July 2018 Book List

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July 2018 Book List

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

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Literature and Fiction

What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan

Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce *

A Terrible Country: A Novel by Keith Gessen

The Mere Wife: A Novel by Maria Dahvana Headley

Clock Dance: A Novel by Anne Tyler *

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottesa Moshfegh *

America for Beginners by Leah Franqui

All We Ever Wanted: A Novel by Jordy Rosenberg

Mysteries and Thrillers

Baby’s  First Felony by John Straley

Safe Houses: A Novel by Dan Fesperman

The Ruin: A Novel by Dervla McTiernan

Hangman: A Novel by Daniel Cole

Baby Teeth: A Novel by Zoje Stage

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

The Other Woman by Daniel Silva

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery  by Andrew Shaffer

The Last Time I Lied: A Novel by Riley Sager

Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe

Believe Me: A Novel by J P Delaney

Biographies and Memoirs

A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety by Donald Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nonfiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York Times Book Review

June 3rd

Fiction

The Outsider by Stephen King

First Person by Richard Flanagan

The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley

A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza

Do This For Me by Raney Moore

The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan

The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen

Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen

Circe by Madeline Miller

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain *

How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson

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

He by John Connolly

Madness is Better Than Defeat by Ned Beauman

The Life List of Adrian Mandrich by Chris White

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison

Nonfiction

Pops by Michael Chabon (essays) *

Inseparable by Yunte Huang

Robin by Dave Itzkoff

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

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

All the Answers by Michael Kupperman

Flash by Christopher Bonanos

To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine

Chefs, Drugs and Rock and Roll by Andrew Friedman

Renaissance Woman by Ramie Targoff

Daughters of the Winter Queen by Nancy Goldstone

Patriot Number One by Lauren Hilgers

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

Adventures of a Young Naturalist by David Allen Attenborough

Bernice Abbott: A Life in Photography by Julia Van Haaften

The Wondrous Life of the Library by Stuart Kells

The Rise and Fall of the Dinaosaurs by Steve Brusatte

The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson

The Mirage Factory by Gary Krist

A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth

June 10th

Crime Fiction

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly

Exit Strategy by Charlton Pettus

Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea

The Fens (An Abby Endicott Mystery) by Pamela Wechsler

Fiction

Companions by Christina Hesselholdt (Danish)

Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto (Mozambique)

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje *

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

Nonfiction

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

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

The Efficiency Paradox by Edward Tenner

Jimmy Carter: The White House Years by Stuart Eizenstat

Edge of Chaos by Dambisa Moyo

There Are No Grown-Ups by Pamela Druckerman

The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey

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

The China Mission by Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

Struggles of Motherhood

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger

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

June 17th

Fiction

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Kudos by Rachel Cusk

Nonfiction

And Then We Danced by Henry Alford

Celestial Bodies by Laura Jacobs

Frenemies by Ken Auletta

Reporter by Samuel M Hersh

The Girl from Kathmandu by Cam Simpson

Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Prodigal Tongue: The Love Hate by Lynne Murphy

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Our Towns by James and Deborah Fallows *

The Perfectionists by Simon Winchester

The Death of Democracy by Benjamin Carter Hett

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

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

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

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

June 24th

Fiction

Crime

Bearskin by James A McLaughlin

The Dante Chamber by Matthew Pearl

A Taste for Vengeance by Martin Walker

There There by Tommy Orange

84K by Claire North (Sci Fi)

So Lucky by Nicola Griffith

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Bandwidth by Eliot Peper

The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

A View of the Empire at Sunset by Caryl Phillips

Nonfiction

Why “To Kill a Mockingbird” Matters by Tom Santopietro

Energy: A Human History by Richard Rhodes

The Moralist by Patricia O’Toole

Atticus Finch: The Biography by Joseph Crespino

Asperger’s Children by Edith Sheffer

Queer City by Peter Ackroyd

The Fair Chase by Philip Dray

July 1st

Fiction

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau

Upstate by James Wood

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye

Nonfiction

The Perfect Weapon by David E Sanger

Bull…. Jobs by David Graeber

The League of Kindness by Christie Walson

Damnation Island by Stacy Horn

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman

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

This Little Art by Kate Briggs

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

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

Publisher’s Weekly Tip Sheet

June 4th

Lagos Noir by Chris Abani (anthology)

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

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (F)

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

Of Marriage by Nicole Cooley (anthology)

Kudos by Rachel Cusk (F)

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

Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour M Hersh (Memoir)

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (Memoir)

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

There There by Tommy Orange (F)

How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson (F)

Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly (Biography)

Sweet and Low by Nick White (Short Stories)

June 15th

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

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

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

A Stitch in Time by Daphne Kalmar (YA)

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Pi (F)

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

The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty (F)

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

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

The Anomaly by Michael Rutger (F)

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

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis (F)

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

June 22nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand (YA)

Liar, Liar by Lisa Jackson (F)

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Fantasy)

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

July 2nd

The Moment Before Drowning by James Brydon (F)

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

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

Zen and Gone by Emily France (YA)

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

Idiophone: An Essay by Amy Fusselman (Essay)

Retribution by Steffen Jacobsen (Thriller)

Rip the Angels from Heaven by David Krugler (Thriller)

Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pearce (F)

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

 

 

 

 

 

June 2018 Book List

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

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Literature and Fiction

Kudos: A Novel(Outline Trilogy) by Rachel Cusk

Invitation to a Bonfireby Adrienne Colt

Us Against You: A Novelby Fredrik Backman

When Life Gives You Lululemonsby Lauren Weisberger

A Place for Us: A Novelby Fatima Farheen Mirza

Treebone: A Novelby Caleb Johnson

Harry’s Trees: A Novelby Jon Cohen

There There: An NovelbyTommy Orange

Convenience Store Womanby Sayuka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori

Mystery and Thrillers

Bearskin: A Novelby James A. McLaughlin

The Anomalyby Michael Rutger

London Rules (Slough House) by Mike Herron

Lying in Wait: A Novelby Liz Nugent

Invitation to a Bonfireby Adrienne Colt

The Perfect Coupleby Elin Hilderbrand

The Book of M: A Novelby Peng Shepherd

The Word is Murder: A Novelby Anthony Horowitz

Still Lives: A Novelby Maria Hummel

Social Creature: A Novelby Tara Isabella Burton

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

Who is Vera Kelly?By Rosalie Knecht

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Storm Glass (The Harbinger Series)by Jeff Wheeler

Witchmarkby C. L. Polk

Bring Me Their Heartsby Sara Wolf

The Robots of Gothamby Todd McAulty

The Book of M: A Novel by Peng Shepherd

Biographies and Memoirs

Calypso by David Sedaris (Essays)

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

Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

by Jamie Bernstein

Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famousby Christopher Bonanos

Somebody I Used to Know: A Memoirby Wendy Mitchell

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

To Throw Away Unopened: A Memoirby Viv Albertine

Reporterby Seymour M. Hersch

Room to Dreamby David Lynch, Kristine McKenna

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

Nonfiction

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

Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Businessby Ken Auletta

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

Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Awryby Sabine Hossenfelder

How Democracy Endsby David Runciman

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

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

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

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

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

The New York Time Book Review

May 6

Crime

Twisted Preyby John Sanford

The Way I Dieby Derek Haas

A Death of No Importanceby Mariah Fredericks

The Fleur De Sel Murdersby Jean Luc Bannalec

Parking Lot Attendantby Nafkote Tamirat

Varinaby Charles Frazier

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollingshurst

3 Sparkling Debuts

Laura and Emmaby Kate Greathead

The House of Impossible Beautiesby Joseph Cassara

Self-Portrait with Boyby Rachel Lyon

Nonfiction

Dancing Bearsby Withold Szblowski

Chasing Hillaryby Amy Chozick

Beneath a Ruthless Sunby Gilbert King

Broadwayby Fran Leadon

Automating Inequalityby Virginia Eubanks

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

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

The Women’s Hourby Elaine Weiss

May 13

Fiction

The Mars Roomby Rachel Kushner

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

Feast Daysby Ian MacKenzie

Trenton Makesby Tadzio Koelb (Short Stories)

The Gunnersby Rebecca Kauffman

Momento Parkby Mark Sarvas

Every Other Weekendby Zulema Renee Summerfield

Nonfiction

Road to Unfreedomby Timothy Snyder

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

The Wife’s Taleby Aida Edemariam

Battleship Yamatoby Jan Morris

The Island that Disappearedby Tom Feiling

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

What is Real?by Adam Becker

White Extremism

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

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

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

May 20

Fiction

Motherhoodby Sheila Heti

White Housesby Amy Bloom

Undiscovered Countryby Kelly O’Conner McNees

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

Nonfiction

Things that Make White People Uncomfortableby Michael Bennett, Dave Zirin

Fascism: A Warningby Madeleine Albright

Misèreby Linda Nochlin (Art)

Into the Raging Seaby Rachel Slade

Assault on Intelligenceby Michael Hayden

See What Can Be Done: Essaysby Lorrie Moore

Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?by Robert Kuttner

Faithby Jimmy Carter

The Burning Shoresby Frederic Webrey

The Girl Who Smiled Beadsby Clemantine Wamariya

It’s Time to Fight Dirtyby David Faris

Not Enoughby Samuel Moyn

And Now We Have Everythingby Meaghan O’Connell

Like Brothersby Jay and Mark Duplass (filmmakers)

The Order of Timeby Carlo Rovelli as read by Benedict Cumberbatch

May 27

Fiction

All For Nothingby Walter Kempowski

Country Darkby Chris Offutts

The Optimistic Decade by Heather Abel

Nonfiction

Calypsoby David Sedaris (essays)

Insaneby Alisa Roth (mentally ill in prison)

The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine

War on Peaceby Ronan Farrow

Live Work Work Work Dieby Corey Pein

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

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

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

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

Fighting Wars

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

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

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

The Boer War(Seven Stories) by Martin Bossenbrock

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

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

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

June 3

Fiction

The Outsiderby Stephen King

Circeby Madeline Miller

First Person by Robert Flanagan

Love and Ruinby Paula McLain

The Judge Hunterby Christopher Buckley

How Hard Can It Be?By Allison Pearson

A Place for Usby Fatima Farheen Mirza

Do This For Meby Raney Moore

What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlawby Leah Stewart

My Ex Lifeby Stephen McCauley

The Dead Houseby Billy O’Callaghan

Heby John Connolly

The Glitchby Elisabeth Cohen

Sophia of Silicon Valleyby Anna Yen

Madness is Better than Defeatby Ned Beauman

The Life List of Adrian Mandrickby Chris White

Lawn Boyby Jonathan Evison

Nonfiction

Popsby Michael Chabon (essays)

Robinby Dave Itzhoff

Inseparableby Yunte Huang

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

Publisher’s Weekly

May 7

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

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

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

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

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

Warlightby Michael Ondaatje (F)

Junkby Tommy Pico (Book Length Poem) (Poetry) (F)

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

Indecencyby Justin Phillip Reed (NF)

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

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

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

May 11

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

Pops: Fatherhood Pieces by Michael Chabon (essays)

The Ensembleby Aja Gabel (F)

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

The Favorite Sisterby Jessica Knoll (F)

How It Happenedby Michael Koryta (F)

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

The Lives of the Surrealistsby Desmond Morris (NF)

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

May 18

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

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

The Summer I Met Jackby Michelle Gable (F)

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

The Devil’s Half Mileby Paddy Hirsch (F)

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

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

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

May 25

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

Broken Places: A Chicago Mysteryby Tracy Clark (F)

Some Trickby Helen DeWitt (F)

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

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

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

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

Somnambulanceby Fiona Smyth (F)

The Freeze-Frame Revolutionby Peter Watts (F)

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

June 1

Lagos Noiredited by Chris Abani (Short stories)

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

Social Creatureby Tara Isabella Burton (F)

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

Kudosby Rachel Cusk (F)

Rough Animalsby Rae Del Bianco (F)

Reporter: A Memoirby Seymour M Hersh (Memoir)

The Word is Murderby Anthony Horowitz (F)

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

There Thereby Tommy Orange (F)

How Hard Can It Beby Allison Pearson (F)

Bruce Lee: A Lifeby Matthew Polly (NF)

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

 

March 2018 Book List

March 2018 Book List

 

This month we find a long list of topics covered by authors of newly released books. In this March 2018 book list there is sure to be something here for everyone: Physics, the 60’s, Virtual Reality, Romance, China, Paris, Food,  Sex Toys, Justice Marshall, Eisenhower, Hippies and Food, Kids these days, Kennedy women, Doctor books, Factories, Seppuku, Racism and much more including a perennial favorite, crime fiction. Happy reading. If we could only inject books directly into our brain – although, as with everything, there would be disadvantages I’m sure.

Amazon

Literature and Fiction

 

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

The Sparshot Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

Gun Love: A Novel by Jennifer Clement

The Italian Teacher: A Novel by Tom Rachman

The Adulterants by Joe Dunthome

Trenton Makes: A Novel by Tadzio Zoelb

Laura and Emma by Kate Greathead

Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel by Shobha Rao

Whiskey and Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel by Taylor Brown

The Cloister: A Novel by James Carroll

 

Biographies and Memoirs

 

Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage by Brian Castner

Twentieth Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies by Duncan Hannah

Just the Funny Parts…and a Few Hard Facts about Sneaking into the Hollywood Boy’s Club by Nell Scovell

Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson

Patriot Number One American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers

Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Life, and the Fight for Trans Equality by Sarah McBride, Joe Biden

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Intro), Patton Oswalt (Afterword

Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950’s by William I. Hitchcock

A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle by Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith

 

Mysteries and Thrillers

 

Crimson Lake: A Novel by Candice Fox

The Flight Attendant: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

High White Sun by J. Todd Scott

Bone Music (The Burning Girl Series) by Christopher Rice

The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George

Chicago: A Novel by David Mamet

The Temptation of Forgiveness: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon

Green Sun by Kent Anderson

 

Nonfiction

 

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

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

The Last Wild Man of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure by Carl Hoffman

Walking the Americas: !800 Miles, Eight Countries and One Incredible Journey from Mexico to Columbia by Levison Wood

Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 by Ryan H Walsh

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker

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

Atom Land: A Guided Tour through the Strange (and Impossibly Small) World of Particle Physics by Jon Butterworth

The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons from the Saw Tooth Pack by Jim Dutcher, Jamie Dutcher

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

The Coincidence Makers: A Novel by Yoav Blum

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

The Wonder Engine: Clocktaur War Book 2 by T. Kingfisher

Children of Blood and Bones (Legacy of Orïsha) by Tomi Adeyemi

The Warrior Within by Angus McIntyre

Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon

High Voltage (Fever) by Karen Marie Moning

Burn Bright (Alpha and Omega) by Patricia Briggs

Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

Lake Silence (The World of the Others) by Anne Bishop

 

New York Times Book Review

Feb. 4th

Fiction

 

In Every Moment We Are Alive by Tom Malmquist

Munich by Robert Harris

The Afterlives by Thomas Pierce

Little Reunions by Eileen Chang

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

 

Crime Novels

 

The Gatekeeper by Charles Todd

The Wanted by Robert Crais

Mephisto Waltz by Frank Tallis

The Undertaker’s Daughter by Sara Blaedel

 

Nonfiction

 

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier

Experience on Demand: What Virtual Reality Is, How it Works, and What it Can Do by Jeremy Bailenson

The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann

The Road to Sleeping Dragon by Michael Meyer

Nine Continents by Xiaolu Guo

To Fight Against This Age by Rob Riemen

The Saboteur by Paul Kix

L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home by David Lebovitz

A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food by David Downie

Eating Eternity: Food, Art, and Literature in France by John Baxter

 

Feb. 11th (for Valentine’s Day)

Fiction

 

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Endless Summer by Madame Nielsen

Some Hell by Patrick Nathan

Straying by Molly McCloskey

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

The Art of Vanishing by Laura Smith

My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari

Our Lady of the Prairie by Thisbe Nissen

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

 

Romances

 

Devil in Tartan by Julia London

One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Promise Not to Tell by Judith Krentz

Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

 

Nonfiction

 

The Kiss by Brian Turner

Getting Off by Erica Garza

Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy By Hallie Lieberman

Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure by Lynn Comella

 

Feb. 18th

Fiction

 

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

In Black and White by Junichiro Tanizaki

 

Crime Fiction

 

Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

The Unforgotten by Laura Powell

The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch

The Policeman’s Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce

 

Nonfiction

 

Directorate S by Steve Loll

Hippie Food by Jonathan Kauffman

Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millenials by Malcolm Harris

The Selfie Generation: How Our Self Images are Changing Our Nation’s Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture by Alicia Eles

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebelious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood by Jean M. Twenge

The Ukranian Night by Marci Shore

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, intro by Gillian Flynn, afterword by Patton Oswalt

 

Feb. 25th

Nonfiction

 

Time Pieces by John Banville

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Up, Up, Down, Down by Cheston Knapp

Smoketown by Mark Whitaker

Jackie, Janet, and Lee by J. Randy Taraborrelli

The New Negro by Jeffrey C.Stewart

The Real Life of the Parthenon by Patricia Vigderman

 

Fiction

 

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Oprah’s Book Club Pick)

The Boat People by Sharon Bala

A Beautiful Woman by Juliàn López

A Girl in Exile by Ishmail Kadare

 

Domestic Thrillers

 

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

 

Mar. 2nd

 

Nonfiction

 

Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

Eat the Apple by Matt Young

Political Tribes by Amy Chua

It’s Better Than It Looks by Gregg Easterbrook

The Rub of Time by Martin Amis

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

Happiness is a Choice You Make by John Leland

Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story by Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta

In Shock: My Journey From Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope by Rana Awdish

The Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem by Elisha Waldman

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir by Irvin D Yalom

 

Fiction

 

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

The Invention of Ana by Mikkel Rosengaard

Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby

Daphne by Will Boast

 

Crime Fiction

 

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

The Plea by Steve Cavanagh

The Day She Disappeared by Christobel Kent

 

Publisher’s Weekly

Feb 16th

 

Napa at Last Light: America’s Eden in an Age of Calamity by James Conaway

I’ll Stay by Karen Day

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

Without Precedent: Chief Justice Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul

What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

 

Feb 26th

 

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

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A Good Day for Seppuku by Kate Braverman

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World by Joshua B. Freeman

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

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Silver Girl: A Novel by Leslie Pietrzyk

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler

Eat the Apple: A Memoir by Matt Young

 

Mar 2nd

 

The Poet X: A Novel by Elizabeth Acevebo

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Census: A Novel by Jesse Ball

A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir by Ian Buruma

In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira

The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty by Mary Hollingsworth

Speak No Evil: A Novel by Uzodinma Iweala

The Infernal Library: On Dictators, The Books they Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy by Daniel Kalder

The Sandman: A Joona Linna Novel by Lars Kepler

The Escape Artist: A Thriller by Brad Meltzer

3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z and Hip Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise by Zack O’Malley

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2018 Book List

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

 

Publisher’s Weekly

 

Jan. 8

The Immortalists: A Novel by Chloe Benjamin

Green: A Novel by Sam Graham-Felsen

Gnomen: A Novel Nick Harkaway

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

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

Red Sky at Noon: A Novel by Simon Sebag Montefiore

A State of Freedom: A Novel by Neel Mukherjee

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke (YA)

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

Walking the Bones: A Ryan DeMarco Mystery by Randall Silvis

The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith

1917: War, Peace, and Revolution by David Stevenson

 

Jan. 22

 

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

Peach: A Novel by Emma Glass

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

The Other Side of Everything by Lauren Doyle Owens

Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel by Sarah Vaughan

 

Jan. 29

 

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

This is What Happened (Novel) by Mick Herron

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

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

The Invention of Ana: A Novel by Mikkel Rosengaard

The Book of the Dead by Muriel Rukeyser (Poems)

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

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

 

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

 

Fiction

 

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Circe by Madeline Miller

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

 

Mystery, Thriller, Crime

 

Green Sun by Kent Anderson

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

 

Science Fiction

 

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller (YA)

The Merry Spinster by Mallory Ortberg

Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente

Witchmark by CL Polk

 

Memoirs

 

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

Brave by Rose McGowan

Eat the Apple by Matt Young

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

 

Literary Essays (Criticism)/ Biography

 

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee

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

 

History

 

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

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

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

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

 

Political/Current Events

 

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

Fascism: A Warning by Madeline Albright

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

 

New York Times Book Review

 

Jan. 7th

 

Crime

 

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke

Beau Death by Peter Lovesey

The Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page

Dead Man’s Blues by Ray Celestin

 

Fiction

 

Three Floors Up by Eshkol Neva (Israeli)

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

The King is Always Above the People by Daniel Marcón

The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst

 

Continental Fiction

 

How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas

Yiza by Michael Köhlmeier, Trans by Ruth Martin

Lea by Pascal Mercier, Trans by Shaun Whiteside

Uncertain Glory by Joan Sales, Trans by Peter Bush

 

Nonfiction

 

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

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

Texas Blood by Roger D. Hodges

Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler

Seduced by Mrs. Robinson by Beverly Gray

Playing with Fire by Lawrence O’Donnell

Enemies and Neighbors by Ian Black

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

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

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

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

The Side of Brightness by Colum McCann

 

Jan. 14th

 

Fiction

 

The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar

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

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

Nonfiction

 

Craeft by Alexander Langlands

The Road Not Taken by Max Boot

The Bughouse by Daniel Swift

Supernormal by Meg Jay

Late Essays by J M Coetzee

The Thin Light of Freedom by Edward L. Ayers

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

Renoir: An Intimate Biography by Barbara Ehrlich White

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

 

Jan. 21st

 

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Green by Sam Graham-Felsen

King Zeno by Nathaniel Rich

Winter by Ali Smith

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien

State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee

 

Crime

 

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry

Lullaby Road by James Anderson

A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

 

Books in Translation

 

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

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

Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki, Trans by Polly Barton

Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa, Trans by Nicky Harman

 

Nonfiction

 

Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Trans by Ingvild Burkey

The Last Girl by Nadia Murad

The Years by Annie Ernaux, Trans by Alison L Strayer

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

 

Jan 28th

 

Fiction

 

The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi

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

Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia

The Mannequin Makers by Craig Cliff

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

London and the South-East by David Szalay

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

 

Nonfiction

 

Trumpocracy by David Frum

The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe

Show Medicine by Victoria Sweet

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

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

The Meaning of Birds by Simon Barnes

Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds by Bernd Brunner

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

 

Bipolar Disorder

 

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

The Glass Eye: A Memoir by Jeannie Venasco

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

 

Amazon

 

Literature and Fiction

 

The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez

A Long Way From Home: A Novel by Peter Carey

Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth

Asymmetry: A Novel by Lisa Halliday

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

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Chicago: A Novel by David Mamet

An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones

The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah

Still Me: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

White Houses: A Novel by Amy Bloom

 

Mystery and Thrillers

 

Force of Nature: A Novel by Jane Harper

The Deceivers (A John Wells Novel) by Alex Berenson

A Dangerous Crossing: A Novel by Ausma Zehanet Khan

The Plea: A Novel by Steve Cavanagh

Girl Unknown: A Novel by Karen Perry

The Kremlin’s Candidate: A Novel by Jason Matthews

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

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

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

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

 

Biographies and Memoirs

 

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

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

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

Limits of the Known by David Roberts

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

Brave by Rose McGowan

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

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall by Joel Richard Paul

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

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

 

Nonfiction

 

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

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

What Are We Doing Here?: Essays by Marilynne Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith

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

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

The Philosopher’s Flight: A Novel by Tom Miller

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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

Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon

Fire and Bone by Rachael A Marks (the occult)

Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira

 

 

 

 

 

March 2017 Book List

From a Google Image Search

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

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

Publisher’s Weekly

Feb. 6th

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

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

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

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (NF)

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

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

Make Yourself Happy by Elini Sikelianos (NF)

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

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

Feb. 13th

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble

In Full Velvet by Jenny Johnson

We are Okay by Nina LaCour

Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma by Larry Millett

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

The Last Night at Tremore Beach by Mikei Santiago

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt

The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Incendiary Art by Patricia Smith (NF)

The American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Feb. 20th

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

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

Spook Street: A Novel by Mick Herron

Running: A Novel by Cara Hoffman

Rusty Puppy: A Novel by Joe Lansdale

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

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

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

Feb 27th

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

The Invention of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon (Bio)

Alpine Apprentice: A Memoir by Sarah Gorham

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

Daughter of the Pirate King: A Novel by Tricia Levenseller

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

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

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

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

The Hate U Give: A Novel by Angie Thomas

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

Velocity by Chris Wooding (YA Apocalyptic novel)

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

March 6th

Taduno’s Song: A Novel by Odale Alogiun

The Price of Illusion: A Memoir by Joan Juliet Buck

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Memoir)

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Lenin’s Roller Coaster by Daniel Downing

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hornett

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

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

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

The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico

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

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

Goodbye Days: A Novel by Jeff Zentner (YA)

March 13th

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayeri

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

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

Mikhail and Margarita by Julie Lekstrom Himes

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Himself by Jess Kidd Atria

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

The Family Gene by Joselin Linder (NF)

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper

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

March 20th

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

Lola: A Novel by Melissa Scrivner

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

Find Me by J S Monro

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

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

The Exploded View by Ivan Vladislavic (F)

The New York Times Book Review

Feb. 3rd

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

The New Brooklyn by Kay Hymowitz (NF)

Disaster Falls by Stéphane Gerson (NF)

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

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

Fiction

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

The Men in My Life by Patricia Bosworth (NF)

The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Rather Be Devil by Ian Rankin

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman

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

Books Recommended this Week

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

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

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

The Crossing by Andrew Miller (F)

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov (F)

Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir by Sheila Kohler

Feb. 12th

Fiction

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Night of Fire by Colin Thubron

The Evening Road by Haird Hunt

On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman

Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Nonfiction

Why Time Flies by Alan Burdick

Six Encounters with Lincoln by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

(Middle East)

The Attack by Loic Daewillier

The Arab of the Future 2 by Riad Sattouf

Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B Tyson

Generation Revolution by Rachel Aspden

The Genius of Judaism by Bernard-Henri Lévy

Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar

Feb. 19th

Fiction

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Dibble

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates

The Dance of Jakaranda by Peter Kimani

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Autumn by Ali Smith

Fiction in Translation

Dance on the Volcano by Marie Vieux Chauvet

The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen

The Ninety-Ninth Floor by Jan Fawaz Elhassan

The Great and the Good by Michel Déon

Nonfiction

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

Age of Anger by Pankaj Mishra

Two about Silicon Valley

Valley of the Gods by Alexander Wolfe

The Kingdom of Happiness by Aimee Groth

At Utmost: A Devotional Memoir by Macy Halford

Cannibalism by Bill Schutt

Best and Latest Crime Fiction

Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

Racing the Devil by Charles Todd

Snowblind by Ragnar Janasson

Walk Away by Sam Hawken

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

Feb. 26th

Fiction

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

The School Days of Jesus by J M Coetze

The One Inside by Sam Shepard

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Journeyman by Marc Bojanowski

Nonfiction

Caught in the Revolution by Helen Rappaport

Pretending is Lying by Dominique Goblet

How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

All the Lives I Want by Alana Massey

Testosterone Rex by Cordelia Fine

When Police Kill by Frank Zimring

Unwarranted by Barry Friedman

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

March 3rd

Fiction

A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman

The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky

The World to Come by Jim Shepard

Argentine Fiction

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Savage Theories by Pola Oloixarae

Nonfiction

We’ll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg

High Noon by Glenn Frankel

Flaneuse by Lauren Elkin

Pontius Pilate: Deciphering a Memory by Aldo Schiavone

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast by Megan Marshall

Food Fights and Culture Wars by Tom Nealon

Reality is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli

The Islamic Jesus by Mustafa Akyol

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

The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

Stalin and the Scientists by Simon Ings

Best and Latest Crime Fiction

What You Don’t Know by Jo Ann Chaney

I See You by Clare Macintosh

The Dime by Betty (Riz) Rhyzyk

Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James

March 12th

Fiction

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Before the War by Fay Weldon

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Nonfiction

Lower Ed by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Insomniac City by Bill Hayes

Can’t Just Stop by Sharon Bagley

Convergence by Peter Watson

Divided We Stand by Marjorie J Spruill

The Brain Defense by Kevin Davis

The Gestapo by Frank McDonough

Abandon Me by Melissa Febo

Amazon

Best Books of March

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

White Tears: A Novel by Hari Kunzru

The Night Ocean: A Novel by Paul La Farge

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

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

All Grown Up: A Novel by Jami Attenberg

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

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

Literature and Fiction

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

Our Short History: A Novel by Lauren Grodstein

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

White Tears by Hari Kunzru

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

The One-Eyed Man by Jr. Ron Currie

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Edgar and Lacy by Victor Lodato

Celine by Peter Heller

Eggshells by Caitriona Lally

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel

The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

Bright Air Black by David Vann

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Mysteries and Thrillers

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

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Celine by Peter Heller

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

The Twelve Lies of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry

Biographies and Memoirs

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

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

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

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

The Price of Illusion: A Memoir by Joan Juliet Buck

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

Grace Notes: My Recollections by Katey Segal

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life by Ray Connolly

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

Science Fiction and Fantasy

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson