Book Recommendations -- September 2015

September is loaded with newly published books.  Here is a not-even-close-to-comprehensive list, but the ones that caught my eye.


The 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity to the Present by Michael Billington
From the Greeks to the present day, Billington provides essays on the best stage plays of all time.


1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History by Jay Winik
Here's a riveting look at the end of World War II and the pressure it placed on the ailing President Roosevelt.


Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art, edited by Gabrielle Jennings
The author is a video artist and she examines experimentation in moving-image media, with a focus on art since the year 2000.


Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People by Nadia Bolz-Weber
The former stand-up comic turned pastor reveals encounters with ordinary people leading imperfect lives, but who are saved by grace.


Are We Having Fun Yet? The Cooking and Partying Handbook by Sammy Hagar
The rock star shares his experiences with good food and good music.


The Autobiography of James T. Kirk by David A. Goodman
Finally, the life and times of Star Trek's Captain Kirk is revealed in his own words.


Batman Vol. 7: Endgame by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
The Joker faces off (no pun intended for those of you who know the plot) against his arch-nemesis, the Dark Knight.


The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor by Robert Schnakenberg
Here's a thorough look at the actor/comedian's entire career.


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The author of Eat Pray Love delves into the essence of creativity.


Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
In this important book, the horrific attempt at genocide in the middle of the 20th century is explored as an example of both mankind's brutality and the struggle for survival.


The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City by Luther Campbell
Here's the autobiography of the founder of the rap group 2 Live Crew.


Brady vs. Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry That Transformed the NFL by Gary Myers
This book contrasts two of the greatest quarterbacks of our time.


Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger
If you're interested in Gehry's architecture, you'll be fascinated by this critical biography.


The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
Butcher starts a new fantasy series, with airship battles and a war between communities living in Spires.


The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black
Young Callum Hunt and his wolf Havoc go on their second adventure in the magical land of Magisterium.


The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities by Stephen Breyer
The Supreme Court Justice considers the impact of circumstances beyond America's borders on the law of the United States.


Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
A large imaginary cat helps a boy and his family facing hard times.


Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
Lt. Eve Dallas tries to solve another brutal crime in this latest thriller.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid Mad Libs by Price Stern Sloan
Here's a mashup the kids (and some adults) should enjoy.


The Drafter by Kim Harrison
Harrison starts a new series, the Peri Reed Chronicles, about a renegade who can alter time.


Eve by Wm. Paul Young
The author of the bestseller The Shack tells a new tale about the origin of Creation and the equality of men and women.


The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore
The Lorien Legacies that began with I Am Number Four continue.


Filmmaking 101: How to Make a Movie by John Goldman
This book is an excellent primer on every aspect of the moviemaking process.


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
The author explores her lifelong battle with mental illness.


The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
Author Stieg Larsson might be gone, but his Millennium series continues as writer Lagercrantz delivers a new adventure with those beloved characters Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.


Guinness World Records 2016
The annual compendium of global superlatives is here.


The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
Atwood is one of the great writers of our age, and her latest novel should be another must-read.


Hidden in Plain Sight: An Archeology of Magic and the Cinema by Colin Williamson
In this fascinating book, the author investigates the overlap of magical illusion and film storytelling.


Hollywood in Cannes: The History of a Love-Hate Relationship by Christian Jungen
Here's the first full history of the prominent film festival from an American movie industry perspective.


Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story by Randy Olson
The writers thesis is that scientists should be storytellers.


I'll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones
The actress, singer, and model tells her life story.


The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf
The author of the excellent Founding Gardeners chronicles the life of the German explorer and naturalist who is credited with creating modern environmentalism.


Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency by Bill O'Reilly
O'Reilley continues his bestselling series, this time writing about the assassination attempt again President Ronald Reagan.


Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
The Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children saga continues.


Make Me by Lee Child
Jack Reacher is back in another thriller.


Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes by Tim Grierson
This illustrated book examines the legendary director's technique through a detailed reflection of ten specific moments from some of his notable motion pictures.


The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Two stories intertwine, one in pictures, one in prose.


Michael Vey: Storm of Lightning by Richard Paul Evans
The fifth book of the Electroclan sees the team facing their most dangerous challenge so far.


Moving Image edited by Omar Kholief
This anthology surveys artists in the field of the moving image.


The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis
Patterson collaborates with Ellis on this latest murder mystery.


The Nine Old Men: Lessons, Techniques, and Inspiration from Disney's Great Animators by Andreas Deja
Deja looks at Walt Disney's core team of animators.


The Old Farmer's Almanac 2016
Not only does this annual classic have reliable long-range weather forecasts, it's also loaded with facts, tips, and humor.


One Year After by William R. Forstchen
This sequel to One Second After continues the story of an apocalyptic electromagnetic pulse attack.


The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
The author shows how all of us can make small changes to gain control over our busy, data-filled lives.


The Permanent Crisis of Film Criticism: The Anxiety of Authority by Mattias Frey
When so many are bemoaning the "dumbing down" of criticism thanks to dime-a-dozen online self-professed critics, the author defends it by taking a historical look at critical authority.


Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
The author posits that markets harm as well as help us.


Purity by Jonathan Franzen
The author of the much-hyped Freedom tells a new tale.


Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Maas delivers the fourth volume in her Throne of Glass series.


Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde
The singer/songwriter gives us a no-holds-barred look at her life.


Saga Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Issues 25-30 of the critically-acclaimed comic book are compiled here.


Seven Women: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
Following his book Seven Men, Metaxas now offers bios on some of the great women of human history.


The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
Rest in peace, Mr. Pratchett. I'm glad we have one final Discworld novel to enjoy in this new tale of Witch Tiffany Aching.


The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
This fairytale combines the familiar stories of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty in a creative new way.


Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
A Sorcerer Royal ventures out to see why England's stock of magic is being depleted.


Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life by Jason Hanson
A former C.I.A. officer reveals safety and survival techniques to keep you and your family protected by the dangers of the modern world.


Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
In anticipation of the next Star Wars movie, Disney is releasing a series of books building up to the cinematic release. After the victory of Return of the Jedi, the battle for freedom is far from over.


Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Important moments in the Star Wars saga are seen through the eyes of childhood friends.


Star Wars: Moving Target -- A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci
Princess Leia leads a group of rebels in this untold adventure set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.


Star Wars: Smuggler's Run -- A Han Solo Adventure by Greg Rucka
Han Solo and Chewbacca go on a top secret mission for the Rebellion in this story set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.


Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi -- A Luke Skywalker Adventure by Jason Fry
Luke, Threepio, and Artoo are on a mysterious planet in this story set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.


Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner
From stock markets to the weather to sports gambling, everyone wants to predict the future, and now the authors reveal the science behind it all.


Supersymmetry by David Walton
Here's the science fiction sequel to Superposition.


The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
A child retreats into a silent world of imagination after the death of her friend in a drowning accident.


Things I've Said to My Children by Nathan Ripperger
Every parent will appreciate this illustrated book, and even those without children will find it humorous.


The Tim Burton Encyclopedia by Samuel J. Umland
Here's a look at the film career of the auteur.


The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book by Daria Song
Adult coloring books are still selling like hotcakes.


Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
The adventurous family in this young reader series go to China.


Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz
Horowitz writes a new James Bond novel with original material by the character's creator Ian Fleming.


Tropical World: A Coloring Book Adventure by Millie Marotta
Did I mention that adult color books are still incredibly popular?


Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
The brilliant author gives us a new novel to enjoy.


Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived "Forever"-- The Legend of a WWE Hero by Jon Robinson
Robinson writes a biography of one of most popular wrestlers who died too young.


The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
Written in an Olde English style, this postapocalyptic tale takes place a thousand years ago.


The Walking Dead Volume 24: Life and Death by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Stefano Gaudiano
If you love the zombie TV series, here's a collection of issues 139-144 of the comic book on which it's based.


When Clowns Attack: A Guide to the Scariest People on Earth by Chuck Sambuchino
Whether you love them or hate them, clowns grab our attention and this book examines why.


Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond by Billy Graham
This might be the popular religious figures final book as he faces his own mortality.


Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
The comic actress presents another tome of humor.


Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine by Justin Hammack
Who doesn't love wine?


World Order by Henry Kissinger
The former Secretary of State contemplates the roots of international harmony and disorder.

Happy reading!

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