APRIL 7, 2014

Book News by Vicky Eaves

It's no shock that Michael Lewis's latest, Flash Boys (9780393244663, Norton, $27.95, HC) has taken off out of the gate, but I've been a bit more surprised by President Jimmy Carter's book Call to Action (9781476773957, Simon, $28.00, HC). In typical Simon fashion, restock has been slow, but we should have more books by the [...]

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Art

The Tall Trees of Portland

Matt Wagner
(Overcup Press, $49.00, HC, 9780983491712)

In this second book of Matt Wagner's survey of international contemporary art, he turns his eye to his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He's chosen 40 Portland-based artists who embody the independent ethos that Portland is known for and shows readers what's happening in the city's vibrant visual arts scene right now. Wagner invites you to explore a modern American city through its bold contemporary art and vibrant creative scene.

Biography - Autobiography

A Farm Dies Once a Year

Arlo Crawford
(Henry Holt & Company, $25.00, HC, 9780805098167)

A Farm Dies Once a Year is an intimate, gorgeously observed memoir about family and farming that forms a powerful lesson in the hard-earned risks that make life worth living. A New Yorker "Page-Turner" Book of the Month, A Farm Dies Once a Year is a striking portrait of how one man builds, sows, and harvests his way into a new understanding of the risks necessary to a life well-lived.

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Cooking & Food

Brassicas: Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More

Laura B. Russell; Foreword by Rebecca Katz
(Ten Speed Press, $23.00, HC, 9781607745716)

A cookbook showcasing 80 recipes for the most popular of the world's healthiest vegetables--kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, leafy greens, and more--tailored to accommodate special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan. Celebrating natural flavors rather than masking them, Brassicas both inspires cooks as well as arms them with appetizing new ways to increase their vegetable consumption.

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Fiction

The Frangipani Hotel: Stories

Violet Kupersmith
(Spiegel & Grau, $25.00, HC, 9780812993318)

An extraordinarily compelling debut of ghost stories that grapple with the legacy of the Vietnam War, The Frangipani Hotel is based on traditional Vietnamese folk tales told to Violet Kupersmith by her grandmother. These fantastical, chilling, and thoroughly contemporary stories are a boldly original exploration of Vietnamese culture, addressing both the immigrant experience and the lives of those who remained behind. With tremendous depth and range, Kupersmith's stories transcend their genre to make a wholly original statement about the postwar experience.

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Health & Fitness

Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+

Andrea Robinson; Illustrated by Chesley McLaren
(Seal Press, $24.00, HC, 9781580054904)

In Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+, Andrea Q. Robinson teaches mature women how to look their youthful best with gimmick-free tips and easy-to-follow shortcuts to make the most of their features. Stylishly illustrated by Chesley McLaren, this inspiring book is a reader's guide to feeling fresher, healthier, prettier, and more confident--at any age.

History

How to Read the American West: A Field Guide

William Wyckoff; Foreword by William Cronon
(University of Washington Press, $44.95, PB, 9780295993515)

A geographer and an accomplished photographer, William Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on the natural and human history of the American West and encourages readers to discover that history has shaped the places where people live, work, and visit. Emphasizing features that recur from one part of the region to another, the guide takes readers on an exploration of the eleven western states with trips into their natural and cultural character.

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House and Home

Be in a Treehouse: Design / Construction / Inspiration

Pete Nelson
(Abrams, $37.50, HC, 9781419711718)

The magical nature of treehouse construction and design is told in a guide that is a comprehensive source of inspiration and practical information on treehouses. To ignite the imagination, Nelson presents 27 treehouses in the United States, Europe, and Africa. The book will be indispensable to anyone who aspires to have a treehouse, from the armchair dreamer, to the amateur builder, to the professional contractor.

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Humor

The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny

Peter McGraw and Joel Warner
(Simon & Schuster, $26.00, HC, 9781451665413)

A freelance journalist and a professor hop around the globe covering five continents and 91,000 miles in this part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment that details their epic quest to discover the secret behind what makes things funny. Surprising, funny, and often touching, The Humor Code is a revealing exploration of humor, society, and an unusual friendship.

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Nature

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise

David Rothenberg
(Picador USA, $16.00, PB, 9781250045058)

Bug Music is the first book to consider the radical notion that we humans got our idea of rhythm, synchronization, and dance from the world of insect sounds that surrounded our species over the millions of years over which we evolved. This engaging and thought-provoking book makes a passionate case for the interconnectedness of species.

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Philosophy

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
(Random House Trade, $17.00, PB, 9780812979688)

In Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. A bold and thought provoking book from one of the most foremost thinkers of our time, Antifragile reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world. Now in paperback

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Photography

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

Photography by Robert Dawson; Afterword by Ann Patchett, Foreword by Bill Moyers
(Princeton Architectural Press, $35.00, HC, 9781616892173)

Public libraries hold special memories for many of us. Whether we are searching for the newest titles or an old classic, computer use for job hunting or archives to look up historical data, libraries are the go to place for many folk. Photographer Robert Dawson celebrates the more than 17,000 public libraries in America with this gorgeous book. Accompanying Dawson's revealing photographs are essays, letters, and poetry by some of America's most celebrated writers. A foreword by Bill Moyers and an afterword by Ann Patchett bookend this important survey of a treasured American institution.

Reference

100 Places You Will Never Visit: The World's Most Secret Locations

Daniel Smith
(Quercus, $24.99, PB, 9781623651534)

The world is full of secret places that we either don't know about, or couldn't visit even if we wanted to. Now you can glimpse the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan, visit the Tucson Titan Missile Site, and more in this fascinating guide book that takes a look at 100 places around the world that are either so hard to reach, so closely guarded, or so secret that they are virtually impossible to visit any other way.

Science . . . or DISASTER?!

Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

Martin Blaser
(Henry Holt & Company, $28.00, HC, 9780805098105)

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome where, for hundreds of thousands of years, bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, Dr. Blaser not only provides cutting edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, but also tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.

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Travel

Slow Is Fast: On the Road at Home

Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene
(Patagonia Books, $30.00, HC, 9781938340291)

Slow is Fast chronicles what Dan Malloy has called "a mini-adventure in our own backyard." In September 2012, Dan Malloy, Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene jumped on a train headed north. The idea was to travel down the coast by bike, stopping to surf; staying with friends, family and acquaintances; poaching camps when need be and doing their best to earn their keep and to learn from folks who do good work and get by along the California coast. The accompanying DVD augments the journey with recollections, interviews, and more. Altogether a portrait of California only accessible via human-powered travel.