This summer’s abundant crop of debut novels and series titles draws on new threats to America’s interests, including the rise of religious extremism.
Gilbert, Elizabeth. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Riverhead. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9781594634710. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698408319. Self-help Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love fame, aims to encourage lives more strongly driven by curiosity than by fear. Having the courage to do that, says the author, will lead to an enchanted existence. Readers start the process by daily […]
Wilde, Fran. Updraft. Tor. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9780765377838. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466858206. SF On the eve of the wing test that will finally allow her to take her place alongside her mother as a trader between the towers, Kirit Densira breaks tower law and attracts a skymouth. In a panic, she finds an unexpected skill: her voice […]
Kryk, John. Stagg vs. Yost: The Birth of Cutthroat Football. Rowman & Littlefield. 2015. 360p. photos. bibliog. ISBN 9781442248250. $40; ebk. ISBN 9781442248267. SPORTS Using archival materials, Kryk (Natural Enemies) chronicles the lives of two pioneering coaches: the University of Michigan’s Fielding H. Yost (1871–1946) and the University of Chicago’s Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862–1965). While […]
Hallberg, Garth Risk. City on Fire. Knopf. Oct. 2015. 944p. ISBN 9780385353779. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780385353786. F This epic, well-written, and highly entertaining first novel is set in New York City from around Christmas 1976 to the blackout of July 1977. Years earlier, wealthy widower William Hamilton-Sweeney had become engaged to a woman whose wheeler-dealer […]