Amazon's Best Books of February: Part One

Sara Nelson on February 03, 2016

February is the shortest month, but there’s no shortage of great books. Here, our first installment of the Best Books of the Month: A Doubter's Almanac

I loved our spotlight pick, Ethan Canin's A Doubter's Almanac, because it’s about...well, everything. Fathers and sons, brothers and sisters, ambition and talent and self destructive behavior. What more could you ask? Oh, right, there’s the math. Don’t be scared, though. You’ll get it even if you gave up after fractions. 

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Narconomics by Tom Wainwright
Who says there should be a “War on Drugs”? According to Tom Wainwright’s theory--much admired by our reviewer, Seira Wilson-- handling the drug culture is more about understanding business than crime. According to Wainwright, instead of wringing our hands and passing moral judgment, we should be heeding the laws of the corporate jungle: follow the money and dismantle the fulfillment operation and things will change.

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
“An alchemical collusion--and sometimes collision--between the forces of magic and science,” our reviewer, Senior Editor Adrian Liang wrote. “This book throws a lot at the reader: coming-of-age and real adulthood, talking cats and two-minute time machines, assassins and venture capitalists, hilarity and hefty philosophy, technology and Nature...[It] has “award winner” written all over it. --Adrian Liang

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My Father, The Pornographer by Chris Offutt
Senior Editor Chris Schluep found “wildly readable” about this memoir of a journalist who grew up in rural Kentucky and discovered, upon his author father’s death, that dad had been a writer all right – but most of his books were pornography "This is a fascinating memoir: honest, dark, amusing, and overlaid with a son’s deep, if strained, love for his father. “

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The Black Calhouns by Gail Lumet Buckley
In Buckley, a journalist, traces several generations of her African American family, some of whom stayed in the south, others who made the trek northward. The daughter of singer/actor Lena Horne--who was born in a Brooklyn Jewish hospital where *her* mother was passing as white – has written “not just an important book [but] an enthralling one.”

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