I really love to hear when people get new books, so I decided I’m going to try to do more posts sharing some of the books that arrive at my house — here’s some of what I found in my mailbox in September.
The News Sorority by Sheila Weller (Sept. 30 from Penguin Press) – After decades of male dominance, three women – Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour – have made it into the boys club. Lady journalists being awesome? I’m sold.
Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? by Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek (Sept. 22 from Princeton University Press) – Neuroscientists Verstynen and Voytek look at what the common characteristics of zombies reveal about how their brains work. I’m excited to see how the book combines satire with neuroscience research. This feels like a great read for Halloween.
Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson (Nov. 11 from Harper) – What do archaeologists actually do? Johnson (author of This Book is Overdue!) looks at what it means to be a contemporary archaeologist trying to piece together the past. I love books about weird jobs.
Why Football Matters by Mark Edmundson (Sept. 4 from Penguin Press) – Edmundson, a former high school football player, looks at the way football shapes the men who play it. I’m excited to read this book in conjunction with another recent football book, Against Football by Steve Almond.
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel (Sept. 30 from Henry Holt) – After my success with short stories in Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress, I’m excited to try more of the genre. These unsettling stories by Hilary Mantel seem like they’ll be right up my alley. I also adore the cover of this one.
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom (July 29 from Random House) – This book was the September pick for the Riot Read, a monthly surprise book club organized by Book Riot. I don’t know much about this one other than the folks at Book Riot loved it. I’m excited to give it a try!