This week the focus is on some intriguing nonfiction titles, including a new biography, Albert Einstein: Open up and Bleed. Oh wait, that's the Iggy Pop book. Sorry.
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
The acclaimed biographer Isaacson offers a comprehensive and incisively readable life of "science's preeminent poster boy" – and more: Einstein the counter-culturalist, rebel, humanist and philanderer. The author, working with newly available archival materials, duly focuses on Einstein's extraordinary scientific achievements, not just lucidly explaining his theories, but also the intuitive leaps that led to them. The general theory of relativity, for example, had its roots in a time when Einstein, at this workplace as a patent-examiner, was struggling to write an article on his special theory of relativity. Suddenly he had the thought — "the happiest thought in my life" — that "If a person falls freely, he will not feel his own weight.” On a more personal front, Isaacson also covers Einstein’s complex and often problematic relationships with his family, his political interventions and comments, and his extraordinary celebrity status with the American public.
Iggy Pop: Open up and Bleed by Paul Trynka
Iggy Pop’s life, from his James Newell Osterberg Jr. stage to his "Godfather of Punk" incarnation, reaches the 60-year mark this month. Trynka covers all phases of the "driven, talented, indomitable creature," not shying away from any aspect or destructive path. This comprehensiveness includes the birth of the Stooges in Detroit in the late ‘60s, Iggy’s gender-bending and blood-inducing performances, his drug-laden disintegration in the ‘70s, his David Bowie-assisted comeback — one of many comebacks — and the recent reunion of the Stooges.
Lidia's Italy: 140 Simple and Delicious Recipes from the Ten Places in Italy Lidia Loves Most by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, David Nussbaum, Tanya Bastianich Manuali, Christop Hirsheimer
Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900 by Jack Beatty
40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania by Matthew Chapman
Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Vol. 2 by Saul Friedlander
Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee
My First Five Husbands…and the Ones Who Got Away by Rue McClanahan
Learning like a Girl: Finding a New Way to Educate Our Daughters by Diana Meehan, Diana M. Meehan
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
Threshold Resistance: The Extraordinary Career of a Luxury Retailing Pioneer by A. Alfred Taubman
A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
Sleeping With Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey
Set Sail for Murder by Carolyn G. Hart
The Land of Mango Sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank
We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry
Obsession by Karen Robards
Fresh Disasters by Stuart Woods