Selected Books

King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King by Daniel de Vise (Grove/Atlantic)

Longlisted for the PEN Award “Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist De Visé amply demonstrates his masterful storytelling and research skills in this definitive look at legendary blues musician B.B. King . . .An intimate portrait of a cultural luminary . . . … Continue reading

Eat Like a Human: Nourishing Foods and Ancient Ways of Cooking to Revolutionize Your Health

 by Dr. Bill Schindler (Little, Brown Spark) “If you are confused about what to eat, tossed about in the storm of conflicting dietary advice, Eat Like a Human provides a refreshing, unique perspective on the origins of the human diet, … Continue reading

Rigged Justice: How the College Admissions Scandal Ruined an Innocent Man’s Life

 by John Vandemoer (HarperOne) “Vandemoer’s earnestness is apparent throughout his tale of intrigue and ruination, making it easy to empathize with his predicament and root for him to successfully rebuild his life. Expertly told, this powerful story will have readers … Continue reading

Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Heroic Struggle for America’s Heartland

 by Peter Cozzens (Knopf), Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize “An enthralling, deeply researched dual biography of Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his younger brother… Cozzens’s cinematic narrative is steeped in Native American culture and laced with vivid battle scenes … Continue reading

When Truth Is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted

by Jim McCloskey with Phil Lerman (Doubleday), Foreword by John Grisham “A riveting and infuriating examination of criminalprosecutions, revealing how easy it is to convict the wrong person and how nearly impossible it is to undo the error.” —Washington Post … Continue reading

When Evil Lived in Laurel: The “White Knights” and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer

by Curtis Wilkie (WW Norton) “I’m a longtime admirer of Curtis Wilkie’s deep and insightful work, and his chilling journey through the KKK’s murder of Vernon Dahmer will stay with you long after you close this book. This kind of … Continue reading

The Rise of the G.I. Army, 1940-1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor

 by Paul Dickson (Grove/Atlantic)  “Reading about the birth of the country’s citizen Army before World War II is a profoundly heartening experience. With all they are facing today, Americans need Dickson’s reminder of this momentous accomplishment.”―New York Times Book Review … Continue reading

A Demon-Haunted Land: Witches, Wonder Doctors, and the Ghosts of the Past in Post–WWII Germany

by Monica Black (Metropolitan Books) “Evocative . . . epic . . . How do societies that commit monstrous atrocities recover from them?. . . Chock-full of colorful anecdotes and charismatic figures, A Demon-Haunted Land not only offers a brilliant … Continue reading

The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign

“An excellent chronicle of JFK’s innovations, his true personality, and how close he came to losing.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review “The exciting and illuminating tale of John F. Kennedy’s calculated run for the presidency . . . a very compelling … Continue reading

Dragon’s Jaw: An epic Story of Courage and Tenacity in Vietnam (Da Capo) by Stephen Coonts and Barrett Tillman

“Master military storytellers Coonts and Tillman have impressively combined their literary firepower to craft a detailed and eminently readable tale about the long­ sought take-down of the notorious Thanh Hoa Bridge. Dragon’s Jaw reads like the powerful thriller that it … Continue reading

The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West (Knopf) by Peter Cozzens

Winner of the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History and the 2017 Caroline Bancroft History Prize; Finalist for the Western Writers of America’s 2017; A Times "History Book of the Year" and A Smithsonian "Top History Book of 2016"; Shortlisted … Continue reading

Running Man: A Memoir of Ultra-Endurance (Scribner) by Charlie Engle

“First-time author Engle’s fascinating account of the high and low points of his life as an ultramarathon runner is written with cinematic quality…uplifting and inspirational.” –-Publishers Weekly “Running Man will make you cry, laugh, cheer out loud, redefine what you … Continue reading

Six Encounters with Lincoln: A President Confronts Democracy and Its Demons (Viking) by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

Winner of the Barondess/Lincoln Award from The Civil War Round Table of New York “Fascinating reading. . .this book eerily reflects some of today’s key issues.” – The New York Times Book Review “This history aims at deconstructing Lincoln’s mythic … Continue reading

The Comeback: Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France (Grove/Atlantic) by Daniel De Vise

“De Visé’s account stands out owing to its depth of coverage, captivating prose, and variety of historical and contemporary news sources. An impressive read for anyone interested in cycling.” ―Library Journal

Sex Money Murder: A Story of Crack, Blood, and Betrayal (WW Norton) by Jonathan Green

A 2019 Edgar Award Nominee and a CrimeReads Best Crime Book of the Year “Exceptionally authentic.”― Jill Leovy, The New York Times Book Review ” Sex Money Murder is a ferocious and long-overdue piece of true storytelling about a time … Continue reading

War at the End of the World: Douglas MacArthur and the Forgotten Fight for New Guinea, 1942-1945 (Dutton Caliber) By James P. Duffy

“A meaty, engrossing narrative history… This will likely stand as the definitive account of the New Guinea campaign.” —The Christian Science Monitor “A vivid and well-researched chronicle of a ‘forgotten fight’ that was crucial to Allied victory…gives those who were … Continue reading

The World’s Largest Man, a Memoir (HarperCollins) by Harrison Scott Key

Winner of The Thurber Prize for American Humor Consistently seasoned with laughs, this memoir is adroitly warm and deep when it is called for. An uncommonly entertaining story replete with consistent wit and lethal weaponry. — Kirkus Review “I’ve rediscovered … Continue reading

My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today (Knopf) by Nora Pouillon

A sparkling memoir. . . . Much more than a memoir of one woman’s career in food, the book also provides a picture of the growth of the organic food movement in the U.S…. Pouillon’s story is also a feminist … Continue reading

Congratulations, Who Are You Again?: A Memoir (HarperCollins) By Harrison Scott Key

A Good Housekeeping Book of the Month A keenly observed account of the publishing process, written with a surprising sense of distance considering his first book was published in the last three years. Hilarious and illuminating.— Booklist For all of … Continue reading

The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation by Thomas Fleming (Da Capo)

Prolific historian Fleming delivers a vivid, opinionated history of this conflict…. and a fascinating case that Jefferson’s charisma which peaked early with the Declaration of Independence was accompanied by fanciful political beliefs that continue to exert a malign influence on … Continue reading

The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes (Crown/PenguinRandomHouse Group) by Scott Wallace

A Booklist Top Ten Literary Travel Book of 2012 Winner of silver Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Wallace’s foreboding is matched by his sense of wonder. — New York Times Book Review A rousing adventure … Continue reading

The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America’s Most Powerful Trial Lawyer (Crown/PenguinRandom House Group) by Curtis Wilkie

Riveting….a remarkable illustration of how far the mighty can fall.–Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Reads like a John Grisham novel. An epic tale of backbiting, shady deal-making and greed. Masterful. –Wall Street Journal The Fall of the House of Zeus is … Continue reading

The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat (Spiegal & Grau/Random House Group) By Meg Lukens Noonan

Winner of American Society of Journalists and Authors “Outstanding Book Award, General Nonfiction” Lush writing and eagle-eyed reportage uncloak the insular world of bespoke fashion. . . . Outfitted with an infectious curiosity and enviable eye for detail, the seasoned … Continue reading

Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street’s Largest Hedge Fund Disaster (Random House) Barbara T. Dreyfuss

Named One of the Top Ten Business & Economic Books of the Season by Publishers Weekly Regulators, legislators and judges inclined to sympathize with the industry ought to rush to buy a copy of Barbara Dreyfuss’s Hedge Hogs, a wonderfully … Continue reading

The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox (Broadway/Random House Group) by Nina Burleigh

[In] this powerful example of narrative non-fiction, Burleigh, who parses how the Knox trial was perhaps tainted, still presents a fair and unbiased portrait of a girl adrift in a foreign legal system and a culture rife with preconceptions about … Continue reading

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse (Clarkson Potter) by Mimi Thorisson

In this warm and inviting collection, Thorisson brings readers into her farmhouse in Médoc. While the appeal of this collection rests firmly on its recipes, the photographs capture life in the French countryside. Sidebars on everything from dried grapevines and … Continue reading

Naturally Vegetarian: Recipes and Stories from My Italian Family Farm: A Cookbook (Avery) by Valentina Solfrini

 “Stunning full-page photos transport the reader to the Italian countryside, while recipes up the ante on vegetarian and plant-based cooking.”—Publishers Weekly “Valentina’s charming stories and breathtaking images will make you want to hop on a plane to cook alongside her … Continue reading

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating (Abrams) by Lauren Liess

 “In her first book, famed DC-based interior designer and blogger of Pure Style Home brings readers back to the basics by breaking down room essentials (color, texture, lighting) and incorporating natural components into the home (cue backyard greenery). Stunningly simple, … Continue reading

The Art of War: A Jake Grafton Novel (St Martin’s) By Stephen Coonts

“Stephen Coonts proves once again, he is the master of the ship. This time in the terrorist infested high seas where Grafton and Carmellini, are fully-kitted, synched, and on target. Pirate Alley is full-steam-ahead, action-packed, chaotic, and final–but with black … Continue reading

Saucer: Savage Planet, A Novel (St. Martins) by Stephen Coonts

The third in the Saucer series is, like its predecessors, science fiction in the grand pulp tradition…. a story that feels like it came off the pages of a 1940s or ’50s sf magazine, with deliberately dubious science, flashy characters, … Continue reading

Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral (Hachette Book Group) by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays

Quill Award Finalist; Book Sense Pick; 200,000 copies sold Metcalfe, a lifelong Southerner who’s been hiding out in the social circles of Greenville, Miss., exposes the culinary and cultural last rites of the deep South in a fashion that is … Continue reading

Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game (Gotham Books/Penguin RandomHouse Group) By John Sexton with Thomas Oliphant and Peter J. Schwartz, Foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin 

A New York Times bestseller A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Sports Books An elegant little meditation on life and the afterlife, well worth reading while waiting for spring. –Kirkus A surprisingly profound new look at America’s national pastime. –Booklist

Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick (Bloomsbury) by Paul Dickson

Winner of the Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of 2012  “Bill Veeck incorporates the picaresque anecdotes and populist charm of Veeck’s memoirs into a narrative marked by Mr. Dickson’s broad knowledge and fluid authority. The result is a biography … Continue reading

A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa (W. W. Norton & Company) by Steve Kemper 

A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction of the Year A spirited reconstruction of the arduous five-year trek into Central Africa by Heinrich Barth (1821-1865), a German scientist exploring for England. A nicely rounded literary study of an intrepid explorer undone by … Continue reading

Heart in the Right Place, A Memoir (Algonquin Books) by Carolyn Jourdan 

Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year; Book Sense Best Book Club Book; Family Circle Magazine’s First Ever Book of the Month; Elle Magazine Reader’s Prize; The Literary Guild Selection; Doubleday Book Club; American Compass Book Club; Satellite Sisters Radio … Continue reading

Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through His Private Letters (Viking Press) by Elizabeth Brown Pryor

Winner of the Lincoln Prize Pryor has taken an icon and given us the soul of a complex man and his turbulent age and has delivered it wrapped in lithe and graceful prose that many novelists might envy. She has, … Continue reading

The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace By Aaron David Miller (Bantam/PeguinRandom House Group)

Extraordinary. Miller evinces genuine compassion for both sides in the conflict, while maintaining a detachment that allows him to draw hard conclusions. Miller’s writing is both approachable and deeply smart. Publishers Weekly, starred review A book of great significance, owing … Continue reading

Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse (Basic Books) by Jay Rubenstein

Winner of the 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Emerson Book Award  [A] rich harvest of legends and writings from the period, often apocalyptic in nature, that give us a keener insight into the minds of those who lived these tumultuous years. … Continue reading

Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder (Bloomsbury) by Stephen Molton and Gus Russo 

“Relying on past histories and innumerable interviews, the authors vividly reconstruct the Cold War atmosphere of the ’60s…A serious, intriguing look at the blood feud whose horrible consequences continue to reverberate.”—Kirkus Reviews “Gus Russo and Stephen Molton have fashioned heroic … Continue reading

Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States (Yale University Press) By Trita Parsi 

Winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Improving World Order  “A penetrating, provocative, and very timely study that deciphers how U.S. policy in the Middle East has been manipulated both by Iran and by Israel even as relations between these two … Continue reading

Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (Thomas Dunne Books)

New York Times Bestseller [A] gripping account, filled with amazing detail, of an otherwise secret world. Shaffer has the instincts of a thriller writer and the knowledge and perspective of the professional insider. [A] fascinating page-turner.–Doug Stanton, Author of Horse … Continue reading

Ethan Allen: His Life and Times (W. W. Norton & Company) by Willard Sterne Randall 

A Main Selection of the History Book Club The definitive biography of the frontier hero and founder of Vermont. Authoritative, vivid. Colorful, well-written and nuanced.– Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review A rich portrait, incorporates a wealth of research and colorful detail … Continue reading

Scorpion Down: Sunk by the Soviets, Buried by the Pentagon: The Untold Story of the USS Scorpion (Basic Books) By Ed Offley 

A searing account of this tragedy at sea.—Booklist An astoundingly detailed picture of the last cruise of a nuclear attack submarine. Highly recommended.—Library Journal Offley’s superb research [offers] a rare and frightening insight into a long-forgotten Cold War incident. A … Continue reading

Colorblind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line (Grove/Atlantic) by Tom Dunkel 

Journalist Dunkel has not only researched and presented a virtually forgotten but very significant piece of sports history, he has also done it in a very entertaining, narrative nonfiction style. It will become required reading among those who feel we … Continue reading

Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family’s Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers by Thomas Oliphant (Thomas Dunne Books/Macmillan)

New York Times Bestseller The story builds to a beautiful and moving resolution, proving that the true center of this book is not the seventh game of the World Series. The heart of the story is the love of a … Continue reading

Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair (Random House) by Anthony Arthur

[A] well-researched, balanced and fascinating portrait of a self-centered feminist who didn’t understand women, a muckraker whose naïveté left him constantly vulnerable to human treachery, and a complex, bestselling celebrity who was often dismissed as a propagandist by the literary … Continue reading

Maggie Austin Cake: Artistry and Technique (Houghton Mifflin) By Maggie Austin

“With one look at this lavish debut, readers will understand why former ballerina Austin’s museum-worthy cakes are so hotly in demand. More than 30 exquisite cake and cookie designs unfold, each a triumph of flowers, ruffles, pearls, lace, and painted … Continue reading