Apr 08, 2013
It's spring! And books are in the air--and in our local newspapers. Here's the scoop!
At the Pioneer Press, the focus was on authors making local appearances:
Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction by Christopher Kennedy Lawford - More than 100 of the world's top experts interviewed by Lawford share their research and wisdom on how to determine if your bad habit is becoming a dependency through self-assessments and symptom lists and how to determine which treatments will work best for you.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann - A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.
Isabella: Star of the Story by Jennifer Fosberry - While visiting the library, a purple-haired girl who loves books pretends to be her favorite children's book characters.
Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure - The story of a feral boy who was found naked digging in the leaves of the woods in southern France in 1798, whose journey ultimately took him to Paris after he was taken in by villagers.
and one more:
Ten White Geese by Gerbrand Bakker (translated by David Colmer) - A woman rents a remote farm in rural Wales. She says her name is Emilie. An Emily Dickinson scholar, she has fled Amsterdam, having just confessed to an affair. On the farm she finds ten geese. One by one they disappear. Who is this woman? Will her husband manage to find her? The young man who stays the night: why won’t he leave? And the vanishing geese?
And at the Star Tribune Books section:
We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down by Rachael Hanel - This book presents the unique, moving perspective of a gravedigger's daughter and her lifelong relationship with death.
How to Create the Perfect Wife by Wendy Moore - Wendy Moore's exploration of British writer Thomas Day's mission to groom his ideal mate captures the radicalism--and deep contradictions-- at the heart of the Enlightenment.
Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg - In this superb new novel by the beloved New York Times bestselling author, four women venture into their pasts in order to shape their futures, fates, and fortunes.
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - A dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships. The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed.
The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon - Beginning in Sarajevo, and moving to Chicago, this is not really a memoir--Hemon's first book of nonfiction defies convention and expectation. It is a love song to two different cities; it is a paean to the bonds of family; it is an exhortation to go out and play soccer--and not for the exercise.
Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson by Blake Bailey - The fascinating biography of the author of The Lost Weekend--a writer whose life and work encapsulated what it meant to be an addict and a closeted gay man in mid-century America, and who is ripe to be rediscovered.
Happy requesting and reading!