On this President’s Day weekend, it’s time to take a look back at our history and who made us the country we are today with these books: Winter War by Eric Rauchway; John Marshall: The Man Who Made The Supreme Court by Richard Brookhiser; Behold, America by Sarah Churchwell; The Rise of Andrew Jackson by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler; and A Nation Forged by Crisis by Jay Sexton.
Trigger: A Frank Marr Novel
By David Swinson
Mulholland; hardcover, $27.00; available Tuesday, February 12
Frankie Marr returns in all his jittery, mordant brilliance, as he has kicked his addiction to cocaine, but he’s drinking more, and he has lost the woman he’s crazy about. The one thing that hasn’t changed is how he moves through the nation’s capital, balancing accounts his way.
How To Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a time of Transparency
By Akiko Busch
Penguin Press; 224 pages, hardcover; $26.00; available Tuesday, February 12
In an era in which people are on social media constantly sharing pictures and what they’re thinking at any given moment. We are encouraged to reveal, share, and promote ourselves, and that pressure does not just come just from our peers, but from vast and pervasive technology companies that want to profit from patterns in our behavior.
By Lee Goldberg
Thomas & Mercer; 288 pages, hardcover; $24.95; available Tuesday, February 12
Lee Goldberg, the author of more than thirty bestselling novels, introduced his new series featuring acclaimed author and reluctant hero Ian Ludlow in last year’s critically acclaimed True Fiction.
Now, Ludlow is back in the highly anticipated sequel Killer Thriller, which features the same, clever mix of exhilarating action, rapid-fire dialogue, and the sly subversion of genre tropes that made the debut of this series such a smash hit.
The Chef’s Secret
By Crystal King
Atria; paperback; $15.99; available Tuesday, February 12
Bartolomeo Scappi is a name that appears often in the archives of Italian cuisine, but not much is actually known about the life of the legendary chef who served the papacy and authored one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time. From a meatless holiday meal to a hearty one, he created over 1,000 recipes, most of which are staples of our diets today.
Building the Nation: Missed Opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan
By Heather Selma Gregg
Potomac Books; hardcover, 304 pages; $29.95
As the United States nears an agreement with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, it’s time to look at what the future could hold for that country and Iraq.
(Aaron Judge of the Yankees at the plate with the shift employed by the Miami Marlins against him on April 17th – Photo by Jason Schott)
The Mets have hired Russell Carleton, a longtime Baseball Prospectus writer, and Andrew Perpetua, a researcher, to work in their analytics department.
Carleton recently wrote a book, The Shift, on how baseball strategy has changed, giving a look into his mind and what he will bring to the Mets as they expand their analytics research. Below is my review from last April:
Lords Of The Desert: The Battle Between the United States and Great Britain for Supremacy in the Modern Middle East
By James Barr
Basic Books; hardcover, 464 pages; $35.00
The United States has been involved in battles in the Middle East for decades, from Desert Storm to the second Iraq war that began in 2003, to the current battle with ISIS.
America has always played a major role, but before the US came to dominate, Great Britain largely was in control.
(Andrea Bartz – photographed by Kate Lord)
Andrea Bartz, a journalist and essayist from Brooklyn, coauthored the blog and book Stuff Hipsters Hate in 2010. Her debut novel, The Lost Night, which is set in Williamsburg, is coming out on February 26, published by Crown.
She will be appearing at Books Are Magic (225 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, booksaremagic.net, 718-246-2665) on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in a discussion with fellow author Jason Diamond.
The Stranger Inside
By Laura Benedict
Mulholland Books; hardcover; $27.00; available today, February 5
What would you do if you came home to find a stranger living inside your house? That’s the question that Laura Benedict, an Edgar- and Thriller Award-nominated author, asks in her psychological drama The Stranger Inside.