Books in the News - 5/20/13

The Flame ThrowersDid your paper get soaked in the torrential Sunday morning rains?  And were the books pages all stuck together?  We can help!  Here are the books featured this rainy May Sunday in our local papers!

In the Pioneer Press, we have:

The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner - Her first novel, Telex from Cuba, was nominated for a National Book Award and reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. Her second novel, even more ambitious and brilliant, is the riveting story of a young artist and the worlds she encounters in New York and Rome in the mid-1970s--by turns underground, elite, and dangerous.

Growing Through the Narrow Spots by Ruth Bachman - A timeless message about the one constant in life, change. Growing Through The Narrow Spots provides a model for managing change whole-heartedly; with resilience, courage, and grace.

Class AAnd in the Star Tribune Books section:

Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann - An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton Lumber Kings but also the lives of their dedicated fans and of the town itself.

Strange Stones by Peter Hessler - An absorbing, original, and ambitious work of reportage from the acclaimed New Yorker correspondent.  Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of Peter Hessler's work.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini - In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. 

The Guns at Last LightE.B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White - In E. B. White on Dogs, his granddaughter and manager of his literary estate, Martha White, has compiled the best and funniest of his essays, poems, letters, and sketches depicting over a dozen of White's various canine companions.

The Guns at Last Light - Rick Atkinson - The magnificent conclusion to Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II. It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler.

The Woman of Porto Pim by Antonio Tabucchi - "This unclassifiable and wildly inventive book will transport readers to an isolated Azores archipelago."

Happy reading!

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