We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Coates, one of the leading intellectual voices in America on race and society, reflects on Barack Obama’s eight years in power through the lens of his definitive essays during that time, including his recent, The First White President, and how the first black man to lead the country culminated in the election of Donald Trump. There is also new material, which serves as over-arching commentary and binds the series. Coates has already made clear that if it’s hope you want, this may not be for you.
Basketball and Other Things
Shea Serrano, author, blogger and all-round great at the Internet man, takes on his beloved basketball. The San Antonio native’s first book, the excellent Rap Year Book looked at the best of hip-hop over the past 20 years, this does the same with hoops. The structure is “A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated”. Funny, insightful and once again illustrated by the great Arturo Torres, it will bring a smile to your face if you have only a passing interest in the game.
Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality
Jaron Lanier’s latest offering reconciles what it is to be human within a technological world and how further advances might increase our understanding of human nature. Lanier, philosopher, technology writer and godfather of virtual reality considers his own personal experience and understanding of the technological world in a book at once autobiography, philosophical thought and academic literature.
Karl Ove Knausgaard
The literary tour de force behind the six-part introspective epic My Struggle returns with a piece reflecting on what it is to be a parent. In Autumn, Knausgaard writes on the minutiae of his daily life, his relationship with his wife and with his daughter. In the form of letters to his unborn daughter Knausgaard addresses ideas of life and relationships in his trademark deeply sensitive and observant manor.
Over and out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special
Anyone who has enjoyed listening to the Test Match Special (TMS) team over the years and, like me, has mourned the passing of some of the most entertaining raconteurs in radio broadcasting – John Arlott, Brian Johnston and Christopher Martin-Jenkins spring to mind – will have been devastated by the departure this last summer of another national treasure, Henry Blofeld. But fortunately, although the “Gadfly” of TMS (as The Spectator memorably described him), may have left the airwaves, he is not silenced. Next week sees the publication of his autobiography, infused with his passion for cricket and stuffed full of secrets from nearly 50 years in the commentary box, and quirky observations about life inside and outside the cricket ground. There also an audio CD where you can once again hear those mellifluous tones so redolent of sunny summer days. Hodder & Stoughton
The Hostage's Daughter: A Story of Family, Madness, and the Middle East
The journalist and daughter of one of the world’s most famous hostages, Terry Anderson, released a book this week about her father’s captivity from 1985 to 1991, and the impact it had in the family’s life. Anderson was kidnapped in Beirut during the Lebanese Hostage Crisis and held by a Shiite Muslim militia associated with the Hezbollah movement. His daughter met him for the first time in 1991 when he was finally released. Anderson talks about her father’s PTSD and her battles with drug abuse and mental illness as a result of the kidnapping.
To Catch a King
This is the action-packed, true story behind every pub named The Royal Oak. Fleeing after his fathers beheading in 1649, King Charles II spent six weeks running from Cromwell’s soldiers, and mostly everyone else, with a price on his head. Award-winning Spencer uses archived accounts to piece together the Kings time out of the limelight. Dodging murder attempts, he pretended to elope with a stranger, disguised himself as a servant, was nearly roped into celebrating his own murder and rather famously hid in a tree.
The Rooster Bar
From the author of The Firm, comes a tale of three law students battling their crushing student debts. Normal enough? Not when they discover it’s all thanks to a billionaire New York hedge-fund operator, university and bank owner. But if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em - or don’t. Gripping twists will leave you wondering who is scamming who.