The Art Museum, by the editors of Phaidon Press ($59.95), brings together an astonishing cross-section of work from around the globe and throughout time, reproduced in over 1,600 beautiful color images. The reader can jump from virtual room to virtual room by flipping the pages, or stay in one place for a comprehensive study. This book is perfect for an art lover, a person who wants to learn about art, or someone who loves art but whose feet just can’t take the Smithsonian anymore. A single book doesn’t get more entertaining or informative than this, and finally there is no crowd standing in front of what you want to see.
Rachel Childs overcame a difficult childhood to become a fearless overachiever, a journalist always searching for the truth. While reporting from Haiti, an on-air breakdown destroys her confidence, career, marriage, and sanity. Struggling with agoraphobia and flashbacks, she meets Brian, a man who understands her and supports her through her struggles. On a rare trip out, Rachel's conception of what is real is fractured and she is catapulted out of the safety of her home and into a new world where every moment is life-threatening and no one is trustworthy, not even Brian. Or is her mind still working against her? In Since We Fell, Dennis Lehane creates a complex, fully-realized character and takes us with her through a wild, emotional thriller.
Veteran reporter William Geroux finds a fascinating chapter of WWII history practically in his own backyard, chronicling the men and women of Mathews County, Virginia in The Mathews Men. This town full of Merchant Mariners was a crucial part of the war effort, transporting supplies and oil across the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico to allied forces. Not soldiers, and without the means to defend themselves, they were often victims of both predatory German U-boats and the dangers of the sea. The Hodges family alone sent seven sons out on the ocean, and the stories of their perils, near-misses, daring rescues, and heartbreaking losses deserve to be told and remembered.