David Sedaris has been praised for his humor by the likes of Francine Prose, Craig Seligman and even Time Out New York, who said "David Sedaris may be the funniest man alive."
We think his new book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is further proof of the author's wit and hilarity. As our reviewer points out, even though success has brought Sedaris out of his previously tragic life, he still has no problem turning his experiences into humorous material:
Although his life is certainly much happier now than when he was hooked on drugs or working as a department store elf, Sedaris still finds plenty of absurdity in the airports, hotels, book tours and vacation-home renovations that now fill his days. Sedaris is the sort of writer who can make standing in line at a coffee shop an occasion for gleeful, vicarious outrage (and in less time than it takes to steam a cappuccino).
What do you think of the absurd title of the author's new book? What are you reading today?
In 1942, a U.S. cargo plane crashed into a Greenland ice cap. Days later, a rescue plane crashed in the same area as well. All nine men aboard survived. Then another rescue plane sent to find the survivors vanished.
Throughout the book, Zuckoff shines the spotlight on the often overlooked Coast Guard and shows us that some of the most dangerous missions and heroic efforts don't take place on the battlefield.
Read our review here and watch the book trailer containing footage of the recovery mission:
Will you read Frozen in Time? What other nonfiction have you read lately?
In the book, two men meet three years after a counter-terrorist operation goes terribly wrong. Together they decide to tell the truth about what really happened, exposing a shocking cover-up that has the potential to topple governments.
A Delicate Truth is also our top pick in mystery this month! Read our review on BookPage.com here.
Watch the book trailer by Viking:
Are you a le Carré fan? What do you think of A Delicate Truth?
In Helene Wecker's magical debut, two supernatural creatures meet in New York City to forge a redemptive friendship.
Chava is a golem, created out of clay to be her late master's wife. Ahmad is a jinni, a creature of fire, trapped for years in a copper flask before a tinsmith released him.
Together, Chava and Ahmad negotiate the harsh streets of turn-of-the-century NYC, encountering new people and cultures. The Golem and the Jinni weaves together fable and historical fiction in what our reviewer calls a "wonderful tale for our time."
Read the rest of our review here and watch the book trailer:
Are you a fantasy reader like me? Will you read The Golem and the Jinni?
From saliva to fecal transplants, Roach approaches her subject matter with the obsession of a scientist and as our reviewer suggests, the fascination of a teenager.
Roach... draws vivid if unorthodox comparisons (she likens a colonoscope to a bartender’s soda gun) and asks all the questions you’re too self-conscious to Google, plus others that have never occurred to you (can farts cure cancer?). Along the way she sneaks in sly critiques of bureaucracy, bigotry, animal cruelty and other less-than-noble human behavior. You may be grossed out, but you’ll also be impressed.
What are you reading today?
When lawyer Kate Baron gets a call saying that her star-student teenage daughter has been suspended for cheating, she is shocked. But that's nothing compared to what happens when she arrives at the school and is told that Amelia has committed suicide.
Kate can't believe her daughter would have thrown herself off the roof, and when she receives an anonymous text claiming it wasn't a suicide, she embarks on a mission to uncover the truth behind her daughter's tragic end.
Kimberly McCreight creates a thoroughly contemporary novel in Reconstructing Amelia. The chapters switch perspectives from Kate to Amelia while text messages and Facebook posts shed light on the hours and minutes just before Amelia's death. Center stage is the relationship between mother and daughter and the secrets they both shared and kept.
Read our review of the book here and watch the book trailer put out by Harper:
What do you think of Reconstructing Amelia? What are you reading today?
After the second world war's end, baseball players left the trenches for the baseball field and the modern era of baseball began. Players like Jackie Robinson emerged as one of baseball's greatest players while established players like DiMaggio, Williams and Feller returned to the sport.
Robert Weintraub, author of The House that Ruth Built, returns to the subject of baseball, shedding light on an era that new generations of baseball fans never experienced and will doubtless be fascinated by.
The Victory Season serves as a great kick off to the spring baseball season and may also make an interesting gift for fathers and husbands as Father's Day approaches.
Read our review here and watch the book trailer put out by Hachette:
Are you a baseball fan? Will you read The Victory Season or give it as a gift?
On a trip to Nantucket in 1996, Amy Brill was intrigued by the story of a 19th-century young Quaker girl named Maria Mitchell, who pursued a life of math and science even though university training was not open to her.
Inspired by Mitchell, Amy Brill's debut novel The Movement of Stars chronicles the 19th-century life of Hannah Gardner Price. Much like Mitchell, Hannah scans the skies each night in hopes of discovering a comet, which would allow her to win the scientific acclaim that has so far eluded her as a woman.
Interwoven with Hannah's struggle to be recognized as an astronomer is her love affair with Isaac Martin, a young man whom she takes on as a student before developing a deeper relationship that threatens her standing in the community and changes her beliefs about work and love.
Read Amy Brill's behind-the-book essay where she explains how she crafted fiction from Maria Mitchell's remarkable life story. "To get to the heart of that girl, on the roof, searching the night sky for something that would change her life, I was going to have to invent her, and the people around her as well: friends and foes, her loved ones and her beloved, " Brill explains.
Will you read The Movement of Stars? What are you reading today?
From He's Just Not that Into You to Steve Harvey's Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, women have gotten a lot of advice about how to deal with men.
But I doubt that any other relationship book has had a cuter book trailer than Get the Guy by Matthew Hussey.
These first grade girls are adorable, and great actresses too!
Lines like "Maggie, You are a beautiful, strong-willed, independent girl and if Johnny doesn't see that, it's his loss" sound funny coming from such a young girl's mouth but I've probably said something similarly cliched to some of my friends. It makes me wonder, do I sound just as silly as they do?
Watch the book trailer that already has almost 2 million views on Youtube:
Are these girls not so cute? What are you reading today?
The book takes place in the summer of 1961 in New Bremen, Minnesota and chronicles the tragic events that pulls a young boy's family apart and jump starts his transition into adulthood.
Writing with aching clarity, Krueger deftly shows that even in life’s moments of unimaginable sadness there is beauty to be found. Don’t take the title too literally, for Krueger has produced something that is anything but ordinary.
What do you think of William Kent Krueger's departure from mystery to more literary fiction? Will you add Ordinary Grace to your reading list?