New Fiction for August 2017

“Beast” by Paul Kingsnorth. “Beast” plunges you into the world of Edward Buckmaster, a man alone on an empty moor in the west of England. What he has left behind we don’t yet know. What he faces is an existential battle with himself, the elements, and something he begins to see in the margins of…

New Nonfiction for August

“The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South” by Michael W. Twitty. Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who “owns” it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael…

New Adult Nonfiction for July

“The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques” by Jay Jaffe. In “The Cooperstown Casebook,” Jay Jaffe shows us how to use his revolutionary ranking system to ensure the right players are recognized. The foundation of Jaffe’s approach is his JAWS system, an…

New Adult Fiction for July

“The Best of Subterranean” by William K. Schafer. From its launch in 2005 to its final issue in 2014, “Subterranean” magazine published stories by the leading lights of science fiction and fantasy literature. From Hugo and Nebula winners to Pulitzer and Booker Prize finalists to “New York Times” bestsellers, this anthology collects 30 pieces of…

New Adult Nonfiction for June

“Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge” by Erica Wagner. His father conceived of the Brooklyn Bridge, but after John Roebling’s sudden death, Washington Roebling built what has become one of American’s most iconic structures–as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.…

New Adult Fiction for June

“The Identicals” by Elin Hildenbrand. Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha’s Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. Just because twins look exactly the same doesn’t mean they’re anything alike…

New Adult Nonfiction for March

“The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan. A landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes. “Richard Nixon: The Life” by John A. Farrell. Brilliantly researched, authoritatively crafted by a prize-winning biographer, and lively on the page, this is the Nixon…