Top Rated New Books – The Washington Post

An oral history of the making of “Mad Max: Fury Road” revisits the many wacky obstacles director George Miller faced in getting his acclaimed 2015 film to theaters.

“The Books of Jacob”, by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft

Spanning a thousand pages adorned with vintage maps and engravings, the Nobel laureate’s novel revolves around an 18th-century Polish mystic named Jacob Frank. As daunting as it sounds, the story is miraculously entertaining and always compelling.

“The Christie Affair”, by Nina De Gramont

The ingenious thriller concocts an elaborate backstory around Agatha Christie’s 11-day disappearance in 1926.

“Haven’t We Had Almost Everything: In Defense of Whitney Houston”, by Gerrick Kennedy

A collection of unforgiving and deeply personal essays on the tragic life and transcendent career of Whitney Houston that coincides with the 10th anniversary of the singer’s death.

“The Duchess Countess: the woman who scandalized London in the 18th century”, by Catherine Ostler

“Bridgerton” fans take note: For sheer incident and drama, Ostler’s story about Countess Elizabeth Chudleigh, whose bigamy trial has captivated England, rivals any episode of the popular Netflix series from the Regency era. And it’s all true.

“Eating to Extinction: The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them”, by Dan Saladino

A BBC food journalist shows how unique foods and cultures have been overlooked in favor of modern, supposedly ‘revolutionary’ varieties, which have no defenses against fungi, viruses and insects – all of which are becoming increasingly a threat with climate change.

“The Chao Family”, by Lan Samantha Chang

This unsentimental murder mystery follows a Chinese-American family in small-town Wisconsin whose restaurant, Fine Chao, is the site of the mysterious disappearance of owner Leo Chao.

“Free Love” by Tessa Hadley

In 1967, a wife and mother, seemingly content with her life in the suburbs, begins to question her life after an unexpected kiss with a younger man.

“Gwendy’s Final Task”, by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

The final novel in the King and Chizmar trilogy completes the tale of Gwendy Peterson, an ordinary young woman charged with an extraordinary – and inescapable – responsibility: to preserve the universe.

“The Impossible City: Memoirs of Hong Kong”, by Karen Cheung

The unrest in Hong Kong serves as the backdrop for Cheung’s biography as a young Chinese woman who came of age in the postcolonial years when Hong Kong was under Chinese sovereignty.

“Index, a History of”, by Dennis Duncan

The cleverly punctuated title of Duncan’s book should signal that this is not a dry account of a small cog in the publishing machine. Instead, it’s a gripping tale of the long search for the fastest way to find what you need in those big, information-rich things called books.

“Just Pursuit: A Black Prosecutor’s Fight for Fairness”, by Laura Coates

Coates’ book stands out among a growing faith-based literature regarding the role of black prosecutors in a criminal justice system that disproportionately investigates, arrests, charges, and imprisons African Americans.

“Life Without Children” by Roddy Doyle

In the Booker Prize winner’s collection of stories, the pandemic sets the stage for various reckonings, as distractions and options are stripped away, leaving the characters to face their realities.

“Mercy Street” by Jennifer Haigh

Haigh’s surprisingly restrained novel explores the precarious status of safe and legal abortion in a country where disapproval comes in a thick mix of class snobbery, theological absolutism and misogynistic bigotry.

“The Spirit in Exile: Thomas Mann at Princeton”, by Stanley Corngold

Corngold documents, in depth and with an excellent eye for detail, Mann’s life in Princeton, NJ, before the Nobel Prize winner moved to California in March 1941.

“Moon Witch, Spider King”, by Marlon James

The second installment in James’ Dark Star fantasy trilogy is the memoir of a reluctant killer, an inconsolable 177-year-old woman who escapes an abusive upbringing and lands in a palace full of intrigue.

“Notes on an Execution”, by Danya Kukafka

Kukafka’s perfectly constructed and delightfully written thriller chronicles a serial killer’s final 12 hours on death row – and, most interestingly, the unlucky teenage girls he murdered and the other complicated women left behind. its wake.

“The President’s Man”, by Dwight Chapin

Despite its title, this memoir by Appointments Secretary and Special Assistant to Richard Nixon really should be titled “The Chief of Staff’s Man,” focusing as much as it does on the sad and sometimes chilling history of Chapin’s relationship. with the cast iron HR Haldeman. .

“The World of Stone”, by Joel Agee

In a 1940s Mexican town, a quiet, sensitive boy navigates life with his American mother and his German stepfather, an exiled communist writer.

Audiobook “The Torqued Man”, by Peter Mann, narrated by John Lee

Mann’s Clever Debut chronicles the adventures of a German intelligence agent and his charge, an Irishman with many self-confessed identities. The extremely strange but enjoyable book is narrated by Lee, who has a natural gift for Irish accents (an excruciating weakness in many narrators).

“Watergate: A New History”, by Garrett M. Graff

“My goal was not to reinvestigate,” Graff writes in his remarkably rich account of Watergate. Instead of conducting new interviews, he decided to “tell the story based on the documentary archive”, which has grown steadily over the decades.

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

In this gripping and suspenseful debut album, an up-and-coming black classical musician is engaged in a race against time to recover his stolen violin, a family heirloom that turns out to be a Stradivarius.

“Vladimir” by Julia May Jonas

In this provocative novel, a middle-aged teacher, whose husband is accused of inappropriate sex, becomes obsessed with her new colleague, a much younger man.

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