1. Gray Mountain John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148 2. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 3. The Burning Room Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $28, 9780316225939 4. Let Me Be Frank With You Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692062 5. Prince Lestat Anne Rice, Knopf, $28.95, 9780307962522
1. Yes Please Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341 2. Killing Patton Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682 3. Make It Ahead Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35, 9780307464880 4. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223 5. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
This surprising new Russian novel by an Irish theater director knocked my socks off!
With a maturity beyond his years, McKeon exposes the Chernobyl disaster through a luminous cast of characters – the teenage farm boy living 10 km from the reactor, the brilliant and conscientious young surgeon recruited to the scene, and the estranged wife and former journalist suppressed into an assembly line factory job – in this rare glimpse at a waning empire behind the Iron Curtain.
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air By Darragh McKeon (Harper Perennial) Recommended by Vicki at
Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady s, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known. Brock s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp, Hoppin John, and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps, Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy, and Baked Sea Island Red Peas. This is a very personal book, with headnotes that explain Brock s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes.
In which Ms. Lalita Tademy declines to give a recipe for sofki, Mr. Sean Brock is happy to give his recipe for pan-fried shad roe with bacon jam and collard kraut, her ladyship, the editor, spills the secret of Grandmother's famous cranberry bread.
HOLD LOVE STRONG by MATTHEW AARON GOODMAN – “Goodman’s relevant and enlightening debut novel belongs somewhere on the shelf between Richard Wright’s Native Son and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, both for its social importance and literary beauty. The novel is told in a series of vignettes, and centers around Abraham Singleton, a young man using all his available resources to navigate the housing projects of New York City. For Abraham, desperation and hope always coexist, but with the ups and downs of his life he finds one constant: the enduring love of his family. A brilliant read, everyone should be able to get into this coming of age story.” Amanda at Inkwood Book in Tampa, FL
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