Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Spring At Last

So. Things to look forward to (besides the obvious transition of power going on today). Kirkus Reviews has just published its annual Spring & Summer Preview Special, which I think is worth a look. I contributed my own brief interviews with several authors about their new books, all of which were worth seeking out.

Look inside for more on Greg Grandin's Fordlandia, an epic examination of Henry Ford's doomed attempt to civilize the Amazon; Clancy Martin's caustic tale of brotherly love in the jewelry business, How To Sell; and a rumble in the jungle with the New Yorker's David Grann, whose Lost City of Z is an absolutely inspired page-turner (and a tome soon to be on the big screen with Brad Pitt in a starring role).

Elsewhere in the issue, you'll find previews of The Beats: A Graphic History by Harvey Pekar and other scribblers, as well as glimpses of new novels by Jodi Picoult, Robert Boswell, and Joe Queenan.

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