AUGUST 18, 2014

Book News by Vicky Eaves

My next read for historical fiction is going to be Narrow Road to the Deep North (9780385352857, Knopf, $26.95, HC) by Australian author Richard Flanagan.  I don't think it will compete with All the Light We Cannot See but the reviews have been lovely, and I'm hoping it does as well as his much earlier work, Gould's [...]

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Architecture

The Language of Houses

Alison Lurie
(Delphinium Books, $25.95, HC, 9781883285609)

A companion book to Lurie's 1981 The Language of Clothes, a meditation on costume and fashion as an expression of history, social status and individual psychology, The Language of Houses takes a lucid, provocative and entertaining look at how the architecture of buildings and the spaces within them both reflect and affect the people who inhabit them. Accompanied by lighthearted original drawings, The Language of Houses is an essential and highly entertaining new contribution to the literature of modern architecture.

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Biography - Autobiography

Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician

Sandeep Jauhar
(Farrar Straus Giroux, $26.00, HC, 9780374141394)

In his acclaimed memoir Intern, Sandeep Jauhar chronicled the formative years of his residency at a prestigious New York City hospital. Doctored, his harrowing follow-up, observes the crisis of American medicine through the eyes of an attending cardiologist. Provoked by his unsettling experiences and truths of today's medical world, Jauhar's memoir is also an impassioned plea for reform. With American medicine at a crossroads, Doctored is the important work of a writer unafraid to challenge the establishment and incite controversy.

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Business

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone
(Back Bay Books, $18.00, PB, 9780316219280)

Winner of the 2013 Financial Times Book of the Year Award, The Everything Store is the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. The Everything Store is the book the business world can't stop talking about, the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read. Now in paperback

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Cooking & Food

International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World (Including More Than 250 Recipes)

Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, $29.00, HC, 9781620400272)

Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his daughter's finger lands becomes the theme of that Friday night's dinner. Culinary adventures from their weekly tradition of International Night can now be found on the pages of this delightful cookbook. Mark and his daughter Talia invite you and your family into their kitchen, outfitted with overflowing packets of exotic delicacies from around the world. Delicious recipes and cultural and historical information will fill your bellies and your minds, and transport you to countries all around the world.

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Fiction

The Remarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb

Nicholas Rinaldi
(Scribner Book Company, $26.00, HC, 9781476727325)

An irresistible novel set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and based on the real life of Tom Thumb, a young man only twenty-five inches tall, who became America's first internationally recognized entertainer. Written in a voice that is both witty and lyrical, and with a colorful secondary cast including Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, P.T. Barnum, and notable figures of the period,The Remarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb is an evocative, poignant imagining of one man's story at a unique moment in American history.

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History

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City

Russell Shorto
(Vintage Books, $16.95, PB, 9780307743756)

In Amsterdam, Russell Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence, its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege. Now in paperback

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Humor

The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance: And Other Real Laws That Human Beings Actually Dreamed Up, Enacted, and Sometimes Even Enforced

Kevin Underhill
(American Bar Association, $22.95, PB, 9781627222693)

The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance is a collection of wacky written laws where each one was actually thought up by real human beings who then decided after writing it down and upon further reflection that yes, this would be a good rule that everybody should follow. You'll find more than 200 unusual, bizarre, and absurd laws. Above all, all of the laws mentioned in this book are real, seriously.

Literary Collections

White Girls

Hilton Als
(McSweeney's Books, $16.00, PB, 9781940450254)

White Girls, Hilton Als's first book since The Women 16 years ago, finds one of The New Yorker's boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history. The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of "white girls," as Als dubs them. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.

Music

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

Greil Marcus
(Yale University Press, $28.00, HC, 9780300187373)

Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points that everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself. The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs by a founder of contemporary rock criticism--and its most gifted and incisive practitioner--is destined to become an enduring classic.

Nature

Trees Up Close: The Beauty of Their Bark, Leaves, Flowers, and Seeds

Nancy Ross Hugo; Photographer Robert Llewellyn
(Timber Press, $15.00, PB, 9781604695823)

Trees Up Close offers an intimate, revealing look at the beauty of leaves, flowers, cones, fruits, seeds, buds, bark, and twigs of the most common trees. With more than 200 dazzling photos, you will be amazed by the otherworldly beauty of the acorns from a sawtooth oak, enchanted by the immature fruits of a red maple, and dazzled by the delicate emerging flowers of the American elm.

Photography

Mary Randlett Landscapes

Mary Randlett
(University of Washington Press, $24.95, PB, 9780295994062)

Mary Randlett Landscapes presents a visual record of the Northwest at its most pristine and poetic. During her many years of finely tuned observation, Randlett has learned to take the time to ponder the essences of what she sees--the curl of a bird's drifting feather, a water strider not quite breaking the surface of the water, fog ascending a hillside, the moment a pond's surface turns to ice. Her photography brings this corner of the Northwest to the world.

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Poetry

Saint Friend

Carl Adamshick
(McSweeney's Books, $20.00, HC, 9781940450032)

After working years in obscurity, poet Carl Adamshick was feted with the prestigious Walt Whitman Award for his first collection. Saint Friend, his second book, is a freewheeling explosion of celebrations, elegies, narratives, psychologically raw persona pieces (one in the voice of Amelia Earhart), and a handful of punchy lyric poems with a desperate humor. It is, as the title suggests, a book exalting love among friends in our scattered times.

Political Science

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Max Blumenthal
(Nation Books, $17.99, PB, 9781568589510)

In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens. A brave and unflinching account of the real facts on the ground, Goliath is an unprecedented and compelling work of journalism.

Science

The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels

Brian Fagan
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, $18.00, PB, 9781608196944)

The Attacking Ocean, from celebrated author Brian Fagan, tells a tale of the rising complexity of the relationship between humans and the sea at their doorsteps, a complexity created not by the oceans, which have changed little. What has changed is us, and the number of us on earth. Fagan has written an urgent and compelling narrative that addresses the many facets of the climate debate.

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Sociology

The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection

Michael Harris
(Current, $26.95, HC, 9781591846932)

In this eloquent and thought-provoking book, Michael Harris argues that amid all the technology changes we're experiencing, the most interesting is the one that future generations will find hardest to grasp. That is the end of absence--the loss of lack. The daydreaming silences in our lives are filled; the burning solitudes are extinguished. By placing our situation in a rich historical context, Harris helps us remember which parts of that earlier world we don't want to lose forever and to remain awake to what came before. To again take pleasure in absence.

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Technology

The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed

Nate Anderson
(W. W. Norton & Company, $15.95, PB, 9780393349450)

In The Internet Police, Ars Technica editor Nate Anderson takes readers on a behind-the-screens tour of landmark cybercrime cases, revealing how criminals continue to find digital and legal loopholes even as police hurry to cinch them closed. With each episode in The Internet Police, Anderson shows the dark side of online spaces but also how dystopian a fully ordered alternative would be. Now in paperback

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