Noted legal author Jeffrey Toobin’s new study The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (Doubleday $27.95) is available. Nina Totenberg, the NPR Supreme Court reporter, had some kind words for it the other day on All Things Considered. I just started it, and so far, it reads well and I am learning a great deal about the workings of our legal branch. The prolific and hilarious Terry Pratchett has a new novel, Making Money (Harper $25.95). I’d try to summarize the plot for you, but in reading the flap copy, it’s seems to be convoluted. And funny. Last year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature, Orhan Pamuk, has published Other Colors: Essays and a Story (Knopf $27.95). Included in the collection are essays about his life,Istanbul, and other authors.
Now available in paperback is Amy and David Goodman’s Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (Hyperion $13.95). Amy is the host of Democracy Now and her brother David is an investigative journalist. Jonathan Kirsch’s fine A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization (HarperOne $14.95) studies the Book of Revelations, giving us it’s context, as well as it’s implications and how it has been so misused. Tammy recommends.
Alice Walker checks in with a new children’s picture book Why War is Never a Good Idea (HarperCollins $16.99) with illustrations by Stefano Vitale.