Michael Chabon, fresh from his triumphant novel, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, has yet a new novel, Gentleman of the Road (Ballantine Del Rey $21.95). The story involves two 10th century vagabonds who are impressed into the service of Prince of the Khazar Empire as escorts and bodyguards. The working title, Chabon tell us, was Jews with Swords, so I think you’ll have an idea of what the book is about.
Joseph Ellis continues his work on the early days of the American Experiment (Founding Brothers and His Excellency) with American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic (Knopf $26.95).
All the Rage (Three Rivers Press $16.95) is the latest (and at least for now, the final) anthology of Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks comic strips. Included are the strips that didn’t make it into the funny pages, interviews and appreciations, as well as where the comic strip Fox Trot tried to step into McGruder’s hiatus.
A reminder: We still have signed copies of Walter Mosley’s latest (and last, according to him) Easy Rawlins novel, Blonde Faith (Little Brown $25.99).