16 New Books to Get Lost in This April
A novel of the open road, a memoir of childhood in Alaska—and Baltimore, new work from William H. Gass, fiction from the point of view of a fly and more!
O, The Oprah Magazine |
March 07, 2013
Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers (Scribner) is the saga of an electric young woman's full-throttle pursuit of love amid the class war and cultural upheaval of the late '70s.
Ruth Ozeki's masterfully woven novel, A Tale for the Time Being' '(Viking), begins wherein two seemingly distant characters are locked together through present and past. Entwining Japanese language with WWII history, pop culture with Proust, Zen with quantum mechanics, Ozeki, best-selling author of My Year of Meats' 'and a Buddhist priest herself, alternates between the voices of the two women to produce a spellbinding tale.
Leigh Newman, author of Still Points North: Surviving the World's Greatest Alaskan Childhood' '(Dial), spent half her youth fishing for king salmon, dressing caribou, and taking target practice with her father (a.k.a. the Great Alaskan Dad), and the other half trying to fit in at a Baltimore private school while caring for her fragile mother, a social worker with chronic money trouble.' '
It will never be known if the dual subjects of Patricia Volk's latest memoir, Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me' '(Knopf), would have liked each other had they met, but they had at least one thing in common: They captivated and inspired the author.' '
Jill McCorkle;s gorgeously written Life After Life' '(Algonquin) unfolds through the alternating perspectives of the folks at Pine Haven Retirement Facility and residents of the North Carolina town in which it's located.' '
Even as middle-aged lawyers who long ago escaped their hometown for New York City, Bob and Jim Burgess still stagger under the guilt of a freak accident that killed their father when they were children. In Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys' '(Random House), a crisis with their nephew compels them to return to Shirley Falls, Maine, and revisit the fatal tragedy.' '
A fictitious reimagining of a Jazz Age darling inspired by the real-life woman who defied her parents and societal convention to become Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald.' '
The revered author's long-awaited sixth novel centers around a boy who copes with his father's disappearance by becoming an amateur piano player and inhabiting a fantasy self.' '
The best-selling author of The Red Thread' 'deftly weaves together the tales of two women from different eras - one struggling to free herself from a loveless marriage, the other searching for her lover amid the chaos following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
An orphan teen raised by her grandparents in India finds the love she always searched for, but a newly unearthed family secret may interfere.
In this powerfully affecting memoir, a reporter investigates the unanswered questions surrounding the death of his father and, in the process, gains a new appreciation of his mother.
A hard-drinking detective living on a Hudson River barge must confront his past in order to save a mysterious ballet dancer from meeting a killer.' '
In this comical new work, an 18th century Frenchman is reincarnated as a fly in modern-day Long Island, where he meddles with a chronically ill young woman and a volunteer firefighter.
From the James Beard Award-winning blogger, a chronicle of a writer who, after a career devoted to "fancy food," discovers the joys of paring down.' '
A former SNL' 'cast member leaves fame behind, moving to the Midwest and adopting a Chinese girl, in this endearing series of true tales from parenthood's front lines.
The inspirational account of a woman whose ALS diagnosis and subsequent physical decline don't prevent her from enjoying life to the fullest, which she proves, typing the book using only her right thumb.