Books in the News - 6/16/13

The Ocean at the End of the LaneMiss the local papers this weekend, but can't miss the books being reviewed?  RCL Undercover is here to help!

In the Star Tribune Books section, we have:

Rod: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart - A personal portrait by the legendary singer recounts his life on and off the stage, from his humble British roots and his riotous years on tour with The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces to his three marriages and his decades as a solo performer.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for the Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown - Tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.  SIDE NOTE:  If you haven't read Brown's Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894, you really should.  It's a wonderfully written, well-researched and deeply personal book that is also unbelievably absorbing and amazingly vivid.  Excellent summer reading!

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker - Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.

The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag - Minneapolis investigators Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska find themselves in pursuit of a serial killer whose latest victim is a bullied adolescent who desperately sought a normal life.Italian Ways

Siege 13: Stories by Tamas Dobozy - Built around the events of the Soviet Budapest Offensive at the end of World War II and its long shadow, the stories in Siege 13 are full of wit, irony, and dark humor. In a series of linked stories that alternate between the siege itself and a contemporary community of Hungarian emigrés who find refuge in the West, Dobozy utilizes a touch of deadpan humor and a deep sense of humanity to extoll the horrors and absurdity of ordinary people caught in the crosshairs of brutal conflict and its silent aftermath.

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo by Tim Parks - In his first Italian travelogue in a decade, he delivers a charming and funny portrait of Italian ways by riding its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and right down to the heel of Italy.

The Pioneer Press devoted most of its Sunday Life section (including the book space) to a feature on Top Graduates (Congrats, graduates!).  Alas, no books for us this week.

Happy reading!

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