New books to look for­ward to in 2019

Gulf Times Community - - SHOWBIZ -

Any­body have a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to read more in 2019? Start here: 12 works of fic­tion and non­fic­tion that will make keep­ing that res­o­lu­tion an ab­so­lute cinch.

The First Con­sipiracy by Brad Meltzer and Joel Men­sch

Here’s what they didn’t teach you in your high school Amer­i­can his­tory class: There was an as­sas­si­na­tion plot against Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. Among the play­ers in the 1776 con­spir­acy were a group of Wash­ing­ton’s body­guards, the New York City mayor and the New York State gover­nor. Thriller writer Brad Meltzer brings a nov­el­ist’s flair to the dra­matic story, with an as­sist from his­to­rian Men­sch. (Flat­iron, Jan. 8)

The Dream­ers by Karen Th­mop­son Walker

In her new novel, the au­thor of The Age of Mir­a­cles gives new mean­ing to Shake­speare’s im­mor­tal words “to sleep, per­chance to dream.” Stu­dents and lo­cals in a small Cal­i­for­nia col­lege town fall into slum­ber and don’t awake; doc­tors are stunned to record un­prece­dented lev­els of ac­tiv­ity in the sleep­ers’ brains. We pre­dict this one could keep read­ers up all night. (Ran­dom House, Jan. 15) Maid by Stephanie Land “My daugh­ter learned to walk in a home­less shel­ter.” This is the open­ing line of Land’s mem­oir of life on the mar­gins, subti­tled Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Sur­vive. With a fore­word by Bar­bara Ehren­re­ich (Nickel and Dimed), the book tells how Land raised a child while work­ing part time clean­ing rich peo­ple’s houses and shines a pow­er­ful light on the stigma faced by the poor in Amer­ica. (Ha­chette, Jan. 22)

Black Leop­ard, Red Wolf by Mar­lon James

Fan­tasy fic­tion gets a shot of adren­a­line in this first book of the Dark Star tril­ogy, writ­ten by the Booker Prize-win­ning au­thor of

A Brief His­tory of Seven Killings. In­spired by the rich­ness of African mythol­ogy and land­scapes, Black Leop­ard tells the story of Tracker, a hunter charged with find­ing a boy has been miss­ing three years. (River­head, Feb. 5)

Park­land by Dave Cullen Ten years af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of Columbine, his ac­claimed chron­i­cle of the Colorado school shoot­ing that rocked the na­tion in 1999, jour­nal­ist Cullen trav­els to Park­land, Fla., to re­port on the af­ter­math of the shoot­ing at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School. This time, how­ever, he fo­cuses on the sur­vivors and the gun con­trol move­ment they launched, along with young black ac­tivists from Chicago, Bal­ti­more and else­where. (Harper, Feb. 12)

The Lady From The Black La­goon by Mal­lory O’Meara

None but the most diehard of Hol­ly­wood fa­nat­ics is fa­mil­iar with the name of Mil­i­cent Pa­trick. But if you’ve seen The Crea­ture from the Black La­goon, you know Pa­trick’s most iconic cre­ation _ for which a jeal­ous male col­league took credit. Film­maker and pod­caster O’Meara res­ur­rects the story of this path-break­ing an­i­ma­tor, who de­signed mon­sters in the spe­cial ef­fects makeup de­part­ment of Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios in its 1950s hey­day. (Hanover Square Press, March 5)

We Were Rich And We Didn’t Know It by Tom Phe­lan

Born in Ire­land’s County Laois in 1940, Phe­lan is a for­mer priest, long­time cus­to­dian in the Gar­den City pub­lic schools and a nov­el­ist. In this evoca­tive mem­oir, with echoes of Frank McCourt, he re­calls his up­bring­ing on an Ir­ish farm with­out elec­tric­ity, tele­phone or in­door plumb­ing. A glos­sary of Ir­ish ver­nac­u­lar is help­fully pro­vided. (Gallery, March 5)

Quee­nie by Candice Car­tyWil­liams

The pro­tag­o­nist of this de­but novel has been billed as the “black Brid­get Jones” and comes from Eng­land buoyed by praise from Jojo Moyes. Quee­nie Jenk­ins is a 25-year-old Ja­maican-Bri­tish woman, a news­pa­per re­porter in Lon­don, forced to re-eval­u­ate her life choices af­ter a bad breakup with her white boyfriend. A trio of girl­friends of­fers sup­port via text mes­sages; we can’t wait to meet them all. (Scout Press, March 19)

Lost And Wanted by Nell Freuden­berger

Pro­fes­sor He­len Clapp re­ceives a text mes­sage from an old friend— noth­ing out of the or­di­nary, ex­cept that Char­lotte Boyce, her Har­vard room­mate, has just died, trag­i­cally young, of lu­pus. Is it re­ally Char­lotte? The tex­ter seems to know things only Char­lotte could, and the re­al­iza­tion rocks He­len’s world. From the au­thor of The New­ly­weds. (Al­fred A. Knopf, April 2)

Maybe You Should Talk To Some­one by Lori Got­tlieb

What hap­pens when a ther­a­pist goes into ther­apy? That’s the story told in this book by the psy­chother­a­pist who writes the Dear Ther­a­pist col­umn for The At­lantic mag­a­zine. With to­tal can­dor, Got­tlieb share her own story and those of her pa­tients — a woman di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer af­ter re­turn­ing from her hon­ey­moon, a self-ab­sorbed TV pro­ducer who pays Got­tlieb in cash so his wife won’t know, a di­vorced 69-year-old who be­lieves her life has been one long mis­take. (Houghton Mif­flin Har­court, April 2)

Ex­ha­la­tion by Ted Chi­ang The Port Jef­fer­son-born sci­ence fic­tion au­thor— win­ner of sev­eral Hugo and Neb­ula awards — is out with a sec­ond col­lec­tion of mind­bend­ing sto­ries. (A story from his first book, Sto­ries of Your Life and Oth­ers, was the ba­sis for the film Ar­rival with Amy Adams.) Chi­ang pub­lishes so rarely — Sto­ries of Your Life came out in 2002— and is so good that this book qual­i­fies as an event. (Al­fred A. Knopf, May 8)

Floyd Har­bor by Joel Mowdy Raised with 12 sib­lings in Mas­tic Beach, Mowdy tells 12 sto­ries of work­ing-class life on the East End in the 1990s. Among the touch­stones you’ll find in this col­lec­tion: Kool cig­a­rettes, bowl­ing al­leys, Suf­folk County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Greek din­ers, 7-Eleven hot dogs, LIRR sta­tions. This is an un­var­nished Long Is­land book that many lo­cal read­ers will pas­sion­ately re­late to. (Cat­a­pult, May 14)

— News­day/ TNS

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Qatar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.