Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2013, Pt. 3: Quick Takes on Bohjalian, Mankell, and More

Bass, Rick. All the Land to Hold Us. Houghton. Jul. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780547687124. $25. LITERARY FICTION
It’s not surprisingly that nature writer Bass’s fourth novel, set in Texas, features oil and gas wildcatters, salt miners, and treasure hunters as well as high school football players and Baptists. Bass is always a treat.

Bohjalian, Chris. The Light in the Ruins. Doubleday. Jul. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780385534819. $25.95. lrg. prnt. HISTORICAL FICTION
Trust this New York Times best-selling author to make something gorgeous of love and war in 1940s Italy.

Dunant, Sarah. Blood & Beauty: The Borgias. Random. Jul. 2013. 576p. 978 1400069293. $27. HISTORICAL FICTION
Yes, the author of terrific historicals like The Birth of Venus can handle those bloody Borgias.

Housh, Gregg. Unmasked: My Life Inside Anonymous, the Internet’s Most Powerful Collective. New Harvest. Jul. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780547893402. $24.99. TECHNOLOGY
This account by once notorious hacktaviste Housh about Anonymous now has special poignancy.

Mankell, Henning. A Treacherous Paradise. Knopf. Jul. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9780307961228. $26.95. HISTORICAL FICTION
Not another Kurt Wallender tale but a story set in turn-of-the-century Sweden and Mozambique about a young woman widowed twice over who must make her way in a “treacherous paradise.”

Sapienza, Goliarda. The Art of Joy. Farrar. Jul. 2013. 704p. tr. by Anne Milano Appel. ISBN 9780374106140. $30. ebK. ISBN 9780374708948.
Abandoned by its author, the late Italian Sapienza, this work is just seeing the light of day and is being called a masterpiece.


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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.