (F) *

Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance by Mike Scardino (Memoir)

The Other Woman by Daniel Silva (F) *

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage (F)

The King’s Assassin: The Secret Plot to Murder James I by Benjamin Woolley (NF)

Condomnauts by Yoss, trans. from the Spanish by David Frye

July 23

Devil’s Mile: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery by Alice Sparberg Alexiou (NF)

The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places by William Atkins (NF) *

Contagion by Erin Bowman (Science Fiction)

Mary B by Katherine J Chen (F)

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl (F)

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh (F)

July 30

I Didn’t Talk by Beatriz Bracher, trans. from the Portuguese by Adam Morris (F)

Brother: A Novel by David Chariandy (F)

The Ghost Script by Jules Feiffer (F)

Poppy Harmon Investigates by Lee Hollis (F)*

Immigrant, Montana by Amitava Kumar (F) *

The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies by Dawn Raffel (NF)

Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw (F)

A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale (Fantasy)

The Lost Education of Horace Tate: Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools by Vanessa Siddle Walker (NF)

August 6

If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar (Short Stories)

The Spy of Venice by Benet Brandreth (F)

So Much Life Left Over by Louis de Bernières (F)

Nameless Serenade: Nocturne for Commissario Ricciardi by Maurizio de Giovanni (F)

Perennial by Kelly Forsythe (NF) (Columbine) *

Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin (F)

Maeve In America: Essays from a Girl from Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins (Essays) (“meaningful and funny”) *

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris (NF)

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim (F)

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and The Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy (NF)

A Short Film about Disappointment by Joshua Mattson (F) (“rife with ingenious humor and inventiveness”) *

Before She Sleeps: A Novel by Bina Shah (F)

Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World by Maryanne Wolf (NF)

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*Top of my reading list

 

July 2018 Book List

July 2018 Book List

Every month new books arrive in our lives and in our bookstores and libraries and so it is difficult to keep up with what is out there. I made these book lists for myself but then I decided to share them. All of this information is available elsewhere online, but not in one place. I added a * symbol next to books that piqued my interest the most. Happy reading!

Amazon

Literature and Fiction

What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan

Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce *

A Terrible Country: A Novel by Keith Gessen

The Mere Wife: A Novel by Maria Dahvana Headley

Clock Dance: A Novel by Anne Tyler *

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottesa Moshfegh *

America for Beginners by Leah Franqui

All We Ever Wanted: A Novel by Jordy Rosenberg

Mysteries and Thrillers

Baby’s  First Felony by John Straley

Safe Houses: A Novel by Dan Fesperman

The Ruin: A Novel by Dervla McTiernan

Hangman: A Novel by Daniel Cole

Baby Teeth: A Novel by Zoje Stage

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

The Other Woman by Daniel Silva

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery  by Andrew Shaffer

The Last Time I Lied: A Novel by Riley Sager

Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe

Believe Me: A Novel by J P Delaney

Biographies and Memoirs

A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety by Donald Hall

Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border by Porter Fox

Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women (Rad Women) by Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

Risk: True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare to Share by Kevin Allison

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now by Peter Mayle *

Cancerland: A Medical Memoir by David Scadden, Michael D’Antonio

Happily Ever Esther: Two Men, A Wonder Pig, and Their Life-changing Mission to Give Animals a Home by Steve Jenkins

You’re On An Airplane: A Self Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey

City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French *

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Becky Dorey-Stein

Nonfiction

Don’t Make Me Pull Over: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip by Richard Ratay

Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL by Rob Reich

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson

Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, The Quest for Justice, and The World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox

Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border by Porter Fox *

The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West by John F. Ross

The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark *

Risk: True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare to Share by Kevin Allison (Ed.)

The Billionaire Raj: A Journey through India’s New Gilded Age by James Crabtree *

Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U S Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent

Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont by Saul Austerlitz

New York Times Book Review

June 3

Fiction

The Outsider by Stephen King

First Person by Richard Flanagan

The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley

A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza

Do This For Me by Raney Moore

The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan

The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen

Circe by Madeline Miller

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain *

How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson

What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart

He by John Connolly

Madness is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman

The Life List of Adrian Mandrich by Chris White

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Nonfiction

Pops by Michael Chabon (essays) *

Inseparable by Yunte Huang

Robin by Dave Itzkoff

Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money and Other Burning Questions From a Nation Obsessed by Jessica Weisberg *

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

All the Answers by Michael Kupperman

Flash by Christopher Bonanos

To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine

Chefs, Drugs and Rock and Roll by Andrew Friedman

Renaissance Woman by Ramie Targoff

Daughters of the Winter Queen by Nancy Goldstone

Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers

Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal by Jonathan Green

Adventures of a Young Naturalist by David Allen Attenborough

Bernice Abbott: A Life in Photography by Julia Van Haaften

The Wondrous Life of the Library by Stuart Kells

The Rise and Fall of the Dinaosaurs by Steve Brusatte

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist

A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth

June 10

Crime Fiction

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly

Exit Strategy by Charlton Pettus

Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea

The Fens (An Abby Endicott Mystery) by Pamela Wechsler

Fiction

Companions by Christina Hesselholdt (Danish)

Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto (Mozambique)

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje *

Disoriental by Nigar Djavadi (“I’m not an immigrant, I’m an exile.”

Nonfiction

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by John Meacham

The Efficiency Paradox by Edward Tenner

Jimmy Carter: The White House Years by Stuart Eizenstat

Edge of Chaos by Dambisa Moyo

There Are No Grown-Ups by Pamela Druckerman

The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey

Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Thomas Ramge

The China Mission by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

Struggles of Motherhood

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger

Amateur Hour : Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words by Kimberly Harrington

June 17

Fiction

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Kudos by Rachel Cusk

Nonfiction

And Then We Danced by Henry Alford

Celestial Bodies by Laura Jacobs

Frenemies by Ken Auletta

Reporter by Samuel M Hersh

The Girl from Kathmandu by Cam Simpson

Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Prodigal Tongue: The Love Hate by Lynne Murphy

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Our Towns by James and Deborah Fallows *

The Perfectionists by Simon Winchester

The Death of Democracy by Benjamin Carter Hett

The Great Revolt by Salena Zito and Brad Todd (Allows Trump backers to speak in their own voices)

Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North by Mark C Serreze

To the Edges of the Earth: 1909, the Race for the Three Poles, and the Climax of the Age of Exploration by Edward J Larson

The Ends of the Earth: The Truth Behind the Glory of Polar Exploration by John V H Dippel

June 24

Fiction

Crime

Bearskin by James A McLaughlin

The Dante Chamber by Matthew Pearl

A Taste for Vengeance by Martin Walker

There There by Tommy Orange

84K by Claire North (Sci Fi)

So Lucky by Nicola Griffith

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Bandwidth by Eliot Peper

The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

A View of the Empire at Sunset by Caryl Phillips

Nonfiction

Why “To Kill a Mockingbird” Matters by Tom Santopietro

Energy: A Human History by Richard Rhodes

The Moralist by Patricia O’Toole

Atticus Finch: The Biography by Joseph Crespino

Asperger’s Children by Edith Sheffer

Queer City by Peter Ackroyd

The Fair Chase by Philip Dray

July 1

Fiction

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau

Upstate by James Wood

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye

Nonfiction

The Perfect Weapon by David E Sanger

Bull…. Jobs by David Graeber

The League of Kindness by Christie Walson

Damnation Island by Stacy Horn

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier

This Little Art by Kate Briggs

The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are by Alan Jasanoff

Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change by Leonard Mlodinow

Publisher’s Weekly Tip Sheet

June 4

Lagos Noir by Chris Abani (anthology)

Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain by Karen Auvinen (memoir)

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (F)

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (F)

Of Marriage by Nicole Cooley (anthology)

Kudos by Rachel Cusk (F)

Rough Animals: A Novel by Rae Del Bianco (F)

Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour M Hersh (Memoir)

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (Memoir)

The Good Son by You-Jeong trans. from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim (F)

There There by Tommy Orange (F)

How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson (F)

Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly (Biography)

Sweet and Low by Nick White (Short Stories)

June 15

Rendezvous With Oblivion: Essays by Thomas Frank (Reports from a Sinking Society) (NF)*

The Grey Bastards: A Novel by Jonathan French (Fantasy)

Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftír (Memoir)

A Stitch in Time by Daphne Kalmar (YA)

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Pi (F)

The Great Believers: A Novel by Rebecca Makkai (F)

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty (F)

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Neil Painter (Memoir)

Confessions of the Fox: A Novel by Jordy Rosenberg (F)

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger (F)

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi (YA)

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis (F)

The Shepherd’s Hut: A Novel by Time Winton (F)

June 22

For Profit Democracy: Why the Government is Losing the Trust of Rural America by Loka Ashwood (NF)

Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory by Mike Davis (NF-Essays)

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo with a Forward by Michael Eric Dyson (NF) *

The Inward Empire: Mapping the Wilds of Mortality and Fatherhood by Christian Donlan (Memoir)

The Darkest Time of Night: A Novel by Jeremy Finley (F)

Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, The Quest for Justice, and the World’s Greatest Writer by Margalit Fox (NF)

All We Ever Wanted: A Novel by Emily Giffen (F)

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand (YA)

Liar, Liar by Lisa Jackson (F)

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Fantasy)

The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel by Paul Tremblay

July 2

The Moment Before Drowning by James Brydon (F)

The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness: A Memoir by Graham Caveney (Memoir)

The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age by James Crabtree (NF)

Zen and Gone by Emily France (YA)

City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai by Paul French (NF)

Idiophone: An Essay by Amy Fusselman (Essay)

Retribution by Steffen Jacobsen (Thriller)

Rip the Angels from Heaven by David Krugler (Thriller)

Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pearce (F)

Queen’s Progress: A Tudor Mystery (A Kit Marlowe Mystery) by M J Trow (F)

 

 

 

 

 

June 2018 Book List

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There is something for everyone on this month’s booklist. You’ll find plenty of interesting new literature and fiction, including thrillers and crime titles. You can read a biography of Bruce Lee. Perhaps you might enjoy a book by some of the Simpson’s writers. There is a book about two Norwegian teen-aged girls who went to join ISIS. You can also find at least three different ways to spell Fredrick if you so desire. Happy reading!

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Literature and Fiction

Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy) by Rachel Cusk

Invitation to a Bonfireby Adrienne Colt

Us Against You: A Novelby Fredrik Backman

When Life Gives You Lululemonsby Lauren Weisberger

A Place for Us: A Novelby Fatima Farheen Mirza

Treebone: A Novelby Caleb Johnson

Harry’s Trees: A Novel by Jon Cohen

There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange

Convenience Store Womanby Sayuka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori

Mystery and Thrillers

Bearskin: A Novelby James A. McLaughlin

The Anomalyby Michael Rutger

London Rules (Slough House) by Mike Herron

Lying in Wait: A Novelby Liz Nugent

Invitation to a Bonfireby Adrienne Colt

The Perfect Coupleby Elin Hilderbrand

The Book of M: A Novelby Peng Shepherd

The Word is Murder: A Novel by Anthony Horowitz

Still Lives: A Novelby Maria Hummel

Social Creature: A Novelby Tara Isabella Burton

The President is Missing: A Novelby Bill Clinton with John Patterson

Who is Vera Kelly?By Rosalie Knecht

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Storm Glass (The Harbinger Series)by Jeff Wheeler

Witchmarkby C. L. Polk

Bring Me Their Heartsby Sara Wolf

The Robots of Gothamby Todd McAulty

The Book of M: A Novel by Peng Shepherd

Biographies and Memoirs

Calypsoby David Sedaris (Essays)

The World as it Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House Ben Rhodes

Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

by Jamie Bernstein

Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famousby Christopher Bonanos

Somebody I Used to Know: A Memoirby Wendy Mitchell

Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Timesby John Perry Barlow, Robert Greenfield

To Throw Away Unopened: A Memoirby Viv Albertine

Reporterby Seymour M. Hersch

Room to Dreamby David Lynch, Kristine McKenna

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for the Simpsonsby Mike Reiss, Matthew Klickstein

Nonfiction

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potentials of Heredityby Carl Zimmer

Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Businessby Ken Auletta

Fail Until You Don’t: Fight, Grind, Repeatby Bobbie Bones

Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Awryby Sabine Hossenfelder

How Democracy Endsby David Runciman

Red Card: How the U. S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandalby Ken Bensinger

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey through the World’s Strangest Brainsby Helen Thomson

My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Nowby Peter Mayle

Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Oceans Greatest Predatorby Jason Colby

The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes by Rick Bass

 

The New York Times Book Review

May 6

Crime

Twisted Preyby John Sanford

The Way I Dieby Derek Haas

A Death of No Importanceby Mariah Fredericks

The Fleur De Sel Murdersby Jean Luc Bannalec

Parking Lot Attendantby Nafkote Tamirat

Varinaby Charles Frazier

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollingshurst

3 Sparkling Debuts

Laura and Emmaby Kate Greathead

The House of Impossible Beautiesby Joseph Cassara

Self-Portrait with Boyby Rachel Lyon

Nonfiction

Dancing Bearsby Withold Szblowski

Chasing Hillaryby Amy Chozick

Beneath a Ruthless Sunby Gilbert King

Broadwayby Fran Leadon

Automating Inequalityby Virginia Eubanks

Left Bank: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50by Agnes Poirier

Two Sistersby Asne Seierstad (why 2 teens left Norway for ISIS)

The Women’s Hourby Elaine Weiss

May 13

Fiction

The Mars Roomby Rachel Kushner

You Think It, I’ll Say Itby Curtis Sittenfeld (Short stories)

Feast Daysby Ian MacKenzie

Trenton Makesby Tadzio Koelb (Short Stories)

The Gunnersby Rebecca Kauffman

Momento Parkby Mark Sarvas

Every Other Weekendby Zulema Renee Summerfield

Nonfiction

Road to Unfreedomby Timothy Snyder

Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahuby Anshel Pfeffer

The Wife’s Taleby Aida Edemariam

Battleship Yamatoby Jan Morris

The Island that Disappearedby Tom Feiling

St. Petersburg: Madness, Murder, and Art on the Banks of the Nevaby Jonathan Miles

What is Real?by Adam Becker

White Extremism

Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in Americaby Vegas Tenold

White Youth: My Descent Into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement-and How I Got Outby Christian Picciolini

Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into-and Out of- Violent Extremismby Michael Kimmel

May 20

Fiction

Motherhoodby Sheila Heti

White Housesby Amy Bloom

Undiscovered Countryby Kelly O’Conner McNees

The Poems of TS Eliot– Audiobook – read by Jeremy Irons

Nonfiction

Things that Make White People Uncomfortableby Michael Bennett, Dave Zirin

Fascism: A Warningby Madeleine Albright

Misèreby Linda Nochlin (Art)

Into the Raging Seaby Rachel Slade

Assault on Intelligenceby Michael Hayden

See What Can Be Done: Essays by Lorrie Moore

Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism? by Robert Kuttner

Faith by Jimmy Carter

The Burning Shores by Frederic Webrey

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

It’s Time to Fight Dirty by David Faris

Not Enough by Samuel Moyn

And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O’Connell

Like Brothers by Jay and Mark Duplass (filmmakers)

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli as read by Benedict Cumberbatch

May 27

Fiction

All For Nothingby Walter Kempowski

Country Darkby Chris Offutts

The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel

Nonfiction

Calypsoby David Sedaris (essays)

Insaneby Alisa Roth (mentally ill in prison)

The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine

War on Peaceby Ronan Farrow

Live Work Work Work Dieby Corey Pein

Memoirs From Beyond the Grave, 1768-1800by François-René Chateaubriand

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backboneby Juli Berwald

Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustangby David Philipps

My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarians Stories of Love, Loss, and Hopeby Suzy Fincham-Gray

Fighting Wars

Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War by Paul Scharre

Quicksilver War: Syria, Iraq and the Spiral of Conflictby William Harris

The Caliphate at War: Operational Realities and Innovations of the Islamic Stateby Ahmed S Hashim

The Boer War(Seven Stories) by Martin Bossenbrock

The Killing Seasons: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66by Geoffrey Robinson

The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolutionby Thomas Fleming

Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind How Female Marines Are Trainedby Kate Germano

June 3

Fiction

The Outsiderby Stephen King

Circeby Madeline Miller

First Person by Robert Flanagan

Love and Ruinby Paula McLain

The Judge Hunterby Christopher Buckley

How Hard Can It Be?By Allison Pearson

A Place for Usby Fatima Farheen Mirza

Do This For Meby Raney Moore

What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlawby Leah Stewart

My Ex Lifeby Stephen McCauley

The Dead Houseby Billy O’Callaghan

Heby John Connolly

The Glitchby Elisabeth Cohen

Sophia of Silicon Valleyby Anna Yen

Madness is Better than Defeatby Ned Beauman

The Life List of Adrian Mandrickby Chris White

Lawn Boyby Jonathan Evison

Nonfiction

Popsby Michael Chabon (essays)

Robinby Dave Itzhoff

Inseparableby Yunte Huang

Asking for a Friend: Three Centuries of Advice on Life, Love, Money and Other Burning Questions From a Nation Obsessedby Jessica Weisberg (Ann Landers)

 

Publisher’s Weekly

May 7

Lost Empress: A Novelby Sergio De La Pava (F)

Squareby Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen (F)

Flowers and Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mysteryby Amanda Flower (F)

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”by Zora Neale Hurston (NF)

The Mars Roomby Rachel Kushner (nothing to do with space) (F)

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (F)

Junk by Tommy Pico (Book Length Poem) (Poetry) (F)

Our Story: A Memoir of Love and Life in Chinaby Rao Pingru, trans. From the Chinese by Nancy Harman (NF)

Indecencyby Justin Phillip Reed (NF)

A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA’s Secret Warby Monte Reel (NF)

Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions and Criticismby Michelle Tea (NF)

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern Worldby Simon Winchester (NF)

May 11

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whitenessby Austin Channing Brown (NF)

Pops: Fatherhood Pieces by Michael Chabon (essays)

The Ensembleby Aja Gabel (F)

When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thoughtby Jim Holt (essays)

The Favorite Sisterby Jessica Knoll (F)

How It Happenedby Michael Koryta (F)

All the Answers: A Graphic Memoirby Michael Kupperman (Memoir)

The Lives of the Surrealistsby Desmond Morris (NF)

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendenceby Michael Pollan

May 18

Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontierby Mark Adams (NF)

How Far She’s Comeby Holly Brown (Thriller) (F)

The Summer I Met Jackby Michelle Gable (F)

Last Instructionsby Nir Hezroni, trans. from the Hebrew by Steven Cohen (Thriller) (F)

The Devil’s Half Mileby Paddy Hirsch (F)

Eating My Way Through Italy: Heading Off the Main Roads to Discover the Hidden Treasures of the Italian Tableby Elizabeth Minchilli (NF)

The Ashtray (Or the Man Who Denied Realityby Errol Morris (NF)

The Seventh Crossby Anna Seghers, trans. from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo

May 25

Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Libertyby Stephen Brumwell (NF)

Broken Places: A Chicago Mysteryby Tracy Clark (F)

Some Trickby Helen DeWitt (F)

Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Cultureby Ken Jennings (NF)

Star of the Northby D. B. John (Thriller) (NF)

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in Americaby Darnell C. Moore (Memoir)

The Council of Twelve: A Hangman’s Daughter Taleby Oliver Pötzsch, trans. from the German by Lee Chadeayne (F)

Somnambulanceby Fiona Smyth (F)

The Freeze-Frame Revolutionby Peter Watts (F)

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredityby Carl Zimmer (NF)

June 1

Lagos Noiredited by Chris Abani (Short stories)

Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Livingby Karen Auvinen (NF)

Social Creatureby Tara Isabella Burton (F)

The President is Missingby Bill Clinton and James Patterson (F)

Kudosby Rachel Cusk (F)

Rough Animalsby Rae Del Bianco (F)

Reporter: A Memoirby Seymour M Hersh (Memoir)

The Word is Murderby Anthony Horowitz (F)

The Good Sonby You-Jeong Jeong, trans. from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim (F)

There Thereby Tommy Orange (F)

How Hard Can It Beby Allison Pearson (F)

Bruce Lee: A Lifeby Matthew Polly (NF)

 

 

 

 

May 2018 Book List

May 2018 Book List

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I did not include all the interesting lists from editors, publisher’s and readers for Summer Reading suggestions but you might want to Google them. Some people like to choose a long and meaty selection that will occupy them for most of the summer, some people like lighter fare, such as romances or stories that happen near beaches, some want thrillers or detective stories. We are so rich in writers and good books that it should not be difficult to find something engrossing to read while you soak up sun (or lounge in dappled shade).

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Literature and Fiction

A Shout in the Ruins by Kevin Powers

Alternative Remedies for Loss by Joanna Cantor

Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin

My Ex-Life: A Novel by Stephen McCauley

Tomb of the Unknown Racist by Blanche McCrary Boyd

The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kusher

Warlight: A Novel by Michael Ondaatje

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd

Love and Ruin by Paula McClain

Mysteries and Thriller

The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner

Star of the North by D B John

It Ends with Her by Brianna Labuskes

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Wicked River: A Novel by Jenny Milchman

How it Happened by Michael Koryta

The Dark Angel (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) by Elly Griffiths

Cult X by Fuminori Nakamura, Kalau Almony

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

The Outsider by Stephen King

A Million Drops by Victor de Ánbol, Lisa Dillman

Biographies and Memoirs

Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia by Michael McFaul

The Electric Woman: A Memoir of Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine

Robin by Dave Itzkoff

Figures in a Landscape: People and Places by Paul Theroux

Spring by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, The Last Great American Frontier by Mark Adams

The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life by Richard Russo

Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood by Neal Thompson

The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West by John Branch

Nonfiction

Talking to my Daughter About the Economy or, How Capitalism Works – and How it Fails by Yanis Varoufakis

Bull Shit Jobs: A Theory by David Graebar

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fellows, Deborah Fellows

Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America’s Sport of the Future since 1972 by Roger Bennett, Michael Davies

Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt PhD

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia by Mark Galeotti

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester

Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal by Jonathan Green

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock by Steven Hyden

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Kickflip Boys by Neal Thompson

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariner’s, One Megastorm and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Only Human (The Themis Files) by Sylvain Neuvel

The Plastic Magician (A Paper Magician Novel) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Furyborn (The Empiricum Trilogy) by Claire Legrand

Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle) by Emily Devenport

In the Region of the Summer Stars (Eirlandia) by Stephen R. Lawhead

Dark Queen (Jane Yellowstone) by Faith Hunter

Artificial Condition: The Murderbot  Diaries by Martha Wells

The Poppy War: A Novel by R F Kuang

King of the Ashes: Book One of the Firemane Saga by Raymond E Feist

Time Was by Ian McDonald

 

NY Times Book Review

 

Apr. 8

Fiction

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Gun Love by Jennifer Clement

Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Nonfiction

Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Educated by Tara Westover

Blue Dreams by Lauren Slater

Never Remember by Masha Gessen and Misha Friedman

Alt-Right by Mike Wendling

No Turning Back by Rania Abouzeid

I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone

The Making of a Dream by Laura Wides-Muñoz

Watch One with the Gipper: An Aide Recalls Movie Nights with the Reagans by Mark Weinberg

Apr. 13

Fiction

Overstory by Richard Powers

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman

Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

American Histories by John Edgar Wideman

The Sandman by Lars Kepler

The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Donick

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

Crime Fiction

The Cutting Edge by Jeffrey Deaver

Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry

Black and White Ball by Loren D. Estleman

Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr

Nonfiction

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey

Thinking Without a Banister by Hannah Arendt (essays)

The Marshall Plan by Benn Steil

The Art of Screen Time by Anya Kamenetz

Be the Parent, Please by Naomi Schaefer Riley

To Change the Church by Ross Douthat

A Dangerous Woman by Susan Ronald

Apr. 20

Fiction

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

The Bible of Dirty Jokes by Eileen Pollack

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

Happiness by Aminatta Forna

Paris Metro by Wendall Steavenson

Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson

The Queens of Innishear by Tessa Gratton

Nonfiction

Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddes

Picasso and the Painting that Shocked the World by Miles J Unger

The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

Look Alive Out There (essays) by Sloane Crosley

Maker of Patterns by Freeman Dyson

Apr. 27

Fiction

Going for a Beer by Robert Coover

The Only Story by Julian Barnes

If We Had Known by Elise Juska

How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister

Census by Jesse Ball

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff by Sean Penn

Nonfiction

God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright

State of Resistance by Manuel Pastor

The Promise and the Dream by David Margolick

Make Trouble (Memoir) by Cecile Roberts

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos by Christian Davenport

Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race by Tim Fernholz

Sharp: The Women Who Make an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean

Wrestling with the Devil by Ngugiwa Thiong’o

The Beekeeper by Dunya Mikhail

 

Publisher’s Weekly

Apr. 6

Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows (F)

Sharp: The Women Who Make an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean (NF)

The Cutting Edge: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffrey Deaver (F)

The Dark Clouds Shining (last in a quartet) by David Downing

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species by Carlos Magdalena (NF)

Circe by Madeline Miller (F)

Blackfish City by Sam J Miller (F)

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (F)

Demi-gods by Eliza Robertson (F)

Apr. 13

Beyond the Map: Unruly Enclaves, Ghostly Places, Emerging Lands and Our Search for New Utopias by Alastair Bonnett

The Little Art(Memoir) by Kate Briggs

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee (NF)

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl (F)

The Human Instinct: How we Evolvedto Have Reason,Consciousness, and Free Will by Kenneth Miller (NF)

Postcards from Auschwitz by Daniel P Reynolds (NF)

Foxby Dubravka Ugresic trans. From the Croatian by Elias-Bursac and David Williams (F)

Apr. 20

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte (NF)

Companions by Christina Hesselholdt, trans from the Danish, by Paul Russell Garnett (NF)

The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe by David I Kertzer (NF)

Beneath the Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King (NF)

Theory of the Bastards by Audrey Schulman (F)

Property by Lionel Shriver (F)

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld (F)

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History of the Century by Kirk W Johnson (F)

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamarlya and Elizabeth Weil (F)

The Art of Reading (Essays) by Damon Young (NF)

Apr. 30

The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel (F)

Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau, trans from the French and Creoleby Linda Coverdale (F)

Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane (F)

The Electric Women: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine

Alter Ego: A Jonathan Stride Novel by Brian Freeman (F)

Motherhood by Sheila Heti (F)

Tradition by Brendan Kiely (F-YA)

Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience(Memoir) by Allison Pataki

Exit Strategy by Charlton Pettus (F)

Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna by Edith Sheffer (NF)

Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade (NF)

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon (NF)

 

 

 

February 2018 Book List

Here’s my February 2018 Book List. You can get a quick summary of any of the books on the list by looking the book up on Amazon, or at Barnes and Noble, or at your library, except for books to be published in the future. Both Publishers Weekly and New York Times Book Review give critiques of the books they list and have “buy this book” buttons.

 

Publisher’s Weekly

 

Jan. 8

The Immortalists: A Novel by Chloe Benjamin

Green: A Novel by Sam Graham-Felsen

Gnomen: A Novel Nick Harkaway

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind by Michael Massing (NF)

Red Sky at Noon: A Novel by Simon Sebag Montefiore

A State of Freedom: A Novel by Neel Mukherjee

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke (YA)

When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History by Matthew Restall (NF)

Walking the Bones: A Ryan DeMarco Mystery by Randall Silvis

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith

1917: War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson

 

Jan. 22

 

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi (Syria, YA)

Peach: A Novel by Emma Glass

The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World by Charles C. Mann (NF)

The Other Side of Everything by Lauren Doyle Owens

Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel by Sarah Vaughan

 

Jan. 29

 

Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom by Keisha N Blain (NF)

This is What Happened (Novel) by Mick Herron

Tempest: Old West Book 3 by Beverly Jenkins (Romance)

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jenkins (NF)

The Invention of Ana: A Novel by Mikkel Rosengaard

The Book of the Dead by Muriel Rukeyser (Poems)

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C Stewart (Bio)

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis (NF)

 

Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018 (Pub. Between Feb. and April)

 

Fiction

 

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Circe by Madeline Miller

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

 

Mystery, Thriller, Crime

 

Green Sun by Kent Anderson

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

 

Science Fiction

 

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (YA)

The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg

Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente

Witchmark by CL Polk

 

Memoirs

 

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

Brave by Rose McGowan

Eat the Apple by Matt Young

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

 

Literary Essays (Criticism)/ Biography

 

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean

 

History

 

Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright

Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom by Keisha N. Blain

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss

 

Political/Current Events

 

China’s Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and the End of the Chinese Miracle by Dinny McMahon

Fascism: A Warning by Madeline Albright

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua

 

New York Times Book Review

 

Jan. 7th

 

Crime

 

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

Beau Death by Peter Lovesey

The Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page

Dead Man’s Blues by Ray Celestin

 

Fiction

 

Three Floors Up by Eshkol Neva (Israeli)

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

The King is Always Above the People by Daniel Marcón

The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst

 

Continental Fiction

 

How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas

Yiza by Michael Köhlmeier, Trans by Ruth Martin

Lea by Pascal Mercier, Trans by Shaun Whiteside

Uncertain Glory by Joan Sales, Trans by Peter Bush

 

Nonfiction

 

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization by Martin Puchner

The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth Century Home by Abigail Williams

Texas Blood by Roger D. Hodges

Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler

Seduced by Mrs. Robinson by Beverly Gray

Playing with Fire by Lawrence O’Donnell

Enemies and Neighbors by Ian Black

Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole Adams

Counting Backwards: A Doctor’s Notes on Anesthesia by Henry Jay Przybylo

The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway by Doug Most

Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The Side of Brightness by Colum McCann

 

Jan. 14th

 

Fiction

 

The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar

The World Goes On by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Trans by John Batki, Ottilie Nulzet, and George Szirtes

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

Nonfiction

 

Craeft by Alexander Langlands

The Road Not Taken by Max Boot

The Bughouse by Daniel Swift

Supernormal by Meg Jay

Late Essays by J M Coetzee

The Thin Light of Freedom by Edward L. Ayers

Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife by Pamela Bannos

Renoir: An Intimate Biography by Barbara Ehrlich White

A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning by Cathy Curtis

 

Jan. 21st

 

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Green by Sam Graham-Felsen

King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich

Winter by Ali Smith

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien

State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

 

Crime

 

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry

Lullaby Road by James Anderson

A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

 

Books in Translation

 

The Temptation to Be Happy by Lorenzo Marone, Trans by Shaun Whiteside

The Time of Mute Swans by Ece Temelkuran, Trans by Kenneth Dakan

Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki, Trans by Polly Barton

Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa, Trans by Nicky Harman

 

Nonfiction

 

Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Trans by Ingvild Burkey

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

The Years by Annie Ernaux, Trans by Alison L Strayer

Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies by Ann Hulbert

 

Jan 28th

 

Fiction

 

The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi

Red Clocks by Naomi Alderonan (What if abortion were illegal again)

Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia

The Mannequin Makers by Craig Cliff

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

London and the South-East by David Szalay

The Years, Months, Days: Two Novellas by Yan Lianke

 

Nonfiction

 

Trumpocracy by David Frum

The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe

Show Medicine by Victoria Sweet

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

The Last Man Who Knew Everything by David N Schwartz (Enrico Fermi)

The Meaning of Birds by Simon Barnes

Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds by Bernd Brunner

Birding without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World by Noah Strycker

 

Bipolar Disorder

 

Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love by Zack McDermott

The Glass Eye: A Memoir by Jeannie Venasco

Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind by Jaime Lowe

 

Amazon

 

Literature and Fiction

 

The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez

A Long Way From Home: A Novel by Peter Carey

Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth

Asymmetry: A Novel by Lisa Halliday

In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist, Henning Koch

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Chicago: A Novel by David Mamet

An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones

The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

Still Me: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

White Houses: A Novel by Amy Bloom

 

Mystery and Thrillers

 

Force of Nature: A Novel by Jane Harper

The Deceivers (A John Wells Novel) by Alex Berenson

A Dangerous Crossing: A Novel by Ausma Zehanet Khan

The Plea: A Novel by Steve Cavanagh

Girl Unknown: A Novel by Karen Perry

The Kremlin’s Candidate: A Novel by Jason Matthews

The Woman in the Water: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Mystery Series by Charles Finch

Kill the Angel: A Novel (Caselli and Torre Series) by Sandrone Dazieri

The Gate Keeper: An Inspector Rutledge Mystery) by Charles Todd

Look For Me (D.D. Warren by Lisa Gardner

 

Biographies and Memoirs

 

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú

The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family’s Search for the American Dream by Bryan Mealer

Limits of the Known by David Roberts

Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss by Stephanie Wittels Wacks, Aziz Ansari

Brave by Rose McGowan

I Wrote This Book Because I Love You: Essays by Tim Kreider

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall by Joel Richard Paul

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

 

Nonfiction

 

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku

Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

What Are We Doing Here?: Essays by Marilynne Robinson

Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species by Sang-Hee, Shin Young Yoon

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boy’s Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, Intro by John Grisham

Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet by Yasha Levine

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Hassim Taleb

The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family’s Search for the American Dream by Bryan Mealer

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

The Philosopher’s Flight: A Novel by Tom Miller

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Your One and Only (There is Nothing More Human Than Love) by Adrianne Finlay

Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon

Fire and Bone by Rachael A Marks (the occult)

Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira

 

 

 

 

 

January 2018 Book List

January 2018 Book List

 

Amazon

 

Literature and Fiction

 

Red Clocks: A Novel by Leni Zumas

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

Green: A Novel by Sam Graham-Felsen

The Boat People: A Novel by Sharon Baia

Heart Spring Mountain: A Novel by Robin MacArthur

Oliver Loving: A Novel by Stefan Merrill Block

The Music Shop: A Novel by Rachel Joyce

A State of Freedom: A Novel by Neel Mukherjee

This Could Hurt: A Novel by Jillian Medoff

 

Biographies and Memoirs

 

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD by Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis

Here’s the Real Magic: A Magical Search for Wonder in the Modern World by Nate Staneforth

Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Brave by Rose McGowan

The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury

The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, ashe bendele

The Wizard and the Prophet, Two Remarkable Scientists and their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World by Charles L. Mann

Furnishing Eternity: A Father, A Son, a Coffin and a Measure of Life by David Giffels

The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century by Simon Baatz

 

Mysteries and Thrillers

 

The Wife: A Novel of Psychological Suspense by Alifair Burke

Robicheaux: A Novel by James Lee Burke

The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A. J. Finn

Gnomon: A Novel by Nick Harkaway

The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry

Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel by Sarah Vaughan

Need to Know: A Novel by Karen Cleveland

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Munich by Robert Harris

The Chalk Man: A Novel by C. J. Tudor

The Wife Between Us: A Novel by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

 

Nonfiction

 

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life by Kevin Simler and Robin Hansen

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot

When: The Scientific Study of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World by Charles L. Mann

The Deepest Will: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris, MD

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson

Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan

Saving Tarboo Creek: One Family’s Quest to Heal the Land by Scott Freeman, Susan Leopold Freeman

Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children by Sara Zaske

Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life and the Next War on Violence by Patrick Sharkey

The New York Times Book Review (Abbreviated Lists at Christmas Time because Special Seasonal Books are Reviewed, which I won’t list here)

 

December 17th

 

Nonfiction

 

Cartoon Country by Collen Murphy

Vacationland by John Hodgeman

The Gifted Generation by Daniel Goldfield

A Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary, translated by John Markham

The Kites by Romain Gary

The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 by Tina Brown

Bloodlines by Melissa del Boque

The Trade by Jere Van Dyk

 

Fiction

 

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Timeless by Armand Baltazar

 

December 24th

 

Nonfiction

 

God: A Human History by Reza Aslan

What the Qur’an Meant by Garry Wills

Belonging: 1492-1900 by Simon Schama

The Book of Separation by Tora Mirvis

The Great Shift by James L Kugel

The Exodus by Richard Elliott Friedman

The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah by Adam Valen Levinson

Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel

Bethlehem, Tracing the Life of a Storied Little Town by Nicholas Blincoe

Heaven on Earth by Michael Shermer

Finding Oneself in a Coffin by David Giffels

 

Fiction

 

Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally

By the Book by Francis Ford Coppola

 

Found object

 

Harriet Tubman’s hymnal

 

December 31st

 

Nonfiction

 

Windfall by Meghan O’Sullivan

Megafire by Michael Kodas

Firestorm by Edward Struzik

The Great Quake by Henry Fountain

Quakeland by Kathryn Miles

The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions by Peter Brannen

Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Ben Megrich

Understanding the Mammoth: A Tale of Giants, Unicorns, Ivory, and the Birth of a New Science by John McKay

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg

Inheritance of the Earth by Chris Thomas

 

Column of Fire by Ken Follett – Book

Column of Fire by Ken Follett is the third book in the Kingsbridge Series and my least favorite of the three. It’s not that it was difficult or did not tell a story. It was not so terrible that it made me set it aside or stop reading. I liked the fictional characters placed among the actual historical figures enough to wonder what would happen to them but I did not feel strongly invested in them. I always realized they were fictional and there to involve the reader in the events occurring in the mid 1500’s and beyond in England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Religion was the key issue of these times after the declarations of Martin Luther and the beginnings of a Protestant movement that was growing and alarming Catholics. Protestants thought they could talk directly to God without a priest as intermediary. They published Bibles in national languages, rather than Latin, so people could read the Bible by themselves or in church services. They did not feel any allegiance to the Pope in Rome. Catholics saw Protestants as heretics and felt it their religious duty to crush them and their interpretation of Christianity. As Column of Fire begins Protestants are hunted by Catholics, considered criminals by royals, and must practice their religion in secrecy. But this book also covers the pivotal moment when events, especially in England, turned this dynamic around. By the end of the story Catholics are on the defensive and, at least in England, Protestants can worship without fear.

Since England had recently lost Queen Mary Tudor, a strongly Catholic queen, there were two women who could possible take the throne, Elizabeth Tudor, tolerant of Protestantism, and Mary Queen of Scots, strongly Catholic. The story of how Elizabeth took the throne and how she held it against Catholic sympathizers who stood to lose both their brand of religion and lots of power and money has fascinated readers for centuries. Elizabeth held her throne with the help of talented spies and one of these spies was William Cecil.

Ned Willard becomes one of Cecil’s spies, moving in and out of France, with family in Spain for a while (Barney Willard), who later becomes a shipper and a ship’s captain adding more clout to Ned Willard’s information network. There is a villain, in fact there are two and they are just about as hateful as you would like them to be. Pierre Armande de Guise is an ambitious, soulless creature who uses information he steals through his first wife Sylvie Palot, a list of important Protestants in Paris, to ingratiate himself with the de Guise family and to realize his life time ambition of being a royal (however tangentially). Rollo Fitzgerald, brother of Ned’s first love Margery trains a group of sinister priests and hides them in English households for when Mary Queen of Scots takes the throne from Elizabeth, and an invasion plan is afoot.

Even with the historical drama of this critical time in Europe the book never really taps into that drama. Women are expendable and are damaged by the villains but few men are and there is just little tension and fright in most of the telling of this story. Fortunes do switch from the Catholic Fitzgeralds to the Protestant Willards but Ned is never in any real danger and seems more like a nice guy than a spy. So, what we get in Column of Fire by Ken Follett is a good story, but not a great story.