12 Books to look out for, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from Rea­gan to Red­dit

Esquire Middle East - - BOOKS - — ADRI­ENNE WESTENFELD

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.


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