leisure 03.2.15

Spring Reading

What: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Who: Erik Larson
When: March 10
Why: From the author of Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, the story of the Lusitania's sinking. As you expect from Larson, a thoroughly researched and gripping account.

What: A Little Life
Who: Hanya Yanagihara
When: March 10
Why: A long, often painful, rewarding saga about four young men who move to New York fresh out of college, who find the past is prologue, but not always in easily understood ways.

What: The Sellout:
Who: Paul Beatty
When: March 3
Why: A major comic novel that deals with race in America, a town that disappears, the reappearance of slavery and the Supreme Court.

What: Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father
Who: Michael Signer
When: March 10
Why: Alexander Hamilton will be getting the love from Broadway when Hamilton transfers there this summer from the Public. Madison fans know that their guy is the undersung Founding Father, as this biography amply demonstrates.

What: Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins
Who: Andrew Cockburn
When: March 10
Why: The march of the drones has become, in relatively short order, business as usual—if by business, we mean routine, remote-controlled killing. The author makes clear that drones aren't going away, so we might at least understand how we got here.

What: Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
Who: Barney Frank
When: March 17
Why: We're total Frankophiles so we're looking forward to hearing his thoughts on the decades he spent representing Massachusetts in the House and, even more, hearing that smart and funny voice in the telling.

What: A Reunion of Ghosts
Who: Judith Claire Mitchell
When: March 24
Why: A dark, comic novel, partly inspired by poison gas inventor Fritz Haber. Mitchell's story is of three sisters on the Upper West Side, and the familial and personal consequences of their Haber-like great-grandfather.

Answers to Friday's Quiz are here. And one correction: we said that the first Crazy Eddies was at Coney Island, which is wrong. It was originally on Kings Highway in Midwood.


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