arts 06.1.09

Summer Reading
Plus: MUG Under $21

What: The Angel's Game
Who: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Why: Fans of Zafón's The Shadow of the Wind (and we are) will be especially delighted with this darker, gothic version of an earlier Barcelona (the 1920s) that connects in certain ways to Shadow of the Wind. Books themselves are still star players.
When: Pub date is June 16
Where: B&N Union Square, June 16, 7pm.

What: Let the Great World Spin
Who: Colum McCann
Why: McCann's tales of disparate New Yorkers in the 1970s – an Irish monk, a grieving Park Avenue mother, a Bronx prostitute – are spun around Philippe Petit's tightrope walk between the Towers. Older New Yorkers will recognize the author's masterly evocation of a very different time and place; for younger New Yorkers, an invaluable pentimento. The title is a line by Alfred, Lord Tennyson: "Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change."
When: Pub date is June 23
Where: B&N Union Square, June 30, 7pm. Byrant Park, July 8, 12:30pm.

What: Renegade
Who: Richard Wolffe
Why: An occasional amusement to be had from Wolffe's coverage of the waning years of the Bush administration was watching the reporter bite his tongue in his television appearances, until, every so often, a tiny, delightful bubble of contempt would make its way out of his mouth. Wolffe's inside look at the Obama campaign is likely to be equally clear-eyed, if less tongue-bitten.
When: Pub date is tomorrow
Where: Countdown on MSNBC, tonight.

What: Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era
Who: Caroline Moorehead
Why: Henriette Lucie Dillon took notes. She was at Versailles when it was Versailles, a chronicler of the Napoleonic era and the French Revolution, but who also lived for a time in upstate New York. How's that for an odyssey? Moorehead uses Lucie's spirited journal as the basis for this full biography of a genuinely memorable character in history.
When: Pub date is June 16
Where: No appearances scheduled.

What: Below Zero
Who: C.J. Box
Why: The popular, Edgar-winning Box has an off-series novel, Three Weeks to Say Goodbye, still on the bestseller lists, but the author is back with a new one featuring his series character Joe Pickett. He's the independent-minded Wyoming game warden who helps right the world, or at least his small piece of it.
When: Pub date is June 16
Where: See him, but out west only.

Whether you're grilling outside or on the stove, try the grass-fed beef chorizos from Grazin' Angus Acres, $10.50/lb. Lots of spicy heat within means they're designed to go with a refreshing summer beer or sweetened iced tea. Find them at the three Greenmarkets, details here.

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