One night in 1879, famed author Mark Twain tucked his young daughters into bed and regaled them with a fairy tale of his own creation. Now, 138 years later, the notes he composed about that story, discovered among his writings, form the basis of a new Twain tome The Purloining of Prince
– the tale of a boy who talks to animals and sets out to save an endangered prince – expanded and illustrated by the husband and wife team of Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead.
While the grandkiddies cosy up with Twain, you can dig into John Le Carré’s latest,
A Legacy of Spies, in which the 85-year-old author calls back to classics The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by bringing back famed spy George Smiley after a quarter century, along with his pal Peter Guillam, whose retirement is interrupted by Cold War complications. Salman Rushdie, meanwhile, weaves a tale of sex, money and mystique against the backdrop of Obama-era America in The Golden House.
Both film and Feud buffs will love Miss D and Me: Life with the
Invincible Bette Davis,
a first-hand glimpse into the Hollywood legend’s unique life and personality courtesy of Kathryn Sermak, one of her closest confidants. And from Tinseltown to the art and society scene of 1980s New York, bestselling author and New Yorker scribe Adam Gopnik recounts his move from Montreal to the Big Apple in the memoir At the Strangers’ Gate.