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

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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

 

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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

 

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March 2017 Book List

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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

 

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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

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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+

 

 

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough – Book

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My entire mental schema for the Wright brothers contained a total of 4 facts. I knew that one brother was Orville and one was Wilbur. I knew they built the first airplane capable of flight and that the first flight was made from Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My schema also contained some visuals: a rather sketchy approximation of what that first airplane looked like (it looked like a cross between a box kite and a paper airplane model) and a visual image of the dunes at Kitty Hawk, NC from a visit to the Outer Banks, where my friends showed absolutely no interest in digging deeper into the wonders of flight, focused as they were on the joys of flirtation and looking good in a bathing suit.

But the newest biography called The Wright Brothers by David McCullough got such great press that I, who had always been somewhat fascinated with man’s quest to fly and with the first time this was successfully accomplished, was tempted to stray from fiction. This biography was well worth the detour.

I have seen drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, quite antique, that show wing assemblies that could be strapped to men. These drawings (looking like angel wings) attest to man’s envy of s bird’s ability to soar above the earth, perhaps to the very heavens. The drawings also trace the historical roots of our actual attempts to emulate the birds and lift off from solid ground, free of gravity, into the blue sky.

Wilbur and Orville Wright did not live in Kitty Hawk, NC. They only went there for the dunes and the wind and to study the shore birds that inspired them so strongly.  Indeed the ocean winds over the dunes at Kitty Hawk enabled man’s first flight ever on December 13, 1903 and then the first flight caught on film on December 17, 1903. Sustained flights took more time, more tinkering, and more tests; even a few accidents. But those two brothers who came from Dayton, Ohio, from the steady, devout and loving family of a preacher possessed the strong work ethic and the drive that kept them working until they made a plane that could reliably take off, fly and land.

The brothers (Wilbur, older – Orville, younger) were the kind of men who almost always wore suits even when tinkering in their workshop. They got their income from their bicycle shop and when they realized how passionately they wished to invent a machine that could fly, they were able to use the workshop behind the bicycle shop to fashion their flying machine. They immediately grasped the advantages that flying would give America in a war and they asked, unsuccessfully for money from the War Department.

A number of people in America (even at the Smithsonian), in Great Britain, in France were all racing to create a glider with an engine which could sustain flight over time and distance. This pursuit was scientific and the brothers knew their physics. They studied wing design and lift. Secrecy was somewhat important because the men who competed to be first and best were not averse to a bit of what we would classify now as “corporate espionage”. Fortunately for the brothers the others were not as meticulous and did not have the brothers’ gift for the physics of flight. Still there were many legal battles with competitors over patent issues.

Going back to the gritty and very inspiring beginnings of something we take so much for granted in our era of jets and airbuses is good for our souls and David McCullough, however workman-like his account may seem, also takes us “up, up in the air with those glorious men in their flying machines.” Flying has become essential both in warfare and in peace. Whatever would those brothers think of stealth bombers and drones? At any rate, I now consider my Wright brothers’ schema well-plumped with new connections – and that is just one of the reasons I love reading books.

May 2016 Book List

 

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Amazon Books

 

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee – (NF)

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

The After Party: A Novel by Anton DiSclafini

Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danier

The Summer Guest: A Novel by Alison Anderson

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Happy Family by Tracy Barone

The Sport of Kings: A Novel by C E Morgan

Born of a Tuesday: A Novel by Einathan John

The Noise of Time: A Novel by Julian Barnes

LaRose: A Novel by Louise Eldrich

The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel by Elizabeth J. Church

The Honeymoon by Dinita Smith

 

Biographies and Memoirs

 

Braving It: A Father, a Daughter and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild by James Campbell

The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Valient Ambition: George Washington, Bendict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution, by Nathaniel Philbrick

Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner

Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman

My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire’s Lone Survivor, by Brendon McDonough, Stephan Tally

A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight by Maria Toopakai, Katharine Holstein

The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir by Betsy Lerner

The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones by Rich Cohen

Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story by Matti Friedman

Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me by Ron Miscavige, Dan Koon

 

Mystery and Thriller

 

The Fireman by Joe Hill

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Redemption Road: A Novel by John Hart

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton

Girls on Fire: A Novel by Robin Wasserman

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

The 100 Year Miracle: A Novel by Ashley Ream

Night Shift (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine Harris

Wilde Lake: A Novel by Laura Lippman

 

Publisher’s Weekly Books

 

Gold of Our Fathers by Kivei Quartey (Darko Dawson)

Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy

Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris

One Hundred Twenty-One Days by Michele Audin

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens

Born on a Tuesday by Einathan John

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (YA)

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley (Memoir)

Zero K by Don Lillo

La Rose by Louise Erdrich

Sergio Y by Alexandre Vidal Porto

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand (YA)

Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

 

Independent Booksellers Books

 

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

My Sunshine Away by M O Walsh

The Crossing by Michael Connelly

Zero K by Don DeLillo

The Last Mile by David Baldacci

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Life’s Golden Ticket by Brendon Burchard

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahan

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Redemption Road by John Hart

Journey to Munich by Jennifer Winspear

The Lost Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

Maestra by L S Hilton

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Bachman

Extreme Prey by John Sandford

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church

The Sport of Kings by C F Morgan

Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom

Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh

Robert B Parker’s Slow Burn by Ace Atkins

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

 

 

February 2016 Book List

Happy
Valentine’s Day, Happy President’s Day, Happy Reading!
PUBLISHER’S
WEEKLY
The Road
to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
by Bill
Bryson
The
Radiant Road
by Katherine Catmull (fantasy)
The
Goblin’s Puzzle
by Andrew Chilton (fantasy)
What Belongs
to You
by Garth Greenwell “the 1st great novel of 2016”
Real
Tigers
by Mick Herron (spy thriller)
We Are
the Ants
by Shaun David (science fiction)
A Song
for the Brokenhearted
by William Shaw (end of a crime trilogy)
Breaking
Wild

by Diane Les Becquets (adult thriller)
Sudden
Death
by Alvaro Enrique
In Other
Words
by Jhumpa Lahiri, trans.by Ann Goldstein (memoir)
Ways to
Disappear
by Idra Novey
My
Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir
by Chris Offutt
Wreck
and Order: A Novel
by Hannah Tennant-Moore
Some of
the Parts
by Hannah Barnaby
A
Doubter’s Almanac
by Ethan Canin
The Girl
in the Red Coat
by Kate Hamer
The
Quality of Silence
by Rosamund Lupton
Midnight
Sun

by Jo Nesbø (stand alone)
AMAZON
The
Forgetting Time: A Novel
by Sharon Guskin
The High
Mountains of Portugal: A Novel
by Yann Martel
The
Queen of the Night
by Alexander Chee
A
Doubler’s Almanac: A Novel
by Ethan Canin
The Girl
in the Red Coat
by Kate Hamer
Youngblood:
A Novel
by Matt Gallagher
Girl
through Glass: A Novel
by Sari Wilson
The
Ramblers: A Novel
by Aiden Donnelly Rowley
The Yid:
A Novel
by Paul Goldberg
Be Frank
with Me: A Novel
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Under
the Influence: A Novel
by Joyce Maynard
The
Opposite of Everyone: A Novel
by Joshilyn Jackson
Green
Island: A Novel
by Shawna Yang Ryan
Private
Citizens: A Novel
by Tony Tulahimutte
Black
Rabbit Hall
by Eva Chase
The
Golden Son: A Novel
by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Where My
Heart Used to Beat: A Novel
by Sebastian Faulks
The
Arrangement
by Ashley Warlick
Hide by
Matthew Griffin
BIOGRAPHY
AND MEMOIR
In Other
Words
by Jhumpa Lahiri, trans. by Ann Goldstein
On My
Own

by Diane Rehm
A Mother’s
Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
by Sue Klebold, Andrew
Soloman
The
Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School
by Ed
Boland
My
Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir
by Chris Offutt
Walking
the Nile
by Levison Wood
The
Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights
by Gail
Lumet Buckley
Blood
Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcom
X by
Randy Roberts
Wild by
Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot
by
Sarah Marquis
Sunny’s
Nights: Lost and Found at a Bar on the Edge of the World
by Tom
Sultan
MYSTERY
AND THRILLER
The Ex:
A Novel
by Alafair Burke
The Girl
in the Red Coat
by Kate Hamer
The God’s
Eye View
by Barry Eisler
Shaker:
A Novel
by Scott Frank
Keep
Calm: A Thriller
by Mike Bender
Arcadia:
A Novel
by Iain Pears
Where My
Heart Used to Beat: A Novel
by Sebastian Faulks
Perfect
Days: A Novel
by Raphael Montes
The Good
Liar: A Novel
by Nicholas Searle
The
Poison Artist
by Jonathan Moore
THE
INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS
Descent by Tim
Johnston
My Name
is Lucy Barton
by Elizabeth Strout
The
Swans of Fifth Avenue
by Melanie Benjamin
All the
Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders
The
Queen of the Night
by Alexander Chee
Dictator by
Robert Harris
The High
Mountains of Portugal
by Yann Martel
The
Guest Room
by ChrisBohjalian
Opening
Belle
by Maureen Sherry
The
Danish Girl
by David Ebershoff
The Door by Magda
Szabo
What
Belongs to You
by Garth Greenwell
Compiled by Nancy Brisson