Here are a handful of books hitting stores this week. We have not read them except where indicated. We are just letting you know what’s out there.
“Revival” by Stephen King (Scribner). The man can put out one or two door-stops a year pretty much until he drops, huh? Amazing. This one involves a small New England town, Job-style suffering, cursing God and possibly the Devil.
“41: A Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush (Crown). 43 writes about 41, including the war years, the oil boom years and the Washington years.
“Watch Me: A Memoir” by Anjelica Huston (Scribner): Expect a lot about Ireland and her relationship with Jack Nicholson.
“Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace” by Anne Lamott (Riverside). Essays on joy and transformation from the popular (and populist?) author.
“Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 by Alice Munro (Knopf). 24 short stories by a master of the form.
“Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel” by Patricia Cornwell (William Morrow). Dr. Kay Scarpetta solves YET ANOTHER CRIME.
“The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House” by Chuck Todd (Little, Brown and Company). NBC reporter Chuck Todd on what worked and what hasn’t in the Obama administration and why.
“Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars” by Daniel Bolger (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). A three- star general talks about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“The Jesus and Mary Chain: Barbed Wire Kisses” by Zoe Howe (St. Martin’s). This one I actually have read. It’s a rock solid overview of the Mary Chain’s career starting with the days when Jim and William Reid were hanging around their parents’ East Kilbride home way past when they should have moved out, dreaming up the perfect combination of bubblegum melody and vacuum-cleaner feedback that powered albums such as “Psychocandy” and “Darklands” and influenced anyone that even considered themselves shoegazers. Howe seemed to talk to all of the major players (including a dazzling array of drummers and bassists) except William Reid. A blast for fans; informative for the uninitiated.