April 2018 Book List

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It’s spring although it won’t stop snowing, but more time to read before the garden demands attention. This book list seems a bit smaller than usual and, of course, there are titles that call out to me. Keep writing all our authors and we will keep reading. When it finally warms up take a book to the park.

Amazon

 

Literature and Fiction

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell: A Novel by Robert Dugoni

Ecstasy: A Novel by Mary Sharratt

Lawn Boy: A Novel by Jonathan Evison

Varina: A Novel by Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain)

The Only Story: A Novel by Julian Barnes

The Female Persuasion: A Novel by Meg Wolitzer

The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers

Circe by Madeline Miller

Mysteries and Thrillers

Greeks Bearing Gifts (A Bernice Gunther Novel) by Philip Kerr

The Oracle Year: A Novel by Charles Soule

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

To Die But Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

Warning Light by David Ricciardi

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper

Tangerine: A Novel by Christine Mangan

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Shattered Mirror: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen

The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes

Science Fiction and Fantasy

One Way by S J Morden

Head On by John Scalzi

Before Mars (A Planetfall Novel) by Emma Newman

Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente

Nonfiction

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson

The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us by Lucy Jones

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich

Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley

Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor by Brian Keating

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara K Lipska PhD, Elaine McArdle

The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes The Mind by Michael S Gazzaniga

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C Clark and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael Benson

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

The Truth about Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos and other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke

Biographies and Memoirs

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clementine Wamariya, Elizabeth Well

Creative Quest by Questlove

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian

You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession by Piper Weiss

The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table by Rick Bragg

My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras by Brantley Hargrove

Maker of Patterns: An Autobiography through Letters by Freeman Dyson

Swell: A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening by Liz Clark, Daniella Manini

 

The New York Times Book Review

 

March 11

Nonfiction

Behemoth by Joshua B Freeman

A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong

Rise and Kill by Ronen Bergman

Fair Shot by Chris Hughes

We the Corporations by Adam Winkler

What Are We Doing Here? (essays) by Marilynne Robinson

Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday

Fiction

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Eternal Life by Dara Horn

Brass by Xhenet Aliu

YA Crossover

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

March 18th

Can Donald Trump by Impeached?

Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide by Cass R. Sunstein

Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America by Cass R Sunstein

Nonfiction

Secrets We Kept by Krystal Sital

Sabers and Utopia: Visions of Latin America by Marco Vargas Llosa

The Neighborhood by Marco Vargas Llosa

Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures by Roma Agrawal

It’s Even Worse Than You Think by David Cay Johnston

A Tokyo Romance (memoir) by Ian Buruma

Victorians Undone by Kathryn Hughes

The Stowaway by Laurie Gwen Shapiro

My Father’s Wake (memoir) by Keven Tooles

Language

Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language by Emma Byrne

How We Talk: The Inner Workings of Conversation by N J Enfield

How Language Began: The Story of Humanity’s Greatest Invention by Daniel I Everett

Crime Fiction

The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

The Big Get-Even by Paul Di Filippo

Fiction

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey

The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook

The Driest Season by Meghan Kenny

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

March 25th

Fiction

Mrs. By Caitlin Macy

Nonfiction

Stealing the Show by Joy Press

A Lab of One’s Own by Patricia Fara

Broadband by Claire L Evans

Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu

Text Me When You Get Home by Joanne Lipman

Brave by Rose McGowan

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride

Biotopia by Emily Chang

Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri

Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman

April 1

Fiction

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

Child Sleuths and Child Victims

The Knowledge by Richard Jury

The Disappeared by C J Box

To Die But Once (Maisie Dobbs) by Jacqueline Winspear

Jack Rabbit Smile by Joe R Lansdale

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi (Iranian)

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

Nonfiction

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington

The Return of Marco Polo’s World by Robert D. Kaplan

Victorious Century by David Cannadine

Fatal Discord by Michael Massing

Journey into Europe by Akbar Ahmed

Water

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell

Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity by Sandra Postel

The Sources: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Rivers by Martin Doyle

 

Publisher’s Weekly

 

March 16th

What is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker (NF)

Death Comes in Through the Kitchen by Teresa Dovalpage (F)

The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor by Lone Frank (NF)

The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George

Never Remember: Searching for Stalin’s Gulags in Putin’s Russia by Masha Gessen and Misha Friedman (NF)

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers

The Gunners: A Novel by Rebecca Kauffman (F)

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X R Pan (YA)

The Italian Teacher: A Novel by Tom Rachman (F)

Aetherial Worlds by Tatyana Tolstaya trans from the Russian by Anya Migdal (Short Stories)

American Histories by John Edgar Wideman (Short Stories)

March 23rd

The Disappeared: A Joe Pickett Novel by C J Box (F)

Emergency Contact by Mary H K Choi (YA)

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (YA)

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton (NF)

Searching For Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman (essays)

The Solitary Twin by Harry Mathews (NF)

Undocumented: Immigration and Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border by John Moore (NF)

Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham by Melanie S Morrison (NF)

The Master Key by Masako Togowa trans, from the Japanese by Simon Grove (F) (1st published in 1984)

My Dead Parents by Anya Yurchyshyn (Memoir)

March 30th

What is Real: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker (NF)

Because We Are Bad: OCD and Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey (memoir)

Paris By the Book by Liam Callanan (F)

The Wolf: Under the Northern Sky: Book 1 by Leo Carew (Fantasy)

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo (F)

Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley (essays)

The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Made the Mind by Michael S Gazzaniga (NF)

The Recovering: Instruction and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison (NF)

Denmark Vesey’s Garden by Ethan and Blain Roberts (NF)

Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash (F)

Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic (F)

Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. by Stuart Wexler, Larry Hancock (NF)

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

 

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