OCTOBER 13, 2014

Book News by Vicky Eaves

OK, I think this week may be the fan's list (of one thing or another) for the most part.  I think Good Wife fans everywhere are going to want to read Alan Cumming's memoir Not My Father's Son (9780062225061, It, $26.99, HC). I haven't read it yet but he looks great on the cover! After [...]

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Biography - Autobiography

The Dark Art: My Undercover Life in Globa Narco-Terrorism

Edward Follis with Douglas Century
Gotham Books, $28.00, HC, 9781592408931)

In The Dark Art, Edward Follis, a highly decorated veteran DEA agent, recounts his incredible undercover career and reveals the shocking links between narcotics trafficking and terrorism. Spanning five continents and filled with harrowing stories about the world's most ruthless drug lords and terrorist networks, Follis's memoir reads like a thriller, yet every word is true, and every story is documented. The Dark Art is a page-turning memoir that will electrify you from page one.

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Glass Jaw: A Manifest for Defending Fragile Reputations in an Age of Instant Scandal

Eric Dezenhall
(Twelve, $27.00, HC, 9781455582976)

In an age when scandal can destroy a company's brand or anyone's reputation in an instant, Glass Jaw is an "Art of War" guide to modern crisis management. From the boardroom to the parenting messaging board, scandals erupt every day. Glass Jaw explains the changing nature of controversy and offers readers counterpunches to best protect themselves.

Cooking & Food

Death and Co: Modern Cocktail Classics

David Kaplan
(Ten Speed Press, $40.00, HC, 9781607745259)

Death & Co offers a complete cocktail education, with information on the theory and philosophy of drink making, a complete guide to buying and using spirits, and step-by-step instructions for mastering key bartending techniques. Filled with beautiful, evocative photography, illustrative charts and infographics, and colorful essays about the characters who fill the bar each night, Death & Co - like its namesake bar - is bold, elegant, and setting the pace for mixologists around the world.

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Designa: Technical Secrets of the Traditional Visual Arts

Adam Tetlow
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, $20.00, HC, 9781620406595)

From the geometric patterns of Islamic art and design to the swirling floral motifs of Celtic art, Designa brings together six elegant and insightful short volumes from the Wooden Books series on art and design. Lavishly illustrated with engravings, woodcuts, and original drawings and diagrams, Designa will inspire readers of all ages to take an interest in the interconnected knowledge of art and design from different cultures throughout the world.


Autumn, All the Cats Return

Philippe Georget
(Europa Editions, $18.00, PB, 9781609452261)

In this sequel to Georget's Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored, South of France Lieutenant Gilles Sebag (the cop with an unparalleled sixth sense), discovers more than just a killer, but an entire secret history that not everyone wants revealed. This fast-paced thriller with brilliant dialogues, and intriguing characters will satisfy the most demanding reader.

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Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief

James M. McPherson
(Penguin Press, $32.95, HC, 9781594204975)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom comes a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy. Embattled Rebel shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history, but it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause's failure. McPherson gives us Jefferson Davis as the commander in chief he really was, showing persuasively that while Davis did not win the war for the South, he was scarcely responsible for losing it.

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Literary Criticism

American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Mainstream

Paula Rabinowitz
(Princeton University Press, $29.95, HC, 9780691150604)

American Pulp tells how cheap paperback books ingeniously repackaged highbrow fiction and nonfiction for a mass audience, drawing in readers of every kind with promises of entertainment, enlightenment, and titillation. Examining their often-lurid packaging as well as their content, American Pulp is richly illustrated with reproductions of dozens of pulp paperback covers, many in color. A fascinating cultural history, American Pulp will change the way we look at these ephemeral yet enduringly intriguing books.

Performing Arts

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo

Chris McDonnell with an Introduction by Guillermo del Toro
(Abrams, $35.00, HC, 9781419704505)

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo is the first book to take fans behind the scenes of Finn the Human's and Jake the Dog's adventures in the post-apocalyptic, magical land of Ooo. The Art of Ooo traces series creator Pendleton Ward's early influences and work, then reveals how the writers, storyboarders, animators, and voice actors work in tandem to bring this wildly inventive series to life. The Art of Ooo is the perfect companion to and celebration of this groundbreaking, award-winning series.


Earth is My Witness: The Photography of Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe
(Earth Aware Editions, $95.00, HC, 9781608873067)

Art Wolfe's definitive opus, Earth Is My Witness represents 40 years of expeditionary photography. For the first time, Wolfe presents the three subjects at the heart of his work - landscapes, wildlife, and cultures on the edge of extinction - in a single masterpiece. His images present his evolution as an artist and the techniques he uses to capture the nuances and rhythms of nature result in a book of photographs that are nothing short of breathtaking.

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Splitting an Order

Ted Kooser
(Copper Canyon Press, $23.00, HC, 9781556594694)

Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling poet Ted Kooser calls attention to the intimacies of life through commonplace objects and occurrences: an elderly couple sharing a sandwich is a study in transcendent love while a tattered packet of spinach seeds calls forth innate human potential. This long-awaited collection from the former U.S. Poet Laureate - ten years in the making - is rich with quiet and profound magnificence.

Political Science

Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013

Noam Chomsky
(Haymarket Books, $12.95, PB, 9781608463633)

From Noam Chomsky, one of our greatest political writers alive, this collection of essays from 1969-2013 - many in book form for the first time - exposes the real nature of state power. With unrelenting logic, Chomsky holds the arguments of empire up to critical examination and shatters the myths of those who protect the power and privilege of the few against the interests and needs to the many. Now in paperback


Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being

Brian Little
(PublicAffairs, $26.99, HC, 9781586489670)

How does your personality shape your life ... and what, if anything, can you do about it? Me, Myself, and Us explores questions that are rooted in the origins of human consciousness but are as commonplace as yesterday's breakfast conversation, such as whether our personality traits are set by age thirty or whether our brains and selves are more plastic. Professor Brian R. Little provides a lively, thought-provoking, and ultimately optimistic look at the possibilities and perils of being uniquely ourselves.


The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution

Jonathan Eig
(W. W. Norton & Company, $27.95, HC, 9780393073720)

We know it simply as "the pill," yet its genesis was anything but simple. In The Birth of the Pill, former Wall Street Journal reporter Eig's masterful narrative revolves around four principal characters: a millionaire activist, a free-loving crusader, a Roman Catholic gynecologist, and a maverick scientist. Brilliantly researched and briskly written, The Birth of the Pill is gripping social, cultural, and scientific history.

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Sports and Recreation

Boy On Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard

John Branch
(W. W. Norton and Company, $26.95, HC, 9780393239393)

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter John Branch debuts with a biography of the brief life of hockey player Derek Boogaard (1982-2011). A moving human story and behind-the-scenes account of a life lived in the glare of sporting fame, Boy on Ice is unlike any sports biography you will ever read.