leisure 01.9.19

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Every Person in New York

Bowlaway by the superb writer Elizabeth McCracken, out February 5, is about three generations of a New England family, owners of a candlepin bowling alley, hoarders of secrets and mystery.

John Lanchester, author of the wonderfully witty and sinister food book, A Debt to Pleasure, has written a dystopian book called The Wall (out March 5) about an island country that builds a wall around itself. A highly improbable premise, right?

Out next week, Talk to Me by John Kenney brings us a fall from grace for a TV anchor and the aftermath for him and his family. Expect Kenney's wicked sense of humor to make this a good read, at the very least.

Burned: A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't by Edward Humes is the true story of a California mother of three convicted of setting a fire that killed her children. There is a big "however" and that is where the title takes on a second meaning.

You're not likely to read a more engaging time-travel novel this year than Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen— if it really is this year. Out January 29 in at least one version of reality.

Fans of Philip Kerr's noir mystery series featuring Bernie Gunther will be glad for one last book from the author, who died last year. Metropolis tells of Gunther's early years.

Look for Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi on March 5, in which a family recipe is the madeleine leading the characters and the reader on an unpredictable journey.

Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, a new biography (out next week) by Andrew S. Curran, reminds us how relevant the philosopher's thinking is to the world in 2019.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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