Is it damp and cold in your soul? Don’t worry I feel the same. Thankfully this month is pretty good for book lovers – and especially as it turns out, for books of essay. There are plenty of big – names novels to be published. Hopefully can read these books by this month end. Somehow it seems unrealistic for now… Let’s hope for the best!!!!!
There Was and There Was Not: A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond by Meline Toumani,
The wounds of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in 1915 still linger — for reporter Toumani, growing up in New Jersey, her community shunned Turkish products and Turkish restaurants. Wanting to understand this tortured legacy, Toumani moved to Istanbul and investigated the roots of this tension. The results are an extraordinary portrait of Turkish society
George W. Bush, A Portrait of My Father
This is the first time a former president has written a book about his father, who is also a former president. George W. Bush writes about his father’s entire life and the influence he had on him personally in this biography
Denis Johnson, The Laughing Monsters
Denis Johnson’s The Laughing Monsters is a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world that shows one of our great novelists at the top of his game.
Meghan Daum, The Unspeakable: And Other Objects of Discussion
In her celebrated 2001 collection, My Misspent Youth, Meghan Daum offered a bold, witty, defining account of the artistic ambitions, financial anxieties, and mixed emotions of her generation. The Unspeakable is an equally bold and witty, but also a sadder and wiser, report from early middle age.
Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You
Can we talk about the title of this novel? Let’s not. But, actually, the book is a series of novellas that feature the lovable/hateable, Frank Bascombe from The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land. You either sort of get Richard Ford, or you don’t. Ford returns to this beloved character in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and produces four narratives about adjusting to life after disaster.
John Safran, God’ll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi
It’s quite the hook: a young, white Australian documentarian (Safran, who is big in Australia, and is in no way related to the Everything Is Illuminated author) went down to Mississippi to interview people for a documentary he was making on race. However, when one of his subjects, a white supremacist, is brutally murdered, Safran investigates the case and falls down the rabbit hole of Southern Gothic weirdness.
Atticus Lish, Preparation For the Next Life
Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York’s kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man’s nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness. Lish is a vivid writer of the New York city and how it changes, and his take on doomed love shows what the elusive American dream is really like today.
David Peace, GB84
This behemoth of British fiction was actually published in the UK ten years ago. Now, it’s seeing its American release. The novel details a 1984 miner’s strike, one that threatened to tear the country apart. And it’s pitched as a “shocking fictional documentation of the violence, sleaze and fraudulence that characterised Thatcher’s Britain.” It also seems to have launched its author’s illustrious career.
Lindsay Hunter, Ugly Girls
Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter is a novel about a complicated friendship between two girls, Perry and Baby Girl, and the alleged high school boy who’s been following them.
Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Siege
The Siege by Arturo Pérez-Reverte is a thriller set in Spain in the early 1800s, and it weaves together history, suspense, and romance as a police commissioner investigates a series of murders.