Mass Bookshelf for January 2015

Here are the titles published by Massachusetts authors this month. Did we miss your book published in January 2015?  If so, email bookawards@massbook.org with the information.  Thanks!

FICTION

Fram, by Steve Himmer, is “an extraordinary meditation on the critical flaws in the systems we hold dear, and the human costs of those flaws.” (Laura van den Berg, author, Find Me.)

Coauthors Thomas O’Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy’s debut Serpents in the Cold is a novel about a serial killer stalking the streets of Boston in the 1950s. Kirkus Reviews describes it as “a bone-crunching, gut-wrenching novel that captures the atmosphere of a city in decay and its inhabitants. It delivers noir fiction like we always want it to be.”

Dave Riese’s Echo from Mount Royal was described by Pater Behrens (The O’Briens) as “A bittersweet story of love and loss set in one of the most colorful cities on the planet in its film-noirish heyday.”

NONFICTION

Amir Aczel’s Finding Zero: A Mathematician’s Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers is a “combination of memoir, travelog, and philosophical musing …” (Library Journal)

Local history buffs might be drawn to Assistant Professor of History at Wellesley College Katherine Grandjean’s America Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England, or Bruce Laurie’s Rebels in Paradise: Sketches of Northampton Abolitionists.

Of Harvard Law School professor Lani Guinier’s latest book, The Tyranny of the Meritocracy, Boston Review writes, “Voices like Guinier’s that imagine alternatives to an educational system oriented around testing are a welcome addition to the conversation.”

Andrew Zimbalist takes a more global view in Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, which “shows why hosting the Olympics and the World Cup is almost always a boondoggle. Great stuff!” (Richard Florida, author, The Rise of the Creative Class.)

POETRY

Matthew Lippman’s latest collection of poems, Salami Jew, explores his relationship with Judaism.

In Sonya Taaffe’s Ghost Signs, “she writes of uncompleted lives, of the lingering and commingling of the dead with us, the living.” (Greer Gilman, author of Cloud & Ashes.)

— Compiled by Kirstie David, Mass Center for the Book.

 

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