JULY 7, 2014

Book News by Vicky Eaves

With the passing of Louis Zamperini, we had another surge of demand for Unbroken (9781400064168, Random, $28.00, HC), but with the paperback now moved to the end of July (9780812974492, $16.00, PB) we are expecting just one more shot with the hardcover- hopefully they'll be here mid next week. It seems hard to believe anyone [...]

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Biography - Autobiography

Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie

Jon Ronson
(Riverhead Books, $14.95, HC, 9781594633713)

In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It's True?

Charles Seife
(Viking Books, $26.95, HC, 9780670026081)

In Virtual Unreality, Charles Seife uses the skepticism, wit, and sharp facility for analysis that captivated readers in Proofiness and Zero to take us deep into the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, fakery, and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables. Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife arms his readers with actual tools--or weapons--for discerning truth from fiction online.

Cooking & Food

The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches

Andrea Quynhgiao Nguyen
(Ten Speed Press, $16.99, HC, 9781607745334)

The Banh Mi Handbook presents more than fifty recipes and numerous insights for crafting a wide range of sandwiches, from iconic classics to modern innovations. Respected food writer Andrea Nguyen's simple, delicious recipes for flavor-packed fillings, punchy homemade condiments, and crunchy, colorful pickled vegetables bring the very best of Vietnamese street food to your kitchen.

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The Accidental Apprentice

Vikas Swarup
(Minotaur Books, $25.99, HC, 9781250045553)

A chance encounter between Sapna Sinha, a simple salesgirl in an electronics store in downtown Delhi, and Vinay Mohan Acharya, one of India's richest men, results in an unbelievable opportunity for Sapna, or so she thinks. Vikas Swarup, acclaimed author of Slumdog Millionaire and Six Suspects, returns with a compelling, suspenseful tale about the lure of money and the power of dreams. The Accidental Apprentice is international crime fiction at its most entertaining.

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Health & Fitness

Meat Is for Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names

John Joseph
(Harperwave, $24.99, HC, 9780062320322)

Think eating meat makes you macho? Think again. Punk rock icon John Joseph presents a throw-down of information, offering both personal and scientific evidence that a plant-based diet offers the best path to athleticism, strength, sexual stamina, and health. In addition to smashing the myths surrounding meat, Joseph offers a meal plan, recipes, and a workout regimen that make it easy to go plant-based and get a ripped body.


The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis

Arthur Allen
(W. W. Norton & Company, $26.95, HC, 9780393081015)

In The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, journalist Arthur Allen brings to life the true story of brilliant immunologists, one Christian, one Jewish, who were separated during World War II yet found heroic ways to turn their typhus vaccine research against the Nazis. Allen draws on extensive research and interviews with survivors to tell the harrowing story of two brave scientists who put their expertise to the best possible use, at the highest personal danger.


Your Country Is Just Not That Into You: How the Media, Wall Street, and Both Political Parties Keep on Screwing You--Even After You've Moved on

Jimmy Dore
(Running Press Book Publishers, $15.00, PB, 9780762453511)

Why is your brother-in-law concerned about the Estate Tax? Why do millionaire news reporters get everything wrong? Why are blood-sucking teachers bankrupting America? Jimmy Dore, the comedy darling of America's Progressive Left, answers all these questions and more! In this laugh-out-loud collection of essays that are both street-smart and informed, Jimmy sets out to discover what's wrong.

Literary Collections

More Curious

Sean Wilsey
(McSweeney's Books, $22.00, HC, 9781940450179)

In More Curious, Sean Wilsey travels across the U.S., from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, to the isolated artists' enclave of Marfa, Texas, to the boardrooms and ballrooms of post-9/11 New York City. These essays--originally published in Vanity Fair, GQ, McSweeney's, and elsewhere--comprise nearly fifteen years of Wilsey's most vital work on the glory and the misery, the beauty and absurdity of contemporary America.


Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records

Amanda Petrusich
(Scribner Book Company, $25.00, HC, 9781451667059)

Do Not Sell at Any Price is the untold story of a quirky and important subculture: The world of 78rpm records and the insular community that celebrates them--by acclaimed music critic and author Amanda Petrusich. From Thomas Edison to Jack White, Do Not Sell at Any Price is an intriguing story of preservation, loss, obsession, art, and the evolution of the recording formats that have changed the ways we listen to (and create) music.


War of the Whales: A True Story

Joshua Horwitz
(Simon & Schuster, $28.00, HC, 9781451645019)

War of the Whales is the gripping tale of a crusading attorney who stumbles on one of the US Navy's best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity sound--and drives whales onto beaches. A real-life thriller that combines the best of legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue, War of the Whales delivers a powerful narrative that raises serious questions about the unchecked use of secrecy by the military to advance its power.


Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay

Julian Cox
(Yale University Press, $45.00, HC, 9780300206371)

During the culturally tumultuous years of 1969 and 1970, Anthony Friedkin made a series of photographs that together chronicled the gay communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco at the time. This is the first book to explore the series, titled The Gay Essay, in depth, within the broader historical context that gave rise to it. This handsome book features seventy-five full-page plates and is accompanied by engaging essays and a poem by Eileen Myles.

Social Science

A Chinaman's Chance: One Family's Journey and the Chinese American Dream

Eric Liu
(PublicAffairs, $25.99, HC, 9781610391948)

In Chinese-American, Eric Liu pieces together a sense of the Chinese American identity for those who've thrived in America and those who are haven't. He considers his own public career in American media and government and the still-recent history that made anyone Chinese in America seem foreign and disloyal until proven otherwise. Liu breaks down his vast subject into bite-sized chunks, along the way providing insights into universal matters: identity, nationalism, family, and more.

True Crime

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases

Deborah Halber
(Simon & Schuster, $25.00, HC, 9781451657586)

The Skeleton Crew provides an entree into the gritty and tumultuous world of Sherlock Holmes-wannabes who race to beat out law enforcement--and one another--at matching missing persons with unidentified remains. The Skeleton Crew delves into the macabre underside of the Internet, the fleeting nature of identity, and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth.