Entertainment 5 books not to miss: Jami Attenberg's 'All This Could Be Yours,' John le Carré spy novel
15 New Books You Should Read in October
The sequel to 'Olive Kitteridge,' new Zadie Smith and moreThe latest work of autofiction from Ben Lerner centers around a high school debate star and his psychologist parents, who are navigating how to raise a son in a culture of increasing toxic masculinity. Most of the action occurs in the late ’90s, when the New Right is beginning to take shape. Lerner, a Topeka native, explores masculinity in this family drama, which picks apart the consequences of violence and tragedy on the protagonist’s adolescence.
In search of something good to read? USA TODAY's Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.
1. “All This Could Be Yours,” by Jami Attenberg (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, fiction, on sale Oct. 22)
What it’s about: Dubbed the “poet laureate of difficult families” by Kirkus Reviews, Attenberg (“All Grown Up,” “The Middlesteins”) weaves a brutal and beautiful story of familial dysfunction. A dying and toxic patriarch brings the family together around his deathbed, where they must sift through the wreckage and dark family secrets.
Leigh Bardugo makes adult debut in dark fantasy 'Ninth House'
"Shadow and Bone" author Leigh Bardugo makes the leap from YA in her first adult novel, "Ninth House," a dark fantasy that explores class and magic.
The buzz: A ★★★★ review (out of four) for USA TODAY says Attenberg “doesn’t flinch from digging into life’s messiness, pressing gently but resolutely into wounds to see what oozes out.”
2. "Agent Running in the Field," by John le Carré (Viking, fiction, on sale Oct. 22)
What it’s about: The master of espionage novels (“The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) returns with an aging veteran of MI6 being called back to London in a spy thriller that grapples with modern political issues.
The buzz: In a ★★★½ review for USA TODAY, book critic Don Oldenburg says, “le Carré’s storytelling genius frequently causes pause to consider what a pleasure it is to read him.”
3. “One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America,” by Gene Weingarten (Blue Rider Press, nonfiction, on sale Oct. 22)
Ali Wong's book 'Dear Girls' is raw and uproariously funny
Fans of Ali Wong will not be disappointed with the comedian's first book, a collection of sometimes scandalous essays called "Dear Girls".
What it’s about: This book has a fascinating conceit: Pulitzer Prize-winner Weingarten asked three strangers to pick a day, month and year from a hat. That randomly chosen day turned out to be Dec. 28, 1986. The research that ensued proved there’s no such thing as an ordinary day.
The buzz: Publishers Weekly calls the book “a trove of compelling human-interest pieces with long reverberations.”
4. “Edison,” by Edmund Morris (Random House, nonfiction on sale Oct. 22)
What it’s about: British biographer (and Pulitzer- and National Book Award-winner) Morris died earlier this year, but not before completing this massive and exhaustively researched biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the larger-than-life American icon who patented over 1,000 inventions and founded nearly 250 companies.
The buzz: A starred review in Kirkus Reviews calls the biography “a tour de force by a master.”
New books: Ronan Farrow's ‘Catch and Kill,’ Elton John, Ali Wong
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ronan Farrow is out for justice in "Catch and Kill," and Elton John bares all in a memoir simply titled "Me."1. “Catch and Kill,” by Ronan Farrow (Little, Brown and Company, nonfiction, on sale Oct.
5. “Janis: Her Life and Music,” by Holly George-Warren (Simon and Schuster, nonfiction on sale Oct. 22)
What it’s about: Drawing on archival materials and interviews with Janis Joplin’s friends and family, George-Warren intimately charts the singer’s life from her childhood in Port Arthur, Texas, to her tragic death by drug overdose in 1970, painting a portrait of a complicated and still endlessly fascinating trailblazer.
The buzz: A starred review in Kirkus Reviews calls it a “richly detailed, affectionate portrait” and “a top-notch biography of one of the greatest performers to emerge from a brilliant era.”
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The Little Drummer Girl (Canal +): What does this series inspired by a novel by John le Carré hold?
Canal + unveils tonight Season 1 of The Little Drummer Girl. When a master of the spy novel (John the Square) meets a Korean filmmaker (Park Chan-wook), the secret services burst the screen ...
End of the 70s, Charlie, a young actress English, who vegetates in an amateur troupe, is offered by a mysterious patron, to perform in Athens. On site, she falls under the spell of a beautiful stranger who leads him on a trip to the Parthenon. The man is an agent of Mossad, the Israeli secret service, responsible for recruiting. Its mission, if it accepts it: to infiltrate a Palestinian group that is the author of several bombings in Europe. For the novice actress, playing the bait in this theater of the real has everything of the role of her life. Lies, manipulation, seduction: how to resist such a composition?
John le Carré in the
scenario A tutelary figure in the spy novel, the former MI6 agent collects wide-screen adaptations of his bestsellers: The Constant Gardener, The spy who came from the cold and, already in 1984, The Little Girl Drum (French translation of the title of the series), signed the great George Roy Hill (The Scam). For this version produced for the BBC, the author, aged 87, is in the script and co-production. A double pledge of quality that is confirmed, as the plot of this six-episode thriller captivates. Here, everything is realistic, zero bling-bling way 007 on the horizon.
A size in the
viewfinder The Korean Park Chan-wook, winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival 2004 for Old Bo y, signs his first achievement for television, but has not abdicated his artistic ambitions. The subtle and twisted director of Mademoiselle (manipulation is one of his favorite themes) remains a great stylist, as evidenced by the vintage reconstruction and the nocturnal stroll at the Parthenon, that would not have hated Alfred Hitchcock. And his art of staging tense participates in the adrenaline that provides this haunting dive in the heart of a shadow operation.
troupe The (not so) candid Charlie is played by Florence Pugh, a 23-year-old English actress, revealed in 's The Young Lady , in 2016, and who has just shone, alongside Chris Pine , in the medieval fresco The Outlaw King . This time, the miss gives the reply to Michael Shannon. Two-time Academy Award nominee, the American actor impresses in Cador Mossad the heavy past. Alexander Skarsgård (photo, seen in True Blood, Big Little Lies ...) is the other famous face of this miniseries of prestige. Additional level of play index: the supporting roles are in tune with excellence.
The Little Drummer Girl , is to follow every Thursday at 21.00 on Canal +
'In the Dream House': Carmen Maria Machado powerfully explores trauma of abuse .
Carmen Maria Machado follows her brilliant 2017 story collection "Her Body and Other Parties" with a powerful examination of an abusive relationship.She seems to be just as comfortable applying that strategy to nonfiction as well. In her piercing follow-up memoir, “In the Dream House” (Graywolf, 264 pp., ★★★½ out of four stars), she explores the trauma of a psychologically abusive relationship, as she falls for a woman whose behavior becomes increasingly nightmarish. The unnamed woman is a fellow creative-writing grad student, attractive and addictingly carefree.