Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital
By David Oshinsky
387 pages, $30
Pulitzer Prize winner David Oshinsky is out with the remarkable story of Bellevue Hospital on New York City’s East Side. It’s the place where we usually think only the poor are taken for treatment. What a mistake.
Every Man For Himself
By Mark Hannon
Apprentice House Press
427 pages, $19.99
There aren’t many Buffalonians around who still remember the infamous “Pinball Scandal” of the early 1950s.
More than six decades ago, many Buffalo bars and restaurants had pinball machines that could be mechanically rigged into gambling devices. In terms of taking people’…
"In Sunlight Or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper," edited by Lawrence Block, Pegasus, 277 pages, $25.95.
The Mystery Writers of America have a nice Renaissance Craftsman-like way of recognizing the worthiest among their fellow craftsmen. They call them “Grandmasters.”
Lawrence Block, who grew up on the corner of Starin and Parkside avenue…
The Daily Show (The Book); By Chris Smith, Foreword by Jon Stewart; Grand Central Publishing, 459 pages ($30)
The great ones have a way of making it look easy. Think of Joe Montana throwing a touchdown pass or Frank Sinatra singing a Cole Porter tune.
For more than 16 years on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart made it look easy. Now a new book chronicles ho…
Settle For More by Megyn Kelly; HarperCollins, 340 pages ($29.99)
For journalists, especially on a national level trying to gauge the temperature surrounding a Donald Trump presidency, the information contained in Megyn Kelly’s new memoir offers little hope of a smooth ride over the next four to eight years. In fact, “Settle For More” may send the mercury spik…
William Faught's black-and-white and color photographs take center stage in "Allentown: A Photographic Journey in the Heart of Buffalo, NY" (Buffalo Heritage Limited, 102 pages, $49.95/$29.95).
Faught is a retired architect and urban planner, and Allentown is his adopted home. He lives on Irving Place, but grew up a world away in Arkansas. Living in the Washington, …
The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein; illustrations by Mara Cerri; Europa editions; 40 pages, $13.
Anyone familiar with the legendary Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet (beginning with “My Brilliant Friend”) will not be surprised to discover her illustrated fable, “The Beach at Night,” to be an intense, s…
By Gail Fischer
Married straight down to her widow’s misery,
it was one of those days when she couldn’t
go on. So, we were taken out
tobogganing by the neighbors, for some
fun, to the Chestnut Ridge Park
full of whole families’ gaiety
under blindingly blue winter sun.
One time I went downhill alone
on a sled going so fast, and everybody
started yelling, “Look o…
"I wish I could have had this anthology when I was considering moving to Buffalo in 2007," writes Jody K. Biehl. There was nothing quite like it, she discovered.
So she put one together herself. And "Right Here, Right Now" is absolutely one of the best books about Buffalo ever created -- a genuinely essential book to be put on the same shelf as Lauren Belfer's "City of …
Author Margaret Creighton spent her childhood years in Western New York, growing up in Hamburg and moving to Buffalo at age 16.
Creighton went on to graduate from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in English, get a master's in journalism at Boston University and and continue on to earn a Ph.D in American Studies. She has been back in Buffalo over the years to…
Du Iz Tak? Carson Ellis; Candlewick Press, $16.99.
Author/illustrator Carson Ellis (creator of “Home” and collaborator with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the Wildwood series) offers a beguilingly strange picture book, written in an invented language, of two damselflies marveling at a tiny shoot on the forest floor. (“Du Iz Tak?” “Ma nazoot.”) As the pl…
Hitler: Ascent, 1889 - 1939
By Volker Ullrich
998 pages, $40
The lie of the Adolf Hitler myth was born more than 90 years ago in the Alpine region south of Munich. From there, it grew from a laughable little nasty lie into a monstrous world-altering lie of gigantic proportions.
Even with Hitler’s suicide in a Berlin bunker in the face of …
"The Best of the Harvard Lampoon; 140 Years of American Humor" with an Introduction by Simon Rich, Touchstone, 254 pages, $26.
The BEST of the Harvard Lampoon? Really? I think not.
The book is certainly representative and and fascinating and chronological but this doesn’t have the ruthlessly “elitist” earmarks of a “Best” of anything but rather a protective presentat…
By Michael Chabon
The premise of “Moonglow” is that Michael Chabon – winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, darling of American letters – has gone to his grandfather in his declining days, plying him with soup and narcotic painkillers (warranted as palliative; he is dying of cancer), warming him and opening him enough to …
Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down
By Anne Valente
370 pages, $25.99
By Stephanie Gangi
St. Martin’s Press
312 pages, $26.99
By Fiona Davis
289 pages, $26
Life serves up the unspeakable, the inevitable and the irretrievable in three new first novels – one of which is so disturbingly real that a reader may …