arts 10.4.11

More Fall Books
Every Person in New York

Some major tomes coming down the pike—on Jerusalem, Van Gogh, and Catherine the Great. Plus pestilence: One book on viruses, another on the Madoffs.

What: The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age
Who: Nathan Wolfe
When: October 11
Why: Wolfe, a Stanford biologist, gives a riveting account of viruses waiting to go viral, simultaneously scaring the bejeepers out of you and offering insight on how the world can deal with the pandemics to come.

What: Van Gogh: The Life
Who: Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
When: October 18
Why: The authors, winners of the Pulitzer for their biography on Jackson Pollock, turn to the story of Van Gogh's life and work. Their research yielded many letters and documents previously unreleased or unpublished, and the book promises, at 976 pages, to be as rich a portrait of the artist as we've ever seen.

What: Jerusalem: The Biography
Who: Simon Sebag Montefiore
When: October 25
Why: Not to be too size-obsessed, but this one checks in at 696 pages. To tell the story of the city's 3,000 years, how could it not? Montefiore is an historian and guide equal to the epic challenge of such a 'biography.'

What: Christian Louboutin
Who: Christian Louboutin
When: October 25
Why: One of a handful of mortals who turned cobbling into art. This book includes autobiography, beautiful and plentiful photographs of the shoes, sketches, images of M. Louboutin's boutiques, workshops, and homes, and a bonus pop-up. If the pop-up sounds cheesy, forget it—the book is published by Rizzoli.

What: Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family
Who: Laurie Sandell
When: October 31
Why: Could you stand to spend 10 more seconds thinking about that man? Honestly, we're on the fence—curious but thoroughly repelled. Your call.

What: Blue Nights
Who: Joan Didion
When: November 1
Why: We're still recovering from the painful journey of the author's The Year of Magical Thinking about the sudden death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne. But we'd read anything by Didion and that means we'll be sharing in her grief on the death of her 39-year-old daughter.

What: The Food Lover's Guide to Wine
Who: Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
When: November 3
Why: The husband-and-wife team are among the most highly-esteemed authors in the food world and rightly so. As with their previous books, PaDorn breezily share copious amounts of good information about food and wine. Quality-of-life improvements are guaranteed.

What: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Who: Robert K. Massie
When: November 8
Why: The Pulitzer-winning author of Nicholas and Alexandra and Peter the Great has a fascinating subject in Catherine, who ruled Russia for 34 years, longer than any woman ruled that country. And what a life!

Yesterday's reading list of fall fiction

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 Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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