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August 2016 BOOKLIST
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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science. By Richard Holmes. 2009. Pantheon, $40 (9780375422225).
This lively, stellar group biography animates the engrossing accounts of the research that inspired a sense of awe in poets and scientists alike.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. By Christopher McDougall. 2009. Knopf, $24.95 (9780307266309).
One journalist’s quest to discover the secrets of the reclusive Tarahumara Indians leads to an exciting and dangerous endurance race.
Columbine. By Dave Cullen. 2009. Twelve, $26.99 (9780446546935).
This fine work of investigative journalism challenges the myths and misconceptions of the Columbine tragedy.
The Good Soldiers. By David Finkel. 2009. Farrar, $25 (9780374165734).
An embedded reporter describes the human cost paid by an army battalion on the streets of Iraq in language that is searing, visceral, and immediate.
The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War. By Nicholas Thompson. 2009. Holt, $27.50 (9780805081428).
The remarkable half-century friendship and rivalry between two influential strategists who helped shape American foreign policy is brought to life in this insightful dual biography.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. By David Grann. 2009. Doubleday, $27.50 (9780385513531).
An intrepid reporter sets out to uncover the mysterious fate of the last of the great Victorian explorers in this thrilling adventure.
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders. By Emmanuel Guibert and others. 2009. First Second, paper, $29.95 (9781596433755).
Using mixed visual media, this stunning memoir vividly depicts the struggles and accomplishments of a humanitarian mission in an unforgiving terrain.
Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art. By Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. 2009. Penguin, $26.95 (9781594202209).
This enthralling page-turner describes how archivists uncovered one of the most extensive frauds in recent art history.
The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream. By Patrick Radden Keefe. 2009. Doubleday, $27.50 (9780385521307).
Human trafficking and its subsequent effects on the American economy and social structures are documented in this fast-paced, panoramic exposé.
Stitches. By David Small. 2009. Norton, $24.95 (9780393068573).
Stark drawings give voice to the horrors of a child who finds redemption in art while growing up in a repressed and disturbed family.
Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath. By Michael Norman and Elizabeth Norman. 2009. Farrar, $30 (9780374272609).
In-depth, brutal, and moving, this narrative provides multiple perspectives on a tragic World War II episode in the Philippines.
Zeitoun. By Dave Eggers. 2009. McSweeney’s, $24 (9781934781630).
This powerful account explores the devastation of post-Katrina New Orleans through the eyes of a Syrian American who remained and endured the resulting chaos and confusion.
The Anthologist. By Nicholson Baker. 2009. Simon & Schuster, $25 (9781416572442).
A charming failure, poet Paul Chowder struggles to regain his muse and his girlfriend while watching deadlines slip by.
Await Your Reply. By Dan Chaon. 2009. Ballantine, $25 (9780345476029).
This chilling exploration of the modern meaning of identity follows three people on the fringes of society.
Brooklyn. By Colm Tóibín. 2009. Scribner, $25 (9781439138311).
A young Irishwoman faces heart-wrenching decisions in this unabashedly romantic and deceptively simple story of immigration and belonging.
The Convalescent. By Jessica Anthony. 2009. McSweeney’s, $22 (9781934781104).
Rovar Pfiegman, bus-dwelling meat salesman, fulfills his destiny as the last of the last of his clan in this oddly imaginative tale.
Generosity. By Richard Powers. 2009. Farrar, $25 (9780374161149).
In this postmodern indictment of the biotech industry, a student’s unnerving happiness seems to hold the key to banishing despair from the human genetic code.
Let the Great World Spin. By Colum McCann. 2009. Random, $25 (9781400063734).
Philippe Petit’s high-wire walk between the Twin Towers provides the backdrop for this rich portrait of the unlikely connections among a group of New Yorkers in the 1970s.
Little Bee. By Chris Cleave. 2009. Simon & Schuster, $24 (9781416589631).
The compelling voice of a refugee illuminates the life-changing friendship between two women that began with a horrifying encounter on a secluded Nigerian beach.
A Mercy. By Toni Morrison. 2008. Knopf, $23.95 (9780307264237).
Four women—white, mixed race, black and Native American—become a makeshift family under the care of a “good” man in colonial America.
Spooner. By Pete Dexter. 2009. Grand Central, $26.99 (9780446540728).
A boy struggles to navigate the vagaries of the world with the lifelong guidance of his stepfather in this funny and heartbreaking tale.
Tinkers. By Paul Harding. 2009. Bellevue, paper, $14.95 (9781934137123).
In this lyrical novel, the life of a dying man is examined through the smallest moments of time and memory.
The Vagrants. By Yiyun Li. 2009. Random, $25 (9781400063130).
The execution of a dissident woman reverberates through her small town in the aftermath of China’s Cultural Revolution.
The Year of the Flood. By Margaret Atwood. 2009. Doubleday/Nan A. Talese, $26 (9780385528771).
In the near future, two women survive an apocalyptic event in a queasily enthralling work.
Face. By Sherman Alexie. 2009. Hanging Loose, $28 (9781931236706).
Autobiographical poems experimenting with various styles and forms explore childhood, fatherhood, and the trials, perks, and humor of minor celebrity.
What Goes On: Selected and New Poems, 1995–2009. By Stephen Dunn. 2009. Norton, $25.95 (9780393338553).
Completely accessible poems written in ordinary language deal with cats, love, bar fights, desire, melancholia, and relationships.
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