Plus Getaways Gone Wild and 3 Surprising Deep Dives
|Hi there! Today we’re seriously reconsidering our family getaways, getting nerdy with nonfiction deep dives, and revealing the best Canadian novel of the year.|
| ||The Bookends |
|Getaways Gone Bad|
|In Bookends, we pick an exciting new release and pair it with an older title readers will also love. This week: Weekend getaways planned with ulterior motives unravel in spectacular fashion.|
The New Release
|Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six |
|Hannah’s tech mogul brother funds a luxurious vacation for them, along with her best friend and their partners—but an unexpected arrival and a shocking revelation about the couples’ relationships lead to deadly violence.|
The Backlist Bump
|Best Day Ever |
|Paul and Mia have a picture-perfect life, but Mia’s been sick and needs a break, so Paul whisks her away to their lake house for “the best day ever”—but Paul’s idea of the best day might be Mia’s nightmare.|
| ||Guess The Writer|
- This writer once owned a Saab dealership; it went bankrupt within a year of opening.
- Before enlisting in the Army during WWII, he studied biochemistry at Cornell.
- As a POW, he survived the firebombing of Dresden, which inspired his most famous novel.
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| ||Ask a Librarian|
|Seeking nerdy nonfiction books about the history of something ordinary. Bonus points if there’s an audiobook version. Any ideas? - Christy|
|Hi, Christy! I think a microhistory is exactly what you’re looking for, and there are a ton of fascinating ones out there.|
Usually written by professors or journalists, microhistories focus on a single topic, following its evolution over the course of decades or centuries. The best microhistories use their subject as a lens for exploring history, culture, and society. Journalist Mark Kurlansky has made a career of writing deep dives on single subjects from fish (Cod) to cities (Havana). If you haven’t already discovered him, his work is a great place to start.
Between the Lines
Microhistories cover topics in almost every area of human knowledge, but food and drink are especially popular. Medicine and the science of the human body is a close second—check out Hair: a Human History for one surprising example.
Here are three recent, well-reviewed microhistories currently available as audiobooks:
|Index, a History of the |
|English professor Dennis Duncan combines history and humor with an in-depth look at the underappreciated pages at the back of a book.|
|The Red Menace |
|Journalist Ilise S. Carter traces the impact of lipstick in American history, exploring trends, social and cultural changes, and more.|
|The Car |
|As gas-powered cars give way to self-driving electric vehicles, Bryan Appleyard celebrates the 150-year evolution of the automobile.|
|Meet the Librarian|
Emily Calkins has worked at public libraries across the US. Tell her what you’re looking for!
|The Big Debut |
Sled dog musher and memoirist Blair Braverman makes her fiction debut with a “propulsive and twisty” (Esquire) survival-themed thriller, which bestselling author Kevin Wilson calls “sharply written [and] brilliantly paced.”
|Small Game |
|The contestants on a reality TV show face true danger when filming takes an unexpected turn.|
The Scotiabank Giller Prize is Canada’s most prestigious literary prize—and a great way for American readers to discover gems from our neighbors to the north. The 2022 winner, announced this week, is Suzette Mayr’s The Sleeping Car Porter.
|The Sleeping Car Porter |
|A young, secretly gay Black man working as porter on a cross-country train trip in 1929 deals with demanding passengers and, as fatigue sets in, hallucinations and secrets.|
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