15 Books to Watch for in February 2011
The shocking effects of princesses on young minds, long-awaited truths about one of the most secretive writers, and more stunning reads.
O, The Oprah Magazine |
January 24, 2011
The cultural critic looks at how beauty pageants, Disney princesses, and Miley Cyrus are shaping young minds. Hint: It isn't pretty.
A 16-year-old named Nora goes missing from her tight-knit community one Halloween night and is never seen or heard from again.
A twisted love triangle involving a straitlaced doctor, a woman with a dark secret, and a senator's son turned convict is at the center of this gripping novel. To order, go online to
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She's a Yale history professor who's uncovered a mysterious ancient text in Oxford's Bodleian Library; he's a geneticist with a lab nearby. She's also a New England witch; he's a 1,500-year-old vampire. This intriguing pair are the lovers at the center of A Discovery of Witches, the romantic, erudite, and suspenseful first novel by Deborah Harkness.
Girls go wild for David Cassidy in this funny, tender novel about first
love—and whether we ever really grow out of it.
Fort Hood, Texas, is the largest military installation in the free world—340 square miles, as Siobhan Fallon notes in her fascinating You Know When the Men Are Gone. Fort Hood also functions as a small town; everyone in these eight interconnected tales knows everyone else's business—or tries to.
An American mother recounts her struggle to adjust to a new life in Beijing—and then face another challenge, this one medical.
Kenneth Slawenski's exhaustively researched, affectionate biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life, should partially satisfy curiosity about the writer, although it finds neither bombshell nor masterpiece. Instead, drawing on never-before-published letters, fiction, and photographs, Slawenski weaves literary criticism with the author's personal history.
In this quietly powerful debut, a fictional Nigerian doctor walks the streets of New York, meeting up with strangers and old acquaintances.
An American reporter who moves to the Middle East paints an intimate portrait of civilian life in war-torn Baghdad and Beirut.
Little Princes is the story of Conor Grennan's accidental career as a rescuer of displaced kids in Nepal.
Now widowed, a wife of 47 years explains how she came to terms with the hidden demons of the man she married.
The author of House of Sand and Fog reveals a youth spent fighting on the streets and in the ring—and a lifetime of trying to connect with his father.
Set in the Florida Everglades, this impressively self-assured debut novel may be the best book you'll ever read about a girl trying to save her family's alligator-wrestling theme park.
Screenwriter Jackson is laugh-out-loud funny in these essays about turning you-know-what.