"Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century" by Chuck Klosterman, Blue Rider Press, 444 pages, $27
He once, early on, memorably described himself as being the exact opposite of a "no-nonsense guy." That is, he's an "all-nonsense kind of guy," the kind of guy who eats "all-sugared cereal exclusively." We're talking about…
Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff; Candlewick Press, 272 pages ($17.99). Ages 16 and up.
This extraordinary coming-of-age tale - a harrowing but ultimately hopeful westward odyssey that takes our suffering hero from his native Liverpool to Montreal to a desolate farm in Ontario and then to the vast Canadian prairie - was begun by critically acclaimed au…
If you talk to journalists who have worked in Rochester, many will tell you that Gary Craig is one of the finest news reporters ever to carry a notebook in that city.
The longtime investigative reporter from the Democrat and Chronicle and before that the defunct Times-Union has won dozens of state and national journalism awards. He gained fame in 1998 when his reporting…
My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul, Henry Holt, 142 pages, $27.
It is a confession of no small deficiency to admit that one of the last places on this earth I expected to find conspicuous public whimsy is in the current editor of the New York Times Book Review and, indeed, the Maharini of all New York Times book coverage.
But there it is, big as life and just as brazen …
By Calvin Trillin
293 pages, $26
By Gene Warner
Calvin Trillin never dwells on the gory details of a killing. He couldn’t care less about the caliber of the gun or the length of the knife blade.
If you’re looking for blood and guts or a graphic painting of a murder scene, look elsewhere.
That seems odd in a book cal…
Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongly Convicted
Edited by Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger
260 pages, $26.95
By Lee Coppola
Audrey Edmunds spent more than 10 years in Wisconsin prisons for a crime she didn't commit. She had been convicted of shaking to death an infant in her care.
But she refused to admit her guilt…
It's Up to the Women
By Eleanor Roosevelt
256 pages, $23
By Stephanie Shapiro
Nearly 85 years later, Eleanor Roosevelt's tips for Americans trying to get through the hard times of 1933 hold up fairly well. Many still are practical, despite the differences in our times and hers.
Her husband was not yet sworn in for his first term…
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; Balzer and Bray; 444 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up.
This stunning, timely and critically important debut novel tackles tough issues of police violence and racism through the experience of a 16-year-old girl who is the only witness when her childhood friend is killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. Starr Carter …
Mainstream arbiters of culture are suddenly paying attention to lesbian poet Eileen Myles, who has been a significant figure in the poetry scene since the 1970's.
The New Yorker published a poem of Myles and a sympathetic write-up in 2015. That same year, the New York Times published a flattering piece with the headline, "The Poet Idolized by a New Generation of Feminis…
Toni Morrison, the last specifically American novelist to win the Nobel Prize, was announced Thursday evening to be the headliner of the 2017-2018 season of Babel, the remarkable literary reading series sponsored by the Just Buffalo Literary Center.
Morrison was an Oprah Winfrey show favorite and remains one of the most famous writers in America. She won the Nobel in 19…
Survivor: A Portrait of the Survivors of the Holocaust, by Harry Borden, Cassell, 276 pages, ($39.99)
In time for Holocaust Remembrance Day, this book does what the special 12-page pull-out section in Sunday's Buffalo News set out to do: It uses portraits and words to tell stories of the dwindling numbers of Holocaust-era survivors.
Acclaimed photographer Harry Borde…
Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night
By Jason Zinoman
344 pages, $28.99
The first thing I looked up in the excellent index to this excellent book is "cocaine." Not there. Next I tried "green room." Not there either. Taking a different tack, I tried "Bill Cosby." Uh-uh. No luck.
I looked for a few more unsavory topics that might have co…
"Later Essays by Susan Sontag," Library of America, 876 pages, $45.
“Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender and Feminism," by Camille Paglia, Pantheon, 315 pages, $26.95.
If American literature and American feminism alike never quite succeeded in becoming the equivalent of restoration comedy, you can’t blame Camille Paglia. She certainly seemed to try.
There was a per…
The Night Ocean
By Paul Lafarge
385 pages, $27
By Ed Taylor
Cult pulp writer H. P. Lovecraft is shown the love in “The Night Ocean,” the new novel from upstate New York resident Paul Lafarge. It is a curious tribute to the imagination and the alt-Modernist genre of “weird fiction,” and a meditation on metempsychosis — the transmigration of…
Lemons by Melissa Savage; Crown Books for Young Readers, 305 pages ($16.99). Ages 8 to 12.
A heroine with the unlikely name of Lemonade Liberty Witt will steal your heart in this wonderful debut novel set in Willow Creek, Calif., “the Bigfoot Capital of the World,” in 1975. Lemonade’s mother has always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. …