Novelist Alice Hoffman, best known for her more than 30 bestselling adult novels, turns her focus to middle-grade fiction with her newest work, the deliciously magical “Nightbird.” Like strawberry-rhubarb pie, the story, intended for ages 10 and up, is an enchanting combination of tart and sweet, of ancient curses and modern realism.
Sven Beckert‘s new book, “Empire of Cotton,” is the epitome of modern historiography – a marvel of meticulous scholarship, continually insightful, detailed but not conflated and wonderfully entertaining.
Spring used to be the shoulder season in the publishing industry, after the big holiday blockbusters and before the waves of “summer reads.” Now it’s hard to categorize – one of 2015’s big books, Erik Larson’s “Dead Wake,” about the sinking of the Lusitania, popped up on the first of March. English writer Helen Macdonald’s memoir “H is For Hawk,” a memoir of Macdonald’s mourning for her father by training a goshawk, is already one of the “it” books of the year, and also came out March 1.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast takes an unflinching look at aging, dying and death in her illustrated memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" (Bloomsbury, $28). The book deals with the care of her parents and their things before and after they died. The 60-year-old grew up in Brooklyn, the only child of older parents.
To express her love to Judy Blume, a 1970s tween would have had to write a letter. These days, a young reader enchanted by YA books - by, say, author Rainbow Rowell - can make nail art that matches a book cover and share it on Tumblr, where the author herself might see and share it with her followers.
James O. Born has always been fascinated with K-9 units. One memory stands out: It happened in January 1995, after a prison break at Glades Correctional Institute (the event inspired Elmore Leonard's "Out of Sight" and later prompted the Miami Herald headline "I slept with a murderer"). Born, a former U.S. Drug Enforcement agent, was on the task force to track down the escapees.