David Sedaris, the author of “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames,” goes on his twice-yearly 45-city lecture tours. Here are some things he never leaves home without.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, June 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.
GRACE, by Natashia Deon. This debut novel, written by a practicing Los Angeles attorney, is narrated by the ghost of an escaped slave. The reader learns Naomi's story - life on an antebellum Alabama plantation and, after escaping, in a Georgia brothel - as well as that of her daughter Josey, who never knew her mother. Early readers call "Grace" a haunting portrait of slavery, love and violence. (Counterpoint, $26)
CHICAGO - Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is billed as "the Midwest's largest LGBTQ circulating library," a repository for all things related to LGBTQ culture and history, from books to meeting minutes, posters to newspapers, even a Rosie O'Donnell doll.
St. Martin's Press has moved the publication date of a book on Adnan Syed, the Baltimore man in prison for killing his former high school girlfriend, from September to Aug. 9 as a ruling is awaited on a new trial for Syed.
The papacy is one of those institutions that is endlessly fascinating - blame Rex Harrison and Charlton Heston, for those of a certain age, or maybe Dan Brown. Regardless of our religious backgrounds or belief systems, we tend to take note not only of what the pope says and does, but what he wears, what kind of -mobile he's driven around in - and what he eats. Thus "The Vatican Cookbook," published in April by the Sophia Institute in Nashua, N.H., which has the compelling subtitle of "500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican." But this is as much a practical cookbook as it is a coffee-table book for the devout. There are more than 80 recipes, including dishes that were favorites of the current pope, as well as his two predecessors, and thus feature dishes from Argentina (Pope Francis), Bavaria (Pope Benedict XVI) and Poland (Pope John Paul II).