Open Book: The Secret of the Crown, by John Fraser – Fraser creates a sense of the Royal Family as somehow beleaguered. It goes beyond the self-damage inflicted on the family, chiefly connected with Princess Di.
Jonathan Franzen’s WSJ Book Club Choice: ‘A Personal Matter’
Summary: In this searing memoir, Iran-born author Rahimeh Andalibian tells the story of her family: their struggle to survive the 1979 revolution, their move to California, and their attempts to acculturate in the face of teenage rebellion, murder, addiction, and new traditions.
Chad Harbach's debut novel, The Art of Fielding, is as much about literary fiction as it is about baseball. The book follows a talented college shortstop destined for big-league stardom — until a routine throw goes wrong and his life starts to fall apart.
Brit Bennett on Her Buzzed-About Debut Novel, The Mothers