It was a great week of publishing last week. Here’s a recap!
A COVERT AFFAIR: A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS, Jennet Conant
9781439163528, Simon & Schuster
By bestselling author Jenny Conant, a stunning account of Julia Child’s early life as an OSS spy in the Far East and the postwar years when she and Paul Child were caught up in the McCarthy witch hunt and behaved with honor
SHADOWS BRIGHT AS GLASS: The Remarkable Story of One Man’s Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph, Amy E. Nutt
9781439143100, Free Press
From a two-time Pulitizer Prize finalist, the moving and ultimately inspiring story of Jon Sarkin, whose personality was dramatically changed after he underwent experimental brain surgery and suffered a massive stroke. Remakably, he could still completely remember his old self, and most astonishingly, he suddenly became furiously compelled to make art and has gone on to become a highly acclaimed artist.
AS HUSBANDS GO: A Novel, Susan Isaacs
Now in paperback, from “a master of the genre” (O, the Oprah Magazine), an unconventional detective story about a woman who must solve her husband’s murder, and prove that his loyalty to her was alive and well. A fun, quirky, book club pick
SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, Laura Bush
“Spoken from the Heart reveals Laura Bush to be a beautiful writer, a keen observer and a tender soul who drew on her roots to live a life in the public eye with compassion and grace.”—Wall Street Journal
Now in paperback, the intimate, candid, and beautifully written memoir from one of the most admired, reserved, and unknown first ladies in recent history.
I’M ALL OVER THAT: And Other Confessions, Shirley MacLaine
From the bestselling author and award-winning actress Shirley MacLaine, a funny and provocative collection of short, original essays about all the things she’s “over”—and a few things she’s not. Here are just a sampling of some excellent MacLaine-isms straight from the text:
“I meditated on an inner sun within my solar plexus.”
“The can-can was performed in France without underwear; that’s why it was considered risque.”
“The people in Radio Shack don’t know what electronics are.”
“I will get some chickens when I feel the time is right.”
“After some hard thought, I had my face lifted. Never do that in the middle of a love affair because it’s disconcerting to your partner.”
“Never sit where there is an overhead light. It makes you look like Grandma Moses.”
“Dark chocolate is good for the pancreas and milk chocolate is good for something else I can’t remember, but I don’t like it much anyway.”
“Often I ask my Higher Self which way to go in a traffic jam.”