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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