18 Books to Watch for in May 2012
This month, we delve into the past with a reissued classic from W. Somerset Maugham, a found cookbook from Elizabeth Gilbert's grandmother, and new historical fiction set in WWI.
O, The Oprah Magazine |
April 20, 2012
Whether adrift on the Atlantic in a leaky, overcrowded vessel or on trial for murder, Grace, the narrator of Charlotte Rogan's riveting debut novel knows how to take care of herself.
When first published in 1947, At Home on the Range, by Margaret Yardley Potter, must have seemed a shockingly non-girly truth-talking cookbook and life guide.
Tormented by the atrocities he witnessed while fighting in the Korean War, Frank Money, the central character of Toni Morrison's profound novel, returns to a racist America where there's little sanctuary for a deeply traumatized black veteran.
The novel closely follows the personages and events of the 20th-century ballet world: the longtime collaboration between Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky; the complicated relationship between Le Clercq and Balanchine's best frenemy, choreographer Jerome Robbins; the rise of such powerful performers as later muse Suzanne Farrell.
An almost-hundred-year-old novel asks perennial, modern questions.
In the first paragraph of Nell Freudenberger's winning novel, we meet Amina—coatless, in slippers, running to the mailbox, announcing silently to her new neighbors that she has come to stay. But where did she come from, and why?
Yes, you can laugh while having your consciousness raised; this Pakistani immigrant's memoir of aspiring to be the ideal Englishman proves it.
In this engrossing novel, a would-be journalist unearths scandalous secrets at her prep school with the help of a famous reporter's ghost.
A gripping novel about two North Korean girls forced into the international sex trade.
A literary thriller about a boy who tries to protect his autistic brother from religious zealotry.
The Dominican novelist's beguiling memoir of family and culture centers on the nuptials of a man who is like a son to her.' '
A man's passionate secret lover crying rape is just one of the plot twists in this smart novel set in Europe on the cusp of World War I.
The singer-songwriter and liberal activist explores the highs and lows of a career that's spanned more than half a century (so far).
Whether you agree or disagree with their decision, you'll be unable to turn away from the heartbreaking true story of a paralyzed man and the devoted brother who helps him die.
Set in an English manor house in the early 20th century, this broad comedy of manners takes an unexpectedly dark turn when strangers appear.
A writer known for his obsessive—and frequently hilarious—quests sets out to live long or die trying.
Delia Ephron's latest novel, The Lion Is In (Blue Rider), is a gentle fable that finds three women traveling on a dusty North Carolina highway, all desperately trying to escape something.