Fall is the busiest time of year for new book releases. It can be overwhelming, even for those of us who follow these sorts of things. Here is a list of what is new and coming soon.
As scientific thinking and exploration took hold of the Victorian imagination, and the public sphere, there was a genuine sense of wonder around those who defied understanding.
In celebration of Spooktober, I’m giving away one copy of the Criterion Blu-ray of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946), an underrated title in Hitchcock’s library. Starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, it is a masterwork in quiet tension.
The Wind finds terror in the simplest, and harshest, place — the unforgiving, uninhabited prairie. A precise date isn’t given, but based on clues, it is set somewhere in the American west in the mid-to-late 1800s. The audience feels for the characters who try to stave off loneliness — and death — everyday.
An unconventional biography of an unconventional character. Rather than focus on timelines or family trees, Posnanski tries to get at Houdini as a legend, as an historical figure.