Incarnate, Josh Stolberg (Atria)

Stolberg, a filmmaker and screenwriter, takes a bit of a risk in this gripping novel. Dr. Kim Patterson, a psychiatric resident at an Alaska hospital, meets a patient who appears to suffer from multiple personalities; but when the patient, a young girl named Scarlett, seems to know intimate details about another woman who has been … Continue reading Incarnate, Josh Stolberg (Atria)

The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Futures, Mark Bauerlein (Tarcher)

It’s an irony so commonplace it’s become almost trite: despite the “information superhighway,” despite a world of knowledge at their fingertips, the younger generation today is less informed, less literate, and more self-absorbed than any that has preceded it. But why? According to the author, an English professor at Emory University, there are plenty of … Continue reading The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Futures, Mark Bauerlein (Tarcher)

A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, Dennis Bartok, Dennis and Jeff Joseph (University of Mississippi)

Did you know that, if it weren’t for a film historian’s inability to procure a copy of a classic Cary Grant movie, we might never have had to endure the execrable 1973 musical version of Lost Horizon? If you didn’t know that, this book will be a real eye-opener, but even if you did, you’ll probably … Continue reading A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, Dennis Bartok, Dennis and Jeff Joseph (University of Mississippi)

Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob (and Sex), Peter Bart (Weinstein Books)

  In 1967, Bart, a newspaper reporter covering the Hollywood beat, joined the struggling Paramount Pictures as the right-hand man to the studio’s new chief of production, the as-yet-untested Robert Evans. For the next eight years, as Hollywood underwent some seismic shifts (moviemaking itself was in the midst of massive stylistic and thematic changes), Bart … Continue reading Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob (and Sex), Peter Bart (Weinstein Books)

Stieg Larsson: The Real Story of the Man Who Played with Fire, written by Jan-Erik Pettersson, translated by Tom Geddes (Sterling)

This insightful, nimbly translated biography is a must-read for fans of the Millennium Trilogy. Although Pettersson takes pains to point out that his book isn’t a conventional biography but, rather, is about the “public persona of Stieg Larsson . . . the interplay between his life and work and society at large,” it often feels … Continue reading Stieg Larsson: The Real Story of the Man Who Played with Fire, written by Jan-Erik Pettersson, translated by Tom Geddes (Sterling)

Hell’s Corner, written by David Baldacci, read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy (AudioGO)

In Baldacci’s latest Camel Club novel, former CIA assassin Oliver Stone is propelled into a dangerous mission involving a Russian drug cartel in Latin America. To complicate matters, Stone is paired with British intelligence operative Mary Chapman, who has her own agenda. McLarty reads with a steely voice that exhibits barely repressed fury, somewhat reminiscent … Continue reading Hell’s Corner, written by David Baldacci, read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy (AudioGO)

Divine Justice, written by David Baldacci, read by Ron McLarty (Books on Tape)

Camel Club series fans will be happy to know that Oliver Stone, a former government assassin who exposes high-level conspiracies, survived his fall into the water that concluded Stone Cold (2007), also read by McLarty and available from Books on Tape. On the run after gunning down two enemies, Stone holes up in a small town while … Continue reading Divine Justice, written by David Baldacci, read by Ron McLarty (Books on Tape)