Good and Plenty

4 Feb

Egyptian political turmoil, historic blizzards, Manny and Damon signing with the Rays, typhoons in Australia, Super Bowl rodomontade—none of this real word sturm und drang staunched the torrent of books making it to my doorstep and beyond. Given my endlessly (if not well ) expressed antipathy toward lists questioning this listing is a reasonable concern for inquiring minds

There is, of course, a simple explanation. In Polish Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska’s collection Non Required Reading ( a collection of her book notices) she points out that literary magazines (apparently only in Europe— I can’t think of any American journals that do this) list the books they have received for review. A fair and useful thing to do, don’t you think?

I am pretty certain that as it seems that most review venues apparently focus on the same small sampling of published books, even the ardent book lover will be unaware of the plenitude of wonderful titles ( I know, I know, amidst the dross) available (though a visit to the local bookstore would obviate such a list).

So here is a beacon of light (or at least a candle) in the growing darkness:

Destiny and Desire: A Novel by Carlos Fuentes, translated by Edith Grossman (Random House)
Galileo J L Heilbron (Oxford University Press)
Anterooms: New Poems and Translations by Richard Wilbur (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earthby -Mark Hertsgaard (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Classic Homes of Los Angelesby Douglas Woods, Melba Levick, and D. J. Waldie (Rizzoli)
J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski (Random House)
Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America by James E. Ryan (Oxford University Press)
A Widow’s Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O Hagan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Hi-De-Ho: The Life of Cab Calloway by Alyn Shipton (Oxford University Press)
Panorama: A Novel by H. G. Adler, translated Peter Filkins, and Peter Demetz (Random House)
Gold Boy, Emerald Girl: Stories by Yiyun Li (Random House)
The Diviner’s Tale by Brad Murrow (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Naked The Nude in America by Bram Dijkstra(Rizzoli)
Harlem A Century in Images by Deborah Willis, Thelma Golden,Cheryl Finley Elizabeth Alexander (Rizzoli)
One Big Table: 600 recipes from the nation’s best home cooks, farmers, fishermen, pit-masters, and by Molly O Neil (Simon & Schuster)
The Panic Virus: A true story of Medicine. Science. and Fear by Seth Mnookin (Simon & Schuster)
Open City by Teju Cole (Random House)
Electric Literature #5 with Kevin Brockmeier, J. Robert Lennon, and Lynne Tillman
Burial For A King:Martin Luther King Jr.’s Funeral and the Week that Transformed Atlanta and Rocked the Nation by Rebecca Burns (Scribners)
The Empty Family by Colin Toibin (Scribners)
Ratification The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier (Simoin & Schuster)
The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sara Brainstein (Norton)
The Fates will FInd Their Way by Hannah Pittard (Ecco)
Lastingness : The Art of Old Age by Nicholas Delbanco (Grand Central)
Wrong Blood by Manuel Delope (Other Books)
Mr Toppit by Charles Etton (Other Books)
The HD Book (The Collected Writings of Robert Duncan) by Robert Duncan ( University OF CALIFORNIA Press)
Losing Graceland by Micah Duncan (Broadway)
Our Wildest Dreams Within Reach by Mike Sacks (Tin House)
Fatal Error by JA Jance (Touchstone)
The Four Kinds of Cruelty by Keith Houlihan (St Martin’s)
Mink River by Brian Doyle (U of Oregon Press)
The Scale of Maps by Belen Gopegui (City Lights)
God Fearing and Free:A Spiritual History of the Cold War by Jason Stevens (Harvard U Press)
Tough Without A Gun The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer (Knopf)
The Future of Power by Joseph Nye (Public Affairs )
A California Bestiary by Rebecca Solnit (Heyday)
Word on The Street by Richard Nagler and Foreword by Peter Selz (Heyday)
Haiti Noir ed by Edwidge Danticat (Akashic)
Negative Space by Robert Steiner (Counterpoint)
The Eden Hunter by Skip Horack (Counterpoint)
The Still Point by Amy Sackville (Counterpoint)
The Clown by Heinrich Boll (Melville House)
Billiards at Half Past Nine by Heinrich Boll (Melville House)
The Safety Net by Heinrich Boll (Melville House)
From Fatwa to Jihad by Kenan Malik(Melville House)
O -A Presidential Novel by Anonymous(Simon & Schuster)
Ghost Light by Joseph O Connor (FSG)
Crossing the Heart of Africa by Julian Smith ( Harper Perennial)
The Murderer’s Daughters by Sandy Susan Meyers (St. Martin’s Press)
20 Under 40 Stories from The New Yorker edited by Debra Treisman (FSG)
Molotov’s Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonsky (FGS)
Gryphon by Charles Baxter (Pantheon)
The Species Seekers:Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth by Richard Connif (WW Norton)
Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson (FSG)
Fragments by Marilyn Monroe (FSG)
Yvon’s Paris by Robert-Stevens (WW Norton)
The World Beneath by Cate Kennedy (Black C at)
Never Use More Than Two Types Faces (BIS)
Tablet and Pen Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East edited by Reza Aslan (WW Norton)
Burnt Books by Rodger Kamentz (Shocken)
Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger (Touchstone)
The Spontaneous City (BIS)
Separate Beds by Elizabeth Buchan (Viking)
Selected Stories by William Trevor (Viking)
The War For Late Night by Bill Carter(Viking)
Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman (Lookout )
Exit The Actress by Prya Parmar (Touchstone)

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