THE FALL EDIT
12 Books to look out for, covering everything from Reagan to Reddit
Haruki Murakami’s latest, the epic Killing Commendatore, marks the return of a master. Finished on his deathbed, The Flame distills Leonard Cohen’s extraordinary life into sketches, lyrics, poems, and private diary entries. Esquire contributor Wesleyyang dissects pickup artists, school shooters, and tiger moms, among other contemporary phenomena, in the incisive, unsentimental The Souls of Yellow Folk. Bob Spitz’s exhaustive and evenhanded
Reagan (featuring hundreds of interviews and unprecedented access) provides the most thorough account yet of the Iran-contra scandal.
The magnetic entrepreneur Casey Gerald — a beautiful writer, as it turns out — chronicles his own unbelievable journey from public assistance to Ivy League football to the conference circuit in There Will Be No Miracles Here. For We Are the Nerds, Christine Lagorio-chafkin got complete access to Reddit, the Internet’s premier meme machine — all the way up to its ambivalent founders. The aptly titled Provocations collects a career’s worth of feisty essays from Camille Paglia, on topics ranging from the ongoing “canon wars” to her love of Joan Rivers.
Charlamagnetha God, the Howard Stern of hip-hop radio, gets as real as you’d expect in his memoir, Shook One. Another riveting true-life thriller from Ben Macintyre (author of
Spy Among Friends), The Spy and the Traitor tells the little-known story of a Russian agent working for MI6. From prominent feminist writer Rebeccatraister comes Good and Mad, a deeply researched treatise on female fury — its sources, its challenges, and its propulsive political power.
A posthumous collection from janitor-turned-virtuoso of the short storythom Jones,
Night Train features new and classic tales of blue-collar America. In Come with Me, Helen Schulman’s gripping novel for the information age, a disillusioned start-up employee agrees to beta-test an algorithm allowing users to access their alternateuniverse lives.