Monday, April 19, 2021

Books: "The Paris Apartment," A World War II History On Remarkable Women, By Kelly Bowen

 The Paris Apartment

By Kelly Bowen

Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing; paperback, $15.99; available Tuesday, April 20th

Kelly Bowen is an award-winning author of ten novels and five novellas that have been published worldwide and translated into five languages, and she has a passion for telling stories about remarkable women doing extraordinary things that are often overlooked in history. The Manitoba, Canada, native, worked as a research scientist before realizing her dream to become an author of historical fiction. Her writing career began with an entry into a Romance Writers of America chapter writing contest, which earned her a literary agent and subsequently a publishing deal.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Books: The Full Experience Of "The Man Who Lived Underground" By Richard Wright


The Man Who Lived Underground

By Richard Wright

Library of America; hardcover, $22.95 and the audibook from Caedmon Audiobook, an imprint of HarperAudio, narrated by Ethan Herisse; $20.99 - both are available this Tuesday, April 20th

Richard Wright, one of the most influential African-American writers of the last century, made it a point to center his stories on the issue of race in America. Born in 1908 in Mississippi, he won international renown for his powerful and visceral depictions of the black experience. Two of his most influential works, the novel Native Son, released in 1940, and his memoir, Black Boy, from 1945, are required reading in high schools and colleges, and The Man Who Lived Underground was written around the same period 80 years ago.

Books: "Little Bandaged Days" By Kyra Wilder

Little Bandaged Days

By Kyra Wilder

The Overlook Press; hardcover, 256 pages; $25.00; available this Tuesday, April 20th

Kyra Wilder is a debut novelist who received her BA and MA in English literature at San Francisco State University. She then worked under Michael Tusk at the Michelin-starred Quince, where she made pasta, and she continued to work in restaurants in New York before moving to Switzerland with her family, where she is currently.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Books: "The Revelations" By Erik Hoel


The Revelations

By Dr. Erik Hoel, Ph.D

The Overlook Press; hardcover, 368 pages; $27.00

Erik Hoel received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. A 2018 Forbes "30 under 30" for his neuroscientific research on consciousness and a Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellow, he sis a research assistant professor at Tufts University. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the Neuro Technology Lab, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Books: "At The End Of The Matinee" By Keiichiro Hirano


At The End Of The Matinee

By Keiichiro Hirano

Amazon Crossing; 316 pages; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $4.99; available Thursday, April 15th

At The End Of The Matinee, which was a runaway bestseller in Japan, winner of the Watanabe Junichi Literary Prize and adapted into a recently-released movie, is the second of Keiichiro Hirano's novels to be translated into English. A Man, which was the winner of Japan's Yomiuri Prize for Literature, was the first one to be so honored.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Books: "Lincolnomics," By John Wasik, On The Great Builder


Lincolnomics: How President Lincoln Constructed the Great American Economy

By John F. Wasik

Diversion Books; hardcover, $31.99; available today, Tuesday, April 13th

Abraham Lincoln is always looked to as a guiding light when it comes to uniting the country, but is it possible he can be looked to when it comes to another problem that has vexed the United States, infrastructure?

Monday, April 12, 2021

Books: "The Venice Sketchbook" By Rhys Bowen


The Venice Sketchbook

By Rhys Bowen

Lake Union Publishing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback, $14.95; ebook, $5.99; available Tuesday, April 13th 

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of over forty novels, including Above the Bay of Angels, The Victory Garden, The Tuscan Child, and the World War II-based In Farleigh Field, which won the Macavity and Left Coast Crime Awards for Best Historical Mystery Novel and the Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery.