New Book Releases – Week of 10 September 2012

September 10, 2012 — Leave a comment


Here are a few new book releases this week that are worth checking out:

Our most anticipated release of this week is Brian McLaren‘s new book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.  ERB Editor Chris Smith wrote about this new book for The Huffington Post, saying: “For all those who mourn the recent deluge of violence in our land, and particularly those who identify themselves as followers of Jesus, Brian McLaren’s Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? is essential reading. The time has come for us to repent of our hostile ways, and to immerse ourselves in all our diversity into the conversational work of imagining a new Christian identity that is marked by peace and kindness toward the other. McLaren’s work will serve well to launch us into the thick of this conversation.”  (Read the full review…)

Our review is in the current print issue, which is on its way to subscribers…

Hardback, Jericho Books.
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Our most anticipated novel of the week is Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue. In a starred review, Booklist describes this new work: “A magnificently crafted, exuberantly alive, emotionally lustrous, and socially intricate saga….Bubbling with lovingly curated knowledge about everything from jazz to pregnancy…Chabon’s rhapsodically detailed, buoyantly plotted, warmly intimate cross-cultural tale of metamorphoses is electric with suspense, humor, and bebop dialogue….An embracing, radiant masterpiece.”

Hardback: Harper.
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Jack Kerouac has always been of much interest to us and we are particularly intrigued buy the new biography, The Voice is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac by Joyce JohnsonPublishers Weekly gave it a starred review and said: “Johnson brings an insider’s perspective to this insightful study of how Kerouac found his literary voice. Delving into his formative years, she paints a portrait of the artist as a sensitive young man, haunted from age four by the death of his older brother, Gerard, and hampered by his family’s frequent moves. In unsparing detail, Johnson depicts Kerouac’s contradictions and self-destructive tendencies, and the recklessness of certain relationships that impeded as much as they facilitated the discovery of his true voice. Johnson excels in her colorful, candid assessment of the evolution of Kerouac’s voice.”

Hardback: Viking.
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Also anticipated is Brené Brown‘s new book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.  The publisher describes this book: “Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.”

Hardback: Gotham Books.
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And finally, there is David Byrne‘s How Music Works, “[a] remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject [Byrne] has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music. Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns—and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso. Byrne sees music as part of a larger, almost Darwinian pattern of adaptations and responses to its cultural and physical context. His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between). Touching on the joy, the physics, and even the business of making music, How Music Works is a brainy, irresistible adventure and an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.

Hardback: McSweeneys.
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*** Check out last week’s list of new releases

Stay tuned every Monday as we plan to make this new book releases column a weekly feature!