Books: Your Summer Reading List
These newly released books offer the perfect entertainment during the dog-days of summer.
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach (W W Norton & Company)
If you’ve ever read anything by Mary Roach, you’ll recognize her sincere curiosity and humorous approach as she dissects serious topics. This time around The New York Times best-selling writer delves into the psychology of war and explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.
How the Post Office Created America: A History by Winifred Gallagher (Penguin Press) The least appreciated and analyzed of America’s great institutions is finally given some overdue credit. Winifred Gallagher examines its rich history and its role in all the major events in American history, from the Declaration of Independence to The Civil War to the advent of the Internet.
Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin by David Kaufman (St. Martin’s Press) Mary Martin was one of the greatest stars of her day. Peopled with legends like Ethel Merman, Ezio Pinza, Noel Coward, and a starry cast of thousands, David Kaufman’s biography is the story of a woman who described herself as a chicken farmer from Texas only to become Peter Pan and capture America’s heart.
American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday) On February 4, 1974, the heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped by a group of self- styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story unfolded with many incredible twists and weird turns. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, Jeffrey Toobin digs deep to deliver the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history.
A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams (William Morrow)