One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
Popular non-fiction writer Bill Bryson (A Walk in the Woods) takes a close look at historical events and characters that shaped this notable time period starting with Charles Lindbergh’s successful solo fight across the Atlantic on May 21, 1927. Also included is Babe Ruth and his home-run record, Al Capone, Al Jolson’s filming of the Jazz Singer and the approach of the Great Depression. Booklist starred review.
The Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
N.Y. Times bestselling author of the highly popular Eat, Pray, Love turns to historical fiction in her new book. Set in the late 19th century, The Signature of all Things introduces us to Henry Whittaker, a dirt poor immigrant and botany expert from England who later becomes one of the richest men in Philadelphia and his daughter Alma who has inherited her father’s love of botany which takes her across the globe from the U.S. to the Amazon and Tahiti.
David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits & the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
The author of such popular books as Outliers and The Tipping Point is back with a new book which observes the often deceptive differences between giants and underdogs. This thought provoking book explores how we think about obstacles and disadvantages. Gladwell’s findings are telling and often surprising.
We are Water by Wally Lamb
Lamb’s (I Know This Much is True, She’s Come Undone) new book set in New England and New York during the first years of Obama’s presidency centers on the multilayered portrait of marriage, family and our need for connection. Present day issues such as the legalization of gay marriage and racial violence are heavily discussed. Highly recommended by Library Journal.
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Tan’s (The Joy Luck Club) new book is set in Shanghai in 1912 and spans 40 years and 2 continents. The Valley of Amazement blends the setting locations of Shanghai and San Francisco as three generations of women are pulled apart by outside forces. Booklist starred review.
– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services