Michael Graves: Design for Life
Princeton Architectural Press
304 pages, $30
Ever since Vitruvius in the 1st century B.C., architects have written books to promulgate their ideas and their buildings but biographies of architects are a relatively recent development, a manifestation of the influence of the media-driven cult of personality that emerge…
Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer l. Holm & Matthew Holm, color by Lark Pien; Graphix/Scholastic, 217 pages ($24.99 hardcover, $12.99 paperback) Ages 8 to 12.
The brother-sister team behind graphic novel series "Babymouse" and "Squish" offer a marvelous sequel to"Sunny Side Up," a poignant but upbeat tale in which young Sunny was sent off to live wit…
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe, translated by Lilit Zelukin Thwaites; GodwinBooks/Henry Holt; 423 pages ($19.99) Ages 12 and up.
This stunning novel of the Holocaust, from Spanish novelist and journalist Antonio Iturbe, is based on the true story of 14-year-old Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus who risked her life to protect a ragged asso…
On the afternoon of Nov. 9, 1967, as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Buffalo-bound plane sat on the tarmac at the Atlanta Municipal Airport, the pilot's voice crackled over the intercom with ominous news.
The plane, as King recounted in a speech later that evening in Kleinhans Music Hall, had been the subject of a bomb threat.
It was the latest of dozens of threats…
The Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant 50 Years of New York by the editors of New York Magazine
Simon and Schuster
418 pages, $65
Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016
On July 15, 1980, the current president of the United States was a brash, visibly self-satisfied young man pictured with four older men as one of "the men…
A few weeks ago, I ran into Amy Dickinson, the internationally celebrated author and advice columnist, at a writer's event in Skaneateles. Dickinson, who has immortalized her nearby hometown of Freeville in Tompkins County, had a question.
She wondered if we'd be interested in her written "thank you" to Buffalo.
Until last spring, she said, her father, Buck, was in l…
The Letters of Sylvia Plath: Volume One--1940-1956 edited by Peter K. Steinberg and Karen K. Kukil, Harper, 1388 pages, $45.
Here’s Sylvia Plath, in 1956, writing about her love for her husband poet Ted Hughes. “I fell in love with Ted’s poems before I met him, at a very bohemian party given for a new literary review. He is big, athletic (a discus thrower, archer, plowm…
God: A Human History
By Reza Aslan
280 pages, $28
A human history of God?
What other kind could there be, unless God decided to write his own biography? (In fact, God did write about Himself in the Bible. Many hold that the Bible is inspired writing about God with human authors, many of them cooperatin…
Landscape With Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson; Candlewick Press, 149 pages ($16.99) Ages 12 and up.
M.T. Anderson, author of National Book Award finalist "Feed" and the "Octavian Nothing" books, offers up a brilliant satire in this harrowing tale of a future Earth ruled by the vuuv, an alien race with advanced technology and an obsession with 1950s cultu…
The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange; Scholastic ($16.99) Ages 10 and up.
A British author makes a dazzling debut in this poignant, beautifully written, enthralling novel set in England in 1919 after the devastation of the Great War. The novel opens with 12-year-old Henrietta, her parents and baby sister moving into Hope House, a rambling house …
The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World
By A. J. Baime
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
430 pages, $30
If Harry S. Truman was an “accidental president,” then maybe what this nation needs are a few more strategic accidents.
The term “accidental president,” on which historian A. J. Baime constructs his latest bo…
“100 Amazing Facts About the Negro” by Henry Louis Gates, Pantheon, 476 pages, $40.
There is what Hollywood would call a “backstory” here. In 1957, a journalist with the Pittsburgh Courier named Joel A. Rogers published a book called “100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof.” Distinguished intellectual and historian Henry Louis Gates now says “students wer…
Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking
By Eric Lax
353 pages, $28.95
It may seem like an odd time to release a you-are-there book about the making of a film by Woody Allen.
It certainly would have been more interesting to read such an account from the early days of his career, or even during the period in which he made greats…
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green; Dutton, 286 pages ($19.99) Ages 12 and up.
John Green, YA superstar author of critically acclaimed "The Fault in Our Stars" (which the Washington Post called a "tough, touching valentine to the human spirit"), offers his most personal novel yet in this compelling new novel told from the perspective of a 16-year-o…
By Jennifer Egan
448 pages, $22
Underwater, we float (and sink) rather than walk. Enough sensory deprivation occurs to make the world look the same at first, whether our eyes are open or closed. We hear nothing. The only scent we discern is the tinny compressed air of the diving helmet.
The sea in question is New York Harb…