Highlights this week include recommendations for the mystery lover and some fascinating nonfiction on gender relationships and politics.
Events: Titcomb’s Bookshop is hosting a reading from award-winning author Wally Lamb, author of New York Times Bestseller She’s Come Undone, on Saturday. The event will take place in East Sandwich Grange Hall and reservations are required. Tickets are $5 each.
Twins are featured again this week in Chop Suey Books’ $2 deal of the week, Kim Edwards’ debut novel The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, an international bestseller. This book features a pair of fraternal twins, a girl with down syndrome and a healthy boy, and the way their father’s decision changes their family forever.
New Literature: Broadway Books’ Bookreads reviews The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet, a chilling exploration of the relationship between church and state that exposes of a “group of believers from the upper echelons of society and politics who see it as their mission in life to spread capitalistic idealism backed by the teachings of Christ”. Sharlet demolishes the myth that religious extremist groups do not have an influence over the American political system. Although it might make it seem like we’re in a hopeless situation, it’s a very important book.
On Powell’s Book Blog, we find a review of Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan. The book deals with the idea that not only can gender roles vary, but the biological determination of sex is more complex than we think. The book categorizes the 2,000 different types of people who are born interesexed (unclassifiable as either male or female) in America every year due to a variant set of chromosomes. In Leanne Mirandilla’s review, she describes these classifications as “easily the most riveting part of the book”, while the weakest is the outlook of different cultures on intersexed individuals. All in all, it seems like an intriguing read.
Other: Richard Porier, founder of the Raritan: A Quarterly Review and literary critic and scholar, has passed away (via Newtonville Books Blog). He published a wide variety of books and articles related to everything from the influence of The Beatles to poetry and made a huge impact on the literary world.
The sequel to the bestselling Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert will be Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage in which Gilbert reflects on her feelings about relationships after her failed marriage and gathers stories from friends and family members. The book will be released in January, 2010 (via Newtonville Books Blog).