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.

November 2017 Book List

Books seem to be available so quickly that the topics authors have written about this month are still trending on social media and in the news. Some books are self-published and the turnaround on that can happen fast, but even books from publishers seem to arrive on the market faster than they once did. You will find lots of nonfiction titles in this list that talk about Russia and obviously the news is the source of interest for that subject. You will also find books that may have been timed to appear close to Halloween. And you will find new books by popular authors also in this lengthy book list. Once again, I will have to choose selectively for my future reading endeavors as there are too many titles to cover. This time I find myself attracted to some of the biographies and memoirs.

November Editor’s Picks

Vacationland by John Hodgman (NF)

The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty

The Vanity Fair Diaries 1883-1992 by Tina Brown

An American Family by Khzir Khan

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Everything is Awful and Other Observations by Matt Bellassai

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Literature and Fiction

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory McGuire

Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

The Revolution of Marina M: A Novel by Janet Fitch

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano, Mark Fried

Mysteries and Thrillers

The Unclaimed Victim by DM Pulley

The House of Unexpected Sisters (The New Ladies #1 Detective Agency Novel) by Alexander McCall Smith

The Midnight Child (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child

Hardcore Twenty Four by Janet Evanovich

Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir

The Quantum Spy: A Thriller by David Ignatius

The Extraditionist (A Benn Bluestone Thriller) by Todd Merer

End Game (Will Robie Series) by David Baldacci

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Wonder Valley: A Novel by Ivy Pochoda

Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Sisters of the Crescent Empress by Leena Likitalo

Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir

The Nine (Thieves of Fate) by Tracy Townsend

Biographies and Memoirs

An American Family by Khizer Khan

Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks by Stephen Davis

The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spy Master James Jesus Angleton by Jefferson Morley

The Vanity Fair Diaries 1985-1992 by Tina Brown

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

American Witness: The Art and Life of Robert Frank by R. J. Smith

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek

Vacationland by John Hodgman

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (NF)

Nonfiction

It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by AJ Jacobs

Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How “The Graduate” Became the Touchstone of a Generation by Beverly Gray

Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saved by Jessica Yu

Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age by Leslie Berlin

Everything is Awful and Other Observations by Matt Bellassai (Comedy)

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief and Compassion, Surprising Observations of a Hidden World by Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

Dawn of New Everything: Encounters with Realty and Virtual Realty by Jason Lanier

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

October 8

Fiction

Manhatten Beach by Jennifer Egan

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

A Loving, Faithful Animal by Josephine Rowe

The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

New People by Danzy Senna

Sisters by Lily Tuck

3 Novels set in Ireland – Past and Present

A Son Called Gabriel by Damian McNicholl

The Good People by Hannah Kent

The Trout by Peter Cunningham

Nonfiction

A Force so Swift by Kevin Peraino

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt

Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend by Meryl Gordon

World without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer

The Choice (Memoir) by Edith Eva Eger

What She Ate by Laura Shapiro (6 women and what they ate)

October 15

Nonfiction

Grant by Ron Chernow

2 Books on Sleep

Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep by Michael McGirr

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

More nonfiction

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World by Michael Ignatieff

The Unfinished Palazzo by Judith Mackrell

Cuz by Danielle Allen (a woman writes about a cousin she loved who spent his life in prison)

Greater Gotham by Mike Wallace

The Riviera Set by Mary S. Lovell

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan

Fiction

Crime Fiction

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Deep Freeze by John Sanford

The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen translated by William Frost

Cast Iron by Peter May

Other fiction

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

October 22

Fiction

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas

For Two Thousand Years by Michael Sebastion

The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch

The Red Haired Woman by Orphan Pamuk

Nonfiction

“Riot Days”: A Memoir of Punk Protest and Prison Activism by Maria Alyokhina (member of Pussy Riot)

The Future is History by Masha Gessen

Stalin, 2nd vol., Stephen Kotkin

Red Famine by Anne Applebaum

Lenin by Victor Sebestyen

4 Books on Revolution

Arc of Utopia: The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution by Leslie Chamberlain

Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through by VI Lenin, Ed Slavojzizek

The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution 1918-1921 by Eric Lee

Crime and Punishment in the Russian Revolution: Mob Justice and Police in Petrograd by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa

(There are more lists of “great” books about Russia in the NYT Book Review for Oct. 22, but they are not new)

October 29

Fiction

Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn

Thriller Roundup

Dead on Arrival by Matt Richtel

The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Shadow of the Lions: A Novel by Christopher Swann

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Other fiction

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Best True Crime Stories

Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder by Pia Eatwell

The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder that Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty by Philip Jett

Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City by Kate Winkler Dawson

Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits: The Crime Spree that Gripped Belle Epoque Paris by John Merriman

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (for teens and parents)

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years by Christopher Frayling

The Apparitionists by Peter Manseau

After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry

Ghost of the Innocent Man by Benjamin Rachlin

4 Suspense Novels

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Blind by AF Brady

Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah

The Second Sister by Claire Kendal

November 5, 2017

Nonfiction

The Impossible Presidency by Jeremi Suri

The Three Lives of James Madison by Noah Feldman

Democracy and Its Crisis by AC Grayling

I Hear She’s a Bitch by Jen Agg

Friends Divided by Gordon Wood (John Adams and Thomas Jefferson)

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian by Richard Aldous

Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend by Christina DeStefano translated by Marina Harss

Crime Fiction

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

The Midnight Line by Lee Child

After the Fire by Henning Mankell

Fiction

All the Dirty Parts by Denise Handler

Smile by Roddy Doyle

11 New Recommended Books

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan

Five Carat Soul by James McBride

The Apparitionists by Peter Manseau

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn

Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Pia Eatwell

After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry

The Dark Net by Benjamin Parcy

Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by Benjamin Rachlin

Prince: A Private View by Afshen Shahidi

October 9

The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s 81 Days of Captivity in Syria – A Story of Survival by Jonathan Alperyrie with Stash Luczkiw (NF)

Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Education of a Young Poet by David Biespiel (NF)

In the Distance by Herman Diaz (F)

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (F)

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe (YA-F)

The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost by Peter Manseau (NF)

Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People by Deborah Dash Moore (NF)

A Working Woman by Elvira Navarro translated from Spanish by Christina MacSweeney (F)

The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age by Andrew O’Hagan (NF)

Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation: From 1470 to the Present by Serhii Piokhy (NF)

Uncertain Glory by Joan Sales translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush (NF)

The Gourmand’s Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy by Justin Spring (NF)

October 16

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee (NF)

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (Thriller)

Extreme Cities: The Perils and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change by Ashley Dawson (NF)

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris (NF)

Righteous: An IQ Novel by Joe Ide (F)

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (NF)

Venom: The Secrets of Nature’s Deadliest Weapons by Ronald Jenner and Eivind Undheim (NF)

Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan (Memoir)

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith (NF)

Renoir: An Intimate Biography by Barbara Ehrlich White (NF)

October 23

The Thin Light of Freedom: Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America by Edward L Ayers (NF)

The Safe: A Novel by Christophe Boltanski translated from the French by Laura Marris (NF)

Verax: The True History of Whistleblowers, Mass Surveillance and Drone Warfare by Pratap Chatterjee and Khalil (NF)

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World by Christopher de Hamel (NF)

American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent by Tamer Einoury and Kevin Maurer (NF)

The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums by Will Freidwald (NF)

Meant to Be by Julie Halpern (YA Fantasy adults might enjoy)

Literally Me by Julie Houts (F)

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks (F)

Dying to Live: A Detective Kubu Mystery by Michael Stanley (F)

October 30

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende (F)

The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheists Point of View by Tim Crane (NF)

Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott (F)

In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer’s by Joseph Jebelli (NF)

Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 by Stephen Kotkin (NF)

After the Fire: A Novel by Henning Mankell (F)

Calder: The Conquest of Time by Jed Perl (NF)

November 6

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Essays by Hanif Abdurraqib (“providing the reader with the sensation of seeing the world through fresh eyes”) (NF)

Mrs. Ormond: A Novel by John Banville (F)

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish, and the Art of Growing a Backbone by Juli Berwald

Fool’s River (A Poke Rafferty Thriller) by Timothy Halliman (F)

Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufman (NF)

Nobu: A Memoir by Nobu Matsuhisa (NF)

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad (NF)

Freya by Anthony Quinn (F)

Bonfire: A Novel by Krysten Ritter (Thriller) (F)

The Illiac Crest by Christina Rivera Garza translated from the Spanish by Sarah Booker (F)

 

 

September, 2017 Book List

Another month, another book list. So many books, so little time. However having too many books on our book list is never a bad thing, sort of like a buffet can never have too many offerings. Amazon, this month, listed all the new fall books with publication dates, so some of the titles on the Amazon list are not yet available. Just a reminder that books make great gifts.

Aug. 11

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

A Doll for the Throwing by Mary Jo Bang (book length sequence of prose poems)

The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes (A Stewart Hoag Mystery) by David Handler

Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy Hansen

Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by Benjamin Rachlin

The House of Government: A Saga of Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine

Fog by Miguel de Unamuno, trans. from the Spanish by Elena Barcia

Aug 18th

Stay With Me: A Novel by Ayobami Adebayo

Shooting Ghosts: A US Marine, a Combat Photographer, and their Journey Back from War by Thomas J. Brennan and Finbarr O’Reilly (NF)

Eastman Was Here: A Novel by Alex Gilvary

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard (1st of a projected quartet of autobiographical volumes) (NF) *

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent

The Room of White Fire: A Novel by T. Jefferson Parker

Aug. 25

The New Voices of Fantasy, edited by Peter S Beagle (NF)

Snap Judgement: a Sam Brinkman Legal Thriller by Marcia Clark

The Burning Girl: A Novel by Claire Messud

Sundays in August by Patrick Modiano, trans. from the French by Damion Searls

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, edited by Jeronimo Pizzero, trans. from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

The Big Indie Books of Fall 2017

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

The Stone Building and Other Places by Asli Erdogan

The People are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage by Jared Yates Sexton (NF)*

Mean by Myriam Grerba

A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters by Amy and Dave Freeman (NF)

The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits by Tiya Miles

Gilded Suffragist by Johanna Neuman (NF)

Democracy and its Crisis by A.C. Grayling (NF) *

Marita: The Spy Who loved Castro by Marita Lorenz (NF)

Solar Bones: A Novel by Mike McCormack

The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco

They Can’t Kill us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib (Essays)

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet by Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore (NF)

Sept. 1

Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream by Sasha Abramsky (NF)*

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova (NF)

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré (George Smiley)

The World of Tomorrow: A Novel by Brendan Mathews

Black Rock White City by A.S. Patric

The Golden House by Salmon Rushdie *

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

Sept. 8th

Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar

The Devouring: A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery by James R. Benn

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Stephen Greenblatt

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz

Warcross by Marie Lu

Voice in the Dark by Ulli Lust and Marcel Beyer, trans. from the German by Nika Knight

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Katalin Street by Magda Szabó, trans. from the Hungarian by Len Rix

 

Aug. 11

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman

Moving Days by Joshua Cohen

Broken River by Robert Lennon

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy

A House Among the Trees by Julia Grass

Bed-Stuy Is Burning by Brian Platzer

Crime Fiction

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Philips

Arrowood by Mick Finlay

Need You Dead by Peter James

Nonfiction

Chief Engineer by Erica Wagner

Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green *

The World Broke in Two by Bill Goldstein

Aug. 18th

Nonfiction

Freud by Frederick Crews

The House of Government by Yuri Slezkine

The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

The Once and Future Liberal by Mark Lilla

To Siri with Love by Judith Newman

Life in Code by Ellen Ullman

Surfing with Sartre: Does Riding a Wave Help Solve Existential Mysteries? by Aaron James

Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean (econ. James McGill Buchanan)

Wrestling with His Angel by Sidney Blumenthal (2nd volume of Lincoln biography)

North Korea

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty by Bradley Martin

The Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-hwan and Pierre Rigoulot

Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies by Victor Cha and David Kang

Fiction

The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen

The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet

The Little French Bistro by Nina George

A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe

Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

Crime Fiction

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

The Driver by Hart Hanson

The Rat Catcher’s Olympics by Colin Cotterill

Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman and his son Jason Kellerman

Aug. 25th

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

The Locals by Jonathan Dee

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Motherest by Kristen Iskendrian

Nonfiction

Wild Things by Bruce Handy

Into the Grey Zone by Adrian Owen

No Apparent Distress by Rachel Pearson

Chester B. Himes by Lawrence P. Jackson

You Can Do Anything by George Anders

A Practical Education by Randall Stross

Campus Confidential by Jacques Berlinerblau

The New Education by Cathy N. Davidson

Little Soldiers by Lenora Chu

Sept. 1

Nonfiction

Notes on a Foreign Country by Suzy Hansen

Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas by Donna M. Lucey

‘Good Booty’: The Sexual Power of Music by Ann Powers

‘Warner Bros’: A History of the Studio and the Family by David Thomson’s

“I’ll Have What She’s Having” by Erin Carlson (Nora Ephron)

Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Autobiography by Walt Whitman

Manly Health and Training: To Teach the Science of a Sound Mind and a Beautiful Body by Walt Whitman

Fiction

The Woman Who Had Two Navels by Nick Joaquin

Tales of the Tropical Gothic by Nick Joaquin

Crime Novels

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

Séance Infernale by Jonathan Skariton

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

When the English Fall by David Williams

Grace by Paul Lynch

Out in the Open by Jesus Carrasco

Made for Love by Alissa Nutting

Pages for You by Sylvia Browning

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Final Demand by Deborah Moggach

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

You’ll Never Know Dear by Hallie Ephron

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Sept. 8th

Nonfiction

Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen

Collecting the World by James Delbourgo

Black Detroit by Herb Boyd

Gorbachev by William Taubman

Enraged by Emily Katz Anhalt

A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell

Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller

David Litt, an Obama Speech-writer Who Wants No Credit by David Litt

Fiction

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

The Body in the Clouds by Ashley Hayes

The Party by Elizabeth Day

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Careers for Women by Joanna Scott

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

Dirt Road by James Kelman

The Followers by Rebecca Wait

Best Fall Books (Some of these books can only be pre-ordered. They are not yet available from the publisher.)

A Legacy of Spies: A Novel by John Le Carré

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Hardcore Twenty Four by Janet Evanovich

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Unqualified by Chris Pratt

My Absolute Darling: A Novel by Gabriel Tallent

Origin by Dan Brown

The Girls Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander Novel by David Lagercrantz

To Be Where You Are (A Mitford Novel) by Jan Karon

Two Kinds of Truth (A Harry Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly

The Sun and Her Powers by Rupi Kaur

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

End Game (Will Robie Series) by David Baldacci

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir

Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan

The Rules of Magic: A Novel by Alice Hoffman

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand

It Devours: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End) by David Wong

Without Merit: A Novel by Colleen Hoover

Paris in the Present Tense: A Novel by Mark Helprin

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

The Twelve Mile Straight: A Novel by Eleanor Henderson

Autonomous: A Novel by Annalee Newitz

The Quantum Spy: A Thriller by David Ignatius

Snap Judgment by Marcia Clark

Fever by Deon Meyer and K.L. Seefers

Five Carat Soul by James Mc Bride

Hanna Who Fell From the Sky: A Novel by Christopher Meades

Nonfiction

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance by Tom Brady

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur

Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek and David Mead

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee

Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Watersi

Grant by Ron Chernow

It Takes Two: Our Story by Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Unstoppable: My Life So Far by Maria Sharpova

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live By from WTF Podcast

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty

Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake by Kathryn Miles

David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella and Greg Shaw

My Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History by Josh Dean

T is for Transformation: Unleash the 7 Superpowers to Help You Dig Deeper, Feel Stronger, and Live Your Best Life by Shaun T

Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast*

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith and Zack Weinersmith*

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A by Danielle S. Allen

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum

Blood Lines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty by Melissa del Bosque

WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us

The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe

Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip Hop History by  Chuck D and foreword by Shepard Fairey

The Bloody Patriots: How I Took Down an Anti-government Militia with Beer, Bounty Hunting and Badassery by Bill Fulton and Jeanne Devon

The Art of Stopping Time: Practical Mindfulness for Busy People by Pedram Shojai

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter by Celeste Headlee

Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy

Member of My Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman

Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat by Michael Giorgione

Real American: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims

The Ghosts of Langley: Into the CIA’s Heart of Darkness by John Prados

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo

A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions by Muhammed Yunus

The Vanity Fair Diaries by Tina Brown

Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience by Meg Jay

The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser

American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent by Tamer Elnoury with Kevin Maurer

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google by Scott Galloway

Visit my site: http://notabene718.com

to see my published books and my book reviews

 

July 2017 Book List

Publisher’s Weekly

June 2

Confessions by Augustine (newly translated by Sarah Ruden)

Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination by Herb Boyd (NF)

Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker (YA)

Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? by Heath Fogg Davis (NF)

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder (F)

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Kennedy and the King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights by Steven Levingston (NF)

A Fugitive in Walden Woods by Norman Lock (F)

Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou (translated from the French by Helen Stevenson) (F)

How to Be a Muslim: An American Story by Haroon Moghul (NF)

This Impossible Light by Lily Myers (F in poetry)

We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman (NF)

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhoti Roy (F)

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis (NF)

June 16

The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll (F)

The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness by Jennifer Latson (NF)

Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen (NF)

Flesh, and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma (NF)

Open Heart: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby

The Force by Don Winslow Morrow (F)

June 30

American, English, Italian, Chocolate: Small Subjects of Great Importance by Rick Bailey (NF)

The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins (F)

Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan by Elaine M Hayes(NF)

Trophy: A Novel by Steffen Jacobsen (F)

Who is Rich? By Matthew Klam (F)

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (F, YA)

All We Shall Know? A Novel by Donal Ryan (F)

A Stone of Hope: A Memoir by Jim St. Germain

Words on Bathroom Walls: A Novel by Julia Walton (F, YA)

July 7

The Great Nadar: The Man Behind the Camera by Adam Begley (NF)

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg (NF)

Alone by Christophe Chabouté (visually stunning) (F)

Death on Delos by Gary Corby (F)

Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 AD to the First Crusade by Anthony Keldellis (NF)

Dirt Road by James Kelman (F)

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais (F)

The Art of Starving by Sam J Miller (F, YA)

My Heart Hemmed In by Marie N Diaye (translated from the French by Jordan Stump) (F)

Conversations with Friends: A Novel by Sally Rooney

So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley by Roger Steffens (NF)

The End by Fernanda Torres (F)

July 14

The Late Show by Michael Connelly (F)

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly (F, YA)

The Epiphany Machine by David Burr Gerrard

Ants Among the Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India by Sujatha Gidla (NF)

Soul Cage by Giles Murray (F)

The Library of Fates by Adit Khorana (F, YA)

Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Mũnoz Molina (translated from the Spanish by Camilo A Ramirez) (F)

Arbitrary Stupid Goal by Tamara Shopsin (Short Stories)

Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls (NF)

July 21

The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II by Svetlana Alexievich (translated from the Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsby) (NF)

Refugee by Alan Gratz (F)

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed (F)

The Way We Die Now: The View from Medicine’s Front Line by Seamus O’Mahony (NF)

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (F)

Amazon

Literature and Fiction

Spoonbenders: A Novel by Daryl Gregory

Goodbye Vitamin: A Novel by Rachel Khong

The Outer Cape: A Novel by Patrick Dacey

Tornado Weather: A Novel by Deborah E. Kennedy

AFTERLIFE by Marcus Sakey

Before Everything by Victoria Redel

The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel

Rufuge:  A Novel by Dina Nayeri

Quiet Until the Thaw: A Novel by Alexandra Fuller

Who is Rich? A Novel by Matthew Klam

Camino Island by John Grisham

Mysteries and Thrillers

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Fierce Kingdom: A Novel by Gin Phillips

The Lying Game: A Novel by Ruth Ware

The Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente

Zero Sum (A John Rain Novel) by Barry Eisler

House of Spies: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) by Daniel Silva

Every Last Lie by Mary Kupica (A gripping novel of psychological suspense)

AFTERLIFE by Marcus Sakey

Biographies and Memoirs

Sting-Ray Afternoons: A Memoir by Steve Rushin

Chester H. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson

Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship by Michelle Kuo

Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughn by Elaine M Hayes

To the New Owners: A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir by Madeleine Blais

Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Nonfiction

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Ben Mezrich

Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem by Bill Nye

Science Fiction and Fantasy

When the English Fall: A Novel by David Williams

New York Times

June 18

Everything under Heaven: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power by Howard French (NF)

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides Trap? By Graham Allison (NF)

Be Like the Fox by Erica Benner (Machiavelli) (NF)

Goethe: Life as Work of Art by Rudiger Sofranski (NF)

Raven Rock by Garrett M Groff (History of the Cold War) (NF)

I Was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet (NF)

A Little More Human by Fiona Maazel (F)

Camino Island by John Grisham (F)

You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison (F)

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig (F)

According to a Source by Abby Stein (F)

Among the Lesser Gods by Margo Catts (F)

The Invisible Mile by David Coventry (F)

June 25

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Lev Grossman (NF)

A Fine Mess by T R Reid (NF)

Lincoln and the Abolitionists by Fred Kaplan (NF)

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (NF)

The Seeds of Life by Edward Dolnick (NF)

The Boy Who Loved Too Much by Jennifer Latson (NF)

Murder in Matera by Helen Stapinski (NF)

Awkward by Ty Tashiro (NF)

If I Understood You, Would I Have this Look on my Face? By Alan Alda (NF)

Best New Crime (4 titles)

Wolf on a String by Benjamin Black (F)

The Force by Don Winslow (F)

The Templars Last Secret by Martin Walker (F)

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (F)

Fly Me by Daniel Riley (F)

Some Rise by Sin by Philip Caputo (F)

A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi (F)

July 2

Kennedy and King by Steven Levingston (NF)

The New Urban Crisis by Richard Florida (NF)

An English Governess in the Great War by Mary Thorp (NF)

Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor’s Search for the Perfect Match by Vanessa Grubbs (NF)

Healing Children: A Surgeon’s Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine by Kurt Newman (NF)

Open Heart: A Cardiac Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby (NF)

Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Ward by Elizabeth Ford (NF)

Fiction

Modern Gods by Nick Laird

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy

Compass by Mathias Énard

July 9

Fiction

Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne

Saints for All Occasions by Courtney Sullivan

The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates by Jacob Bacharach

Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

The Zoo by Isobel Charman (NF)

The Chickenshit Club by Jesse Eisinger (NF)

Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden (NF)

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M Sapolsky (NF)

The Hue and Cry at Our House by Benjamin Taylor (NF)

The Best Land Under Heaven by Michael Wallis (NF)

Love, Africa by Jeffrey Gettleman (NF)

Return to Glory by Matthew DeBord (NF)

July 16

Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North by Robert Fergusson (NF)

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley (NF)

Among the Janeites: A Journey through the World of Jane Austen Fandom by Deborah Yaffe (NF)

The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser (NF)

The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theater and Why She Works in Hollywood by Paula Byrne (NF)

Jane Austen: The Secret Radical by Helena Kelly (NF)

The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison (F)

The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier (F)

The Underground River by Martha Conway (F)

July 23

The Home that was Our Country by Alia Malek (NF)

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled by Wendy Pearlman (NF)

Hunger by Roxane Gay (NF)

The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea by Bill Emmott (NF)

One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality by Jeremy Waldron

Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls

The Islamic Enlightenment by Christopher de Ballaigue (NF)

Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals by Jeremy McCarter (NF)

Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughn by Elaine M Hayes (NF)

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (NF)

Fiction

There Your Heart Lies by Mary Gordon

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

4 new mysteries

The Smack by Richard Lange

The Fallen by Ace Atkins

City of Masks by S D Sykes

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

Black Moses by Alain Mobanckou

Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexander Fuller

 

Check out my book reviews and my published books at

http://notabene718.com/

 

 

 

May 2017 Book List

The interesting trend I see in this new crop of books on my May 2017 Book List which covers (compiled from PW, Amazon, NYT) mid-March until the end of April is that I see more nonfiction titles than fiction titles. I wonder if all the difficulty we are experiencing in our politics separating real news from fake news, and fact from propaganda or outright lies is fueling a desire to read books that attempt to be based in fact. Another trend also relates to politics because, while our country is responding to the “America First” message and turning its back on globalism, writing is becoming more global than ever before as the nationalities of the published authors show. One constant: so many great books, so little time. I am reading from older lists right now and will not catch up to this list for some time. When I do catch up the novel American War by Omar El Akkad seems like it might suit my politics, sci-fi, apocalyptic tastes. What titles appeal to you?

Publishers Weekly

April 3, 2017

Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution by Peter Andreas (NF)

Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The Story of Friendship, a Novel, and a Terrible Year by Peter Brooks (NF)

What Flaubert had just written: Sentimental Education (F)

Marlena by Julie Buntin (F)

The Happy End/All Welcome by Mónica de la Torre (Sounds like a can’t miss Poetry book)

Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel (Mys.)

American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad

Somebody with a little Hammer by Mary Gaitskill

Prussian Blue: A Bernie Guthrie Novel by Philip Kerr

The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty by Jonathan Morduch and Rachael Schneider (NF)

The Draw: A Memoir by Lee Siegel

God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America by Louis S. Warren (NF)

Foxlowe: A Novel by Eleanor Wasserberg

April 10, 2017

Long Black Veil: A Novel by Jennifer Finney Boylon (Thriller)

The Great Unknown: Seven Journeys to the Frontiers of Science by Marcus du Saufoy (NF)

Man’s Better Angels: Romantic Reformers and the Coming of the Civil War by Philip Fibura (NF)

Cruel is the Night by Karo Hämäläinen (F)

Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff (F)

At the Lightning Field by Laura Raicovich (Essays)

An American Sickness: How Health Care Became Big Business and How You can Take it Back by Elizabeth Rosenthal (NF)

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro (Memoir)

Darwin’s First Theory: Exploring Darwin’s Quest for a Theory of Earth by Rob Wesson (NF

April 17

The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam (F)

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. (NF)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (True Crime)

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Helligman (NF)

The Sun King’s Conspiracy by Yves Jégo and Denis Lépée (Thriller)

Bang by Barry Lyga (F)

Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes by Ann Elizabeth Moore (Essays)

Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray by Rosalind Rosenberg

April 24

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid (F)

The Whole Together Thing by Ann Brashares (F)

Good Friday on the Rez by David Hugh Bunnell (NF)

The Last Neanderthal by Clair Cameron (NF)

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot (Memoir)

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (F)

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (F) (post-apocalyptic journey)

May 1

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan (F)

Season of Crimson Blossoms by Akubakar Adam Ibrahim (F)

The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko (F)

One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of this Will Matter by Scaachi Koul (Essays)

The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis (Autobiographical novel)

Ginny Moon: A Novel by Benjamin Ludwig (F)

The Unruly City: Paris, London, and New York in the Age of Revolution by Mike Rapport (NF)

A Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (NF)

Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky (NF)

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (F)

Amazon

Editors Picks, Best of the Month

Bear Town: A Novel by Fredrik Backman

American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (NF)

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel by Hannah Tinti

The Woman in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg, Adam M Grant PhD (NF)

Void Star: A Novel by Zachary Mason

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People’s Temple by Jeff Guinn (NF)

Nevertheless: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin (Memoir)

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr (A Bernie Gunther Novel)

Literature and Fiction

The Stars Are Fire: A Novel by Anita Shreve

If We Were Villains: A Novel by M L Rio

The Woman in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck

My Cat Yugoslavia: A Novel by Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston

Spoils by Brian Van Reet

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel by Hannah Tinti

The Half Wives by Stacia Pellietier

What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nineka Arimah

The Practice House by Laura Mitchell

What to Do About the Solomons by Bethany Ball

Marlena by Julie Buntin

All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan, Jessica Cohen

American War by Omar El Akkad

Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan

Mysteries and Thrillers

Rag Doll by Daniel Cole

Change Agent by Daniel Suarez

Earthly Remains: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon

The Fix by David Baldacci (Amos Decker Series)

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

The Devil’s Country by Harry Hunsicker

If We Were Villains by M L Rio

A Criminal Defense by William L Myers Jr.

Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr

The Lost Order by Steve Berry

Biographies and Memoirs

When You Find Out the World is Against You by Kelly Oxford

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce Wars by Daniel J Sharstein

The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia

Richard Nixon: The Life by John Farrell

Sam Shepard: A Life by John J Winters

The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn

Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman

Nevertheless: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin

The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History by Stephan Talty

Arnie: The Life of Arnold Palmer by Tom Callahan

New York Times

March 26

The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution by Ganesh Sitaraman (NF)

The One-Cent Magenta by James Barron (NF)

Quicksand by Malen Perrson Giolito (Thriller)

Ties by Domenico Starnone (F)

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar (F)

Ill Will by Dan Chaon (F)

The Barrowfields by Philip Lewis (F)

Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato (F)

Irish Fiction

Himself by Jess Kidd

Eggshells by Cartriona Lally

Slipping by John Toomey

March 31

The Evangelicals by Francis FitzGerald (NF)

A Novel of the Century by David Bellow (Les Miserables) (NF)

The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck (NF)

Blitzed by Norman Ohler (NF)

Sex and the Constitution by Geoffrey R Stone (NF)

Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu (NF)

The Unmade Bed by Stepah Marche (NF)

Down City by Leah Carroll (NF)

Reagan Rising by Craig Shirley (NF)

Jerzy by Jerome Charyn (F)

The Idiot by Elif Batuman (F)

Crime Fiction

Earthy Remains by Donna Leon

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

Prussions Blue by Philip Kerr

White Tears by Hari Kunzru (F)

Shot Blue by Jesse Ruddock (F)

April 7

An American Sickness by Elizabeth Rosenthal (NF)

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (NF)

Ice Ghosts by Paul Watson (NF)

By More than Providence by Michael J Green (NF)

No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers

Unwanted Advances by Laura Kipnis (NF)

The Campus Rape Frenzy by K C Johnson and Stuart Taylor Jr (NF)

The Spider Network by David Enrich (NF)

My Darling Detective by Howard Norman (F)

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts (F)

Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein (NF)

April 14

Nonfiction

Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr

A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

South and West by Joan Didion

Letterman by Jason Zinoman

Who Lost Russia? By Peter Conradi

Never Out of Season by Robert Dunn

Martin Luther by Lyndal Roper

The First Love Story (Minus the Sin and Sexism) by Bruce Feiler

The Chessboard and the Web by Ann-Marie Slaughter

Fiction

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World by Brian Boyle

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Sympathy by Olivia Sudijic

The Dhow House by Jean McNeil

What to Do About the Solomons by Bethany Bell

Crime Fiction

Fallout by Sara Paretsky

The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel

April 21

Nonfiction

Hamlet Globe to Globe by Dominic Dromgoole

You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser

The Knowledge of Illusion by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernback

What We Can Learn from Falstaff by Harold Bloom

A Rabble of Dead Money by Charles R Morris

Portraits of Courage by George W Bush

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Madness Rules the Hour by Paul Starobin

Fiction

My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci

American War by Omar El Akkad

Marlena by Julie Buntin

One of the Boys by Daniel Magarielm

Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss

April 28

Fiction

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yaknavitch

Underground Fugue by Margot Singer

Nonfiction

The Outrun by Amy Liptrot

Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli

The Givers by David Callahan

The Golden Passport by Duff McDonald

Phenomena by Annie Jacobsen

Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata

The Family Gene by Joselin Linder

 

Visit Nancy Brisson’s Websites

https://www.thearmchairobserver.com/

http://notabene.com/

Or visit me at tremr.com or goodreads.com

 

March 2017 Book List

From a Google Image Search

It’s Spring (sort of) and this is the season when lots of new books appear on the market so I present to you my March 2017 Book List. Although you will find lots of repetition on these lists each source also offers some unique titles. If you just want a good story, nothing too esoteric, go the Amazon section of the list. If you have global tastes Publisher’s Weekly should satisfy, and if you like to get your book advice from the New York Times then that source is also represented in this list. For the truly compulsive, go for all three.

Nonfiction titles, for some reason, are getting longer and longer so they are, generally, easy to spot. If you are a true reader you probably wish to devour each new book and all of the older ones too. If you were to have a fantasy room it would probably have a comfy chair surrounded by piles of classic and newly-minted books. But if you set out to read each book that was published from February through Mid-March this year you would have to read a little bit over 6.5 titles per day. So don’t be discouraged if you are unable to meet your admittedly unrealistic book reading goals. You have a lot of company.

Publisher’s Weekly

Feb. 6th

Civil Wars: A History of Ideas by David Armitage (NF)

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin (NF)

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (NF)

Schadenfreude, a Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For by Rebecca Schumen (Memoir)

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag trans. from the Kannada by Srinath Perur

Make Yourself Happy by Elini Sikelianos (NF)

Hit Makers: Why Things Become Popular by Derek Thompson (NF)

The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease by Meredith Wadman (NF)

Feb. 13th

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble

In Full Velvet by Jenny Johnson

We are Okay by Nina LaCour

Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma by Larry Millett

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

The Last Night at Tremore Beach by Mikei Santiago

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt

The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Incendiary Art by Patricia Smith (NF)

The American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Feb. 20th

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution by A. Roger Ekirch (NF)

Spook Street: A Novel by Mick Herron

Running: A Novel by Cara Hoffman

Rusty Puppy: A Novel by Joe Lansdale

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test and the Power of Seeing by Damion Searls (NF)

Encircling by Carl Frode Tiller trans. from the Norwegian by Barbara J. Haveland

Feb 27th

The Accusation by Bandi trans. from the Korean by Deborah Smith (Short Stories that offer glimpses of North Korea)

The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon (Bio)

Alpine Apprentice: A Memoir by Sarah Gorham

Walking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen trans. from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverston

Daughter of the Pirate King: A Novel by Tricia Levenseller

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

The Gene Machine: How Genetic Techniques are Changing the Way We Have Kids – and the Kids We Have by Bonnie Rochman (NF)

The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World by Anne Marie Slaughter (NF)

Great Crossings: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves in the Age of Jackson by Christina Snyder.

The Hate U Give: A Novel by Angie Thomas

Please Bury Me In This by Allison Benis White (Collection of suicide stories)

Velocity by Chris Wooding (YA Apocalyptic novel)

Camanchaca by Diego Zúniga trans. from the Spanish by Megan McDowell

March 6th

Taduno’s Song: A Novel by Odale Alogiun

The Price of Illusion: A Memoir by Joan Juliet Buck

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Memoir)

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Lenin’s Roller Coaster by Daniel Downing

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hornett

Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story by Steven Hatch (NF)

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

No Friends But the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Violent Highlands by Judith Matioff (NF)

The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico

Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World by Benjamin Reiss (NF)

The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals by Joel Sartore

Goodbye Days: A Novel by Jeff Zentner (YA)

March 13th

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayeri

The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis

In Between Days by Teva Harrison (Memoir, Cancer battle)

Mikhail and Margarita by Julie Lekstrom Himes

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Himself by Jess Kidd Atria

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

The Family Gene by Joselin Linder (NF)

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

March 20th

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

Lola: A Novel by Melissa Scrivner

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

Find Me by J S Monro

Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching from Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem by George Prochnik (NF)

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic and the First Police Chief of Paris by Holly Tucker (NF)

The Exploded View by Ivan Vladislavic (F)

The New York Times Book Review

Feb. 3rd

Too Close to Happy by Daphne Merkin (Memoir, Depression)

The New Brooklyn by Kay Hymowitz (NF)

Disaster Falls by Stéphane Gerson (NF)

The Weapon Wizards by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot (NF)

Upwardly Minded: The Reconstruction Rise of a Black Elite by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor (NF)

Fiction

A Great Place to Have a War by Joshua Kurlantzick (NF)

The Men in My Life by Patricia Bosworth (NF)

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Rather Be Devil by Ian Rankin

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman

The Lost Woman by Sara Blædel trans. from Danish by Mark Kline

Books Recommended this Week

Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims (NF)

A House Full of Females: Plural Marriages and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (NF)

Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America’s Role in the World by Robert D. Kaplan (NF)

The Crossing by Andrew Miller (F)

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov (F)

Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir by Sheila Kohler

Feb. 12th

Fiction

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Night of Fire by Colin Thubron

The Evening Road by Haird Hunt

On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman

Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Nonfiction

Why Time Flies by Alan Burdick

Six Encounters with Lincoln by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

(Middle East)

The Attack by Loic Daewillier

The Arab of the Future 2 by Riad Sattouf

Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B Tyson

Generation Revolution by Rachel Aspden

The Genius of Judaism by Bernard-Henri Lévy

Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Feb. 19th

Fiction

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Dibble

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates

The Dance of Jakaranda by Peter Kimani

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Autumn by Ali Smith

Fiction in Translation

Dance on the Volcano by Marie Vieux Chauvet

The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen

The Ninety-Ninth Floor by Jan Fawaz Elhassan

The Great and the Good by Michel Déon

Nonfiction

Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li

Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra

Two about Silicon Valley

Valley of the Gods by Alexander Wolfe

The Kingdom of Happiness by Aimee Groth

At Utmost: A Devotional Memoir by Macy Halford

Cannibalism by Bill Schutt

Best and Latest Crime Fiction

Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

Racing the Devil by Charles Todd

Snowblind by Ragnar Janasson

Walk Away by Sam Hawken

Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay (lost Harlem novel)

Feb. 26th

Fiction

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

The School Days of Jesus by J M Coetze

The One Inside by Sam Shepard

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Journeyman by Marc Bojanowski

Nonfiction

Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport

Pretending is Lying by Dominique Goblet

How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey

Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine

When Police Kill by Frank Zimring

Unwarranted by Barry Friedman

Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

March 3rd

Fiction

A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman

The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky

The World to Come by Jim Shepard

Argentine Fiction

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Savage Theories by Pola Oloixarae

Nonfiction

We’ll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg

High Noon by Glenn Frankel

Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin

Pontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory by Aldo Schiavone

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast by Megan Marshall

Food Fights and Culture Wars by Tom Nealon

Reality is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli

The Islamic Jesus by Mustafa Akyol

Robert Lowell – Setting the River on Fire by Kay Redfield Jamison

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

Stalin and the Scientists by Simon Ings

Best and Latest Crime Fiction

What You Don’t Know by Jo Ann Chaney

I See You by Clare Macintosh

The Dime by Betty (Riz) Rhyzyk

Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James

March 12th

Fiction

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Before the War by Fay Weldon

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Nonfiction

Lower Ed by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Insomniac City by Bill Hayes

Can’t Just Stop by Sharon Bagley

Convergence by Peter Watson

Divided We Stand by Marjorie J Spruill

The Brain Defense by Kevin Davis

The Gestapo by Frank McDonough

Abandon Me by Melissa Febo

Amazon

Best Books of March

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

White Tears: A Novel by Hari Kunzru

The Night Ocean: A Novel by Paul La Farge

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter (NF)

Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, School, or, How to Become an Expert at Just About Anything by Ulrich Boser

All Grown Up: A Novel by Jami Attenberg

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper (NF)

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

Literature and Fiction

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

Our Short History: A Novel by Lauren Grodstein

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

The One-Eyed Man by Jr. Ron Currie

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Edgar and Lacy by Victor Lodato

Celine by Peter Heller

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

Bright Air Black by David Vann

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Mysteries and Thrillers

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Celine by Peter Heller

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

The Twelve Lies of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry

Biographies and Memoirs

Dueling with Kings: High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get Rich Promise of Daily Fantasy Sports by Daniel Barbarisi

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown by Catherine Burns

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Earnest Hemingway by Nicholas E. Reynolds

The Price of Illusion: A Memoir by Joan Juliet Buck

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

Grace Notes: My Recollections by Katey Segal

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life by Ray Connolly

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last Three Hermits by Michael Finkel

Science Fiction and Fantasy

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

 

 

February 2017 Book List

February 2017 Book List

New York Times Book Review

January 6, 2017

The Strays by Emily Bitto

Idaho by Emily Rushkovich

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Latest and Best Crime Fiction

The Old Man by Thomas Perry

The Borrowed by Chan Ho-kee

The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

The Death of Kings by Rennie Airth

New Books Recommended This Week

The Correspondence by J. D. Daniels

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey Smith

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the present by John Pomfret

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom

The Moravian Night: A Story by Peter Handke

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzwell

January 13, 2017

How America Lost its Secrets by Edward Jay Epstein

Human Acts by Han Kang

The Kaiser’s Last Kiss by Alan Judd

Books We Recommend this Week

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force by Eliot A. Cohen

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

War Against War: The American Fight for Peace 1914-1918 by Michael Kazin

The Strays by Emily Bitto

Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 by David Cesarani

Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell

The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

New Paperbacks

The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas by Alison Weir

Arcadia by Iain Pears

The Invention of Science: A New History of Scientific Revolution by David Wootton

Predicting Trump – The NYT recommends a 1935 book – It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

That Other Clinton: A Brief Biography of Bill by Michael Tomasky

Audacity by Jonathan Chait

The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes

Huck Out West by Robert Coover

Enigma Variations by André Aciman

Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld

Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney

Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis

Different Class by Joanne Harris

New Books We Recommend this Week

The Dry by Jane Harper

Nicotine by Gregor Hens

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King as told to Barbara Reynolds

Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White by Michael Tisserand

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Human Acts by Han Kang

New Paperbacks

World’s Elsewhere: Journeys around Shakespeare’s Globe by Andrew Dickson

The Gold Eaters by Ronald Wright

Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoepf

Mothering Sunday: A Romance by Graham Swift

Kill ‘em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey

Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency by David Greenberg

January 27, 2017

1st Outline, now Transit by Rachel Cusk

The Patriots by Sana Krashikov

The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

The Crossing by Andrew Miller

Earning the Rockies by Robert D. Kaplan

The True Flag by Stephen Kinzer

Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kohler

New Books We Recommend this Week

Transit by Rachel Cusk

The South: Henry Hampton and “Eyes on the Prize,” the Landmark Television Series that Reframed the Civil Rights Movement by Jon Else

Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy that Will Prevail by Jonathan Chait

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

Huck Out West by Robert Coover

The Book that Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation by Randall Fuller

The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes

The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State by Graeme Wood

Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

Enigma Variations by André Aciman

Amazon

Best Books of January

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

History of Wolves: A Novel by Emily Fridlund

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by Katherine Arden

The Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel by Kathleen Rooney

This is How It Always Is: A Novel by Laurin Frankel

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekeran

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine

Human Acts: A Novel by Han Kang

Literature and Fiction

Huck Out West: A Novel by Robert Coover

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Indelible by Adelia Saunders

Idaho: A Novel by Emily Ruskovich

The Midnight Cool: A Novel by Lydia Peelle

Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Idaho: A Novel by Emily Ruskovich

Fever Dream: A Novel by Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

The Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper

Human Acts: A Novel by Han Kang

Her Every Fear: A Novel by Peter Swanson

The Girl Before: A Novel by J. P. Delaney

The Final Day: A Novel by William R. Forstchen

The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller

Nonfiction

Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelle

Is It All In Your Head? True Stories of Imaginary Illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan

What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Your Lost Evolutionary Strength by Scott Carney

Books for Living by Will Schwaibe

Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs by Martin Torgoff

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine

The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America by Mark Sundeen

A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life by Ayelet Waldeman

Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash

Biography

How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft by Edward Jay Epstein

Amazon: New for February

4321: A Novel by Paul Auster

The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak

Universal Harvester: A Novel by John Darnielle

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World by Brad Stone

Home Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver and Me by Bill Hayes

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Literature and Fiction

Forever is the Worst Long Time: A Novel by Camille Pagán

4321: A Novel by Paul Auster

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

A Separation: A Novel by Katie Kitamura

The Weight of Him: A Novel by Ethel Rohan

The Clairvoyants by Karen Brown

Mysteries and Thrillers

Six Four: A Novel by Hideo Yokoyama, Jonathan Lloyd-Davies

A Separation: A Novel by Katie Kitamura

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death by Kim Harrison

Gunmetal Gray (Gray Man) by Mark Greaney

What You Break (A Gus Murphy Novel) by Reed Farrel Coleman

Racing the Devil by Charles Todd

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Biographies and Memoirs

Nearly Normal: Surviving the Wilderness, My Family, and Myself by Cea Sunrise Person

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast by Megan Marshall

The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love by Michael Lemonick

Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict by Steve Swenson

The Inkblots: Herman Rorschach: His Iconic Test and the Power of Being by Damion Searls

Truffle Boy: My Unexpected Journey Through the Exotic Food Underground by Ian Purkayastha with Kevin West

This Close to Happy: Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver and Me by Bill Hayes

No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon by Erik Weinhenmayer, Buddy Levy with Forward by Bob Woodruff

Nonfiction

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity by Derek Thompson

Black Edges: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel Dennett

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Haran

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World by Brad Stone

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel

The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data by Kevin Mitnick and Mikko Hypponen

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

Gilded Age (Dark Gifts) by Vic James

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel by Elan Mastai

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere) by Meg Ellison

 

 

October 2016 Book List

 

bookshelf6

 

October 2016 Book List

Independent Booksellers

 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Home by Harlan Coben

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

The Nix by Nathan Hill

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Death’s End by Cixin Liu

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart.

Leave Me by Gayle Foreman

First Comes Love by Emily Griffin

Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

The Risen by Ron Rash

Sting by Sandra Brown

Envelope Poems by Emily Dickinson

 

Amazon

 

Biographies and Memoirs

Spaceman: An Astronauts Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act by Alex Prudhomme

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A Life in Paris by Bryan Cranston

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing by Jennifer Weiner

Literature and Fiction

All that Man Is: A Novel by David Szalay

The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

News of the World: A Novel by Paulette Jiles

Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down: A Novel by Anne Valente

Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb

Nicotine: A Novel by Nell Zink

The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennett

A Gambler’s Anatomy: A Novel by Jonathan Lethem

Hag Seed (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Margaret Atwood

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Mystery and Thrillers

IQ by Joe Ide

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost

Order to Kill by Vince Flynn

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

By Gaslight: A Novel by Steven Price

Seduced (A Hannah Smith Novel) by Randy Wayne White

His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme McCrae Burnet

The Trespasser by Tana French

Coffin Road by Peter May

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

The Ferryman Institute: A Novel by Colin Gigl

 

New York Times Book Review

 

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Hillary’s First 100 Days by David Mandel

Ark by Julian Tepper

Liberty Street by Dianne Warren

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Crime Fiction

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

The Vanished by Lotte and Søren Hammer trans. by Martin Aitken

Sorrow Road by Julia Keller

Beloved Poison by E. S. Thomson

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen NF

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towle

Loner by Teddy Wayne

When in French: Love in a Second Language by Lauren Collins

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Little Nothing by Marisa Silver

The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time by Steven Sherrill

The Gloaming by Melanie Finn

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

The Ballroom by Anna Hope

The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop

The Trespasser by Tana French

Crime Fiction

Hell Fire by Karin Fossum

Home by Harlen Coben

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton (read it with a friend)

 

Publishers Weekly

 

Fire in the Stars by Barbara Fradkin

The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang

By Gaslight: A Novel by Steven Price

Demon, Vol. 1 by Jason Shiga

All That Man Is by David Szalay

Holiday Gifts for Readers

Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchett

Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesin Cook

Compiled by Nancy Brisson

June-July, 2016 Book List

books small 3

I usually publish my book lists around the 15th of each month, but my site was under construction and it scattered my wits and interrupted my schedule, so here is the list for both June and July and there are treasures in here and there is plenty of politics, mostly of the Conservative variety. I did not have the usual bulletins from Publishers Weekly, but the New York Times Book Review started arriving like clockwork. Is this like that saying that when one door closes another one opens? Of course, these lists produce both anticipation and anxiety. Which book/s will I love this time? How will I ever, ever get to all of these books? That’s life, full of the paradoxes.

 

Amazon

 

Literature and Fiction

Here Comes the Sun: A Novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn

Pond by Claire Louise Bennett

Invincible Summer by Alice Adams

The Heavenly Table: A Novel by Donald Ray Pollock

Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel

As Good As Gone: A Novel by Larry Watson

Siracusa by Delia Ephron

Ninety-Nine Stories of God by Joy Williams

Night of the Animals: A Novel by Bill Broun

Sarong Party Girls: A Novel by Cheryl Lu-lien Tan

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

 

Hot New Releases

Crisis of Character: A White House Service Office Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne

Wake up America: the Nine Virtues that Made Our Nation Great – and Why We Need Them More Than Ever by Eric Bolling

The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Gravity Falls: Journal 5 by Alex Hirsch, Rob Renzetti

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family by J. D. Vance

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas

The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech by Kimberly Strassel

Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

The Gilded Years: A Novel by Karin Tanabe

 

Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

I Am No One: A Novel by Patrick Flanery

All is Not Forgotten: A Novel by Wendy Walker

The Castle of Kings by Oliver Potzch

Wolf Lake: A Novel by John Verdon

How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel by Jesse Ball

The Heavenly Table: A Novel by Donald Ray Pollock

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Olivia

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch

 

Independent Booksellers

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

The Girls by Emma Cline

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

Murder on the Quai by Cara Black

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

The After Party by Anton Di Sclafini

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

 

New York Times Book Review

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

The Book of Esther by Emily Barton (YA)

The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy (NF)

The New Arab Wars by Marc Lynch (NF)

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? By Katrin Marçal (NF)

The Money Cult by Chris Lehmann  (NF)

A Million Windows by James McNamara

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism

by Yuval Leven (NF)

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (NF)

Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War by Mark Danner (NF)

Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America by Calvin Trillin (NF)

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg (NF)

Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible by William N. Goetzmann (NF)

Native Believer by Ali Eteraz

 

1st novels

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church (don’t know if this is a great book, but it is a great title)

Happy Family by Tracy Barone

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr

Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov

 

Crime Fiction

Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley

Willnot by James Sallis

Murder on the Quai by Cara Black

Burn What Will Burn by C B McKenzie

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

The Extra by A B Yehoshua

The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordon

Born on Tuesday by Elnathan John

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillian

The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro+