Books we are talking about

Chris Schluep on May 31, 2019
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It's Book Expo week, so the Amazon editors are all in New York. I had intended to write a Book Expo version of the books we are talking about, but it has been such a whirlwind of book activity, and there's so much information to process, I think I'll wait until next week when things have calmed down. Plus, I've barely spoken to the other editors. All of us are too busy talking to other people. It has been fun to spend time with so many great authors and publishing people (I've seen a few pictures from our party pop up on the AmazonBooks Instagram page--kudos to anyone who thought to take a picture; I didn't). This is one of the most enjoyable, and tiring, weeks of our year. 

But we have talked a little. Here's what we are talking about:



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Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz

Some prominent authors have passed away this last few weeks, the latest being Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz, who was only 60 years old. He won the Pulitzer for his work at the Wall Street Journal, awarded the prize in 1995 "for a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs." In 1998, his book Confederates in the Attic was published, making him a star in the books world as well. I like the publisher's description of Confederates in the Attic: "For all who remain intrigued by the legacy of the Civil War -- reenactors, battlefield visitors, Confederate descendants and other Southerners, history fans, students of current racial conflicts, and more -- this ten-state adventure is part travelogue, part social commentary and always good-humored."


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The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Edmund Morris, the prominent biographer, died this week at 78. In 1980, he won the Pulitzer for his book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, which the Modern Library named as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time. He continued to write about Roosevelt, but he also produced the book Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan, which, although authorized, created a lot of controversy because he wrote the book as part fact/part fiction in an attempt to fathom his subject. I was particularly interested in reading Morris's new book, publishing in October, and simply titled Edison. I'm going to move it hire up on my to-read pile.


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The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

Herman Wouk passed away less than two weeks ago at the age of 103. With titles like The Caine Mutiny and The Winds of War, he and his books became household names. Critics were mixed on his work, but that didn't stop readers. His historically-based novels have sold millions.


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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I wanted to end on a brighter note, and Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue is certainly that. I'll talk about the book in a moment, but I wanted to point out the author's bio, which in part reads: Casey McQuiston grew up in the swamps of Southern Louisiana, where she cultivated an abiding love for honey butter biscuits and stories with big, beating hearts. She studied journalism and worked in magazine publishing for years before returning to her first love: joyous, offbeat romantic comedies and escapist fiction. And that's what Red, White & Royal Blue is. In McQuiston's novel, we have a female President of the United States whose son Alex is good looking fodder for the tabloids. Lo and behold, he falls in love with the Prince of Wales at a royal wedding, and this piece of fun, offbeat, romantic comedy has found its starting point. I've heard readers of all stripes mentioning this book lately.


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