The author of The Art Forger returns to the art world in The Muralist. a noirish intrigue and fine-art detective story that ably intersects the early years of the abstract expressionist movement with the run-up to World War II and the institutionalized anti-Semitism that denied American visas to Jewish refugees.
Costello, Elvis. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Blue Rider. Oct. 2015. 688p. photos. ISBN 9780399167256. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780698140653. MUSIC It’s no surprise that Costello, one of the most literate of rock songwriters, has written a fascinating, rich, and evocative memoir told with warmth, intelligence, and wit and filled with memorable descriptions and observations. Costello […]
“We human beings…need to change”—this blunt requirement typifies Pope Francis’s astonishing encyclical on climate change. He effectively reframes global warming from an abstract, technical issue into a moral one, and gives the problem a new urgency—just in time for his U.S. visit and the upcoming world climate summit in Paris.
Brioso, César. Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League. Univ. Pr. of Florida. Sept. 2015. 272p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780813061160. $24.95. SPORTS Baseball’s landmark year was 1947—that was when Jackie Robinson integrated the National League and, later in the season, Larry Doby became the American League’s first black player with the Cleveland […]
Ryan, Hank Phillippi. What You See: A Jane Ryland Novel. Forge. Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780765374950. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765374981. F Unemployed reporter Jane Ryland finds herself in the right place at the right time when, while on a job interview at Channel 2, she is offered an impromptu opportunity to freelance and cover breaking […]
Grisham, John. Rogue Lawyer. Doubleday. Oct. 2015. ISBN. 9780385539432. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539449. F In his latest, Grisham introduces Sebastian Rudd, a renegade street lawyer with an unconventional yet right-minded approach toward advocating for the powerless. Rudd’s cases involve social misfits—all wrongfully accused. There’s the drug-addled sexual pervert from a satanic cult, wanted for molesting and […]
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. 3 discs. color. 6+ hrs. Barak Goodman & others, Florentine Films & others, dist. by PBS, shoppbs.org. 2015. DVD UPC 841887024068. $34.99; Blu-ray UPC 841887024075. $39.99. SDH subtitles. MED Cancer. The word sends a shiver of fear rattling through the bones of anyone who hears it. Adults, children, men, […]