Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Release Tuesday

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

Laura Miller writing at Salon.com says that Frank Brady's biography "presents Fischer's story with an almost Olympian evenhandedness that ends up making it far more absorbing than any sensationalized account." Janet Maslin in the New York Times agrees, calling Endgame, "a rapt, intimate book, greatly helped by its author’s long acquaintance with Fischer." Both reviewers agree, further, that it's not necessary to have a deep knowledge of either the game or the world of chess to read and appreciate this biography.




Taboo is, apparently, a hugely talented MC, dancer, actor, and founding member of the Black Eyed Peas. No doubt, somebody--probably many somebodies--will want to read his memoir.
Howard Thurston was a contemporary of Harry Houdini and, in their day, more successful and well known. Kenneth Silverman, reviewing magician Jim Steinmeyer's biography of Thurston, The Last Greatest Magician in the World, in the Wall Street Journal, says that "when he writes from his own understanding and experience, "The Last Greatest Magician in the World" vividly conjures up Howard Thurston's troubled life and great illusions" (though he disagrees with the author's conclusion on the Thurston vs. Houdini debate).



Another bio of Bogie, because cool never goes out of style. EW's Keith Staskiewicz gives this one a B-, saying "it's not quite the stuff that dreams are made of."



I know that Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a popular cookbook, because I've sold lots of copies...but I don't know why, because I don't know who she is. And now she has an autobiography out. Fans, have at it!





GENERAL FICTION



I've been looking forward to Karen Russell's Swamplandia!, which has been described as "beautiful and lethal" (the Cleveland Plain Dealer) and "bewitching" (EW). I haven't heard any buzz about Journal of A UFO Investigator, but I love the cover.

YOUNG ADULT

Wouldn't be Tuesday without another entry in the ever-growing canon of dystopian young adult literature. Word is it's pretty good.

MYSTERIES



NONFICTION

Once again, nonfiction all over the store. From the New Age to business, sociology to true crime, a little something for everyone.










AND ONE FUNNY KIDS BOOK!




It's Weird Al. Yay!


Any good reviews to share this week? Link 'em up!










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