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Holiday Quick Picks

There could be no better travel companion than
Paul Theroux. Here he takes us on a deep dive
into Mexico — a fascinating journey with rich
portraits of people and the land, the mysterious
back roads  of Chiapas and Oaxaca. His humanistic
approach is particularly welcome in the age of Trump.
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Dane Shitagi’s  Ballerina Project (Chronicle Books) —18 years in the making—presents 50 famed ballerinas — captured in mid-motion — off-stage, in the real world. Like rare birds in flight, they are framed in exquisite form, balanced, poised, poetic, sensual. The inherent beauty of ballet is heightened by the natural settings across the globe — cityscapes, beaches, parks and country lanes. This coffee table book will not simply appeal to aficionados of dance, but to all who appreciate gorgeous photographs exhibiting the grace and power of the female form.
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If you take your noir black, with dollops of black humor,
then you’ll find satisfaction with every sip of Pascal Garnier.
His unique novelettes have been translated from the French
and published posthumously in uniform editions by Gallic Books.
C’est La Vie is as surprising as life itself.  CLICK TO BUY


Speaking of black humor… this disturbing little novel
from New Zealand by Annaleese Jochems will add some
chills and dark laughter to the holidays. Two young women
(and a dog named “Snot-head”) are on the lam on a rusty
boat called “Baby.” What could go wrong?   CLICK TO BUY


 

Cutting Edge is a box of dark chocolates —each piece unique —spicy, strange, twisty,
and electric — no two tastes alike. Joyce Carol Oates has hand-picked 17 sharp-edged, feminist-flavored tales of crime and mystery. An  anthology filled with noirish thrills.
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Cara Black‘s series has been flourishing for — (can it really be?) —
twenty years! She has evocatively brought the neighborhoods
of Paris  to life,  and turned countless  thousands of readers into
hardcore Francophiles. If you haven’t met her Parisian private
investigator, Aimée Leduc, well prepare to fall in love. As always,
there’s an intricate plot, sublime dialogue,  suspense, and the charms
of this city. Murder in Bel-Air is Black at her best.
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Hong Kong Noir

photo: Sean Foley

As thousands protest in the streets of Hong Kong, it seems a fitting time to dive into Hong Kong Noir, edited by Jason Y. Ng & Susan Blumberg-Kason. This immersive anthology is part of the phenomenal “Noir Series” from Akashic Books which, by now, surely includes nearly every city on the planet.

Of course, you don’t need GPS to locate noir, it’s not a geographic hotspot, but a state of mind that’s everywhere. Indeed, as the world squirms in the grip of climate change, the angst at the heart of the genre is spreading like a black plague.



Hong Kong has historically existed in the dark shadows of foreign occupation, and today in the looming behemoth of the communist Mainland. To live there is to be wary, to look over your shoulder while surrounded by spirits and ghosts from the past. The city is a second skin that’s impossible to shed.

Hong Kong Noir offers 14 tales, set in the past and present, that are deeply darknoir at its most seductive and riveting. The writers you’ll discover inside will not be familiar, but they’ll mark you like a tattoo.

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Rock Me!

You’ve surely seen some of Jim Marshall’s iconic rock photographs, but the sheer breadth of his work is pure “wow!”—and featured in JIM MARSHALL: SHOW ME THE PICTURE: IMAGES AND STORIES FROM A PHOTOGRAPHY LEGEND by Amelia Davis. This gorgeous boxed edition from Chronicle Books covers his early work in NYC’s black neighborhoods in the 1960s, through the blossoming California music scene; the historic festivals at Monterey and Woodstock. Marshall’s images capture the spirit of performance as well as intimate portraits of legends like Janis Joplin, Dylan, Hendrix, and Santana. A book to savor.


Excerpts below from:  Jim Marshall: Show Me the Picture by Amelia Davis, published by Chronicle Books 2019

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P.S.

Our nonfiction fix for July:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With two novels as chasers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews to follow. Stay tuned.

MORE SUMMER READING AHEAD…

 

THESE Hot titles have just come in the door…

Can’t wait to dive into the new Peter Diamond Investigation by Peter Lovesey. I’m also heading off to Iceland for a badly needed escape on THE ISLAND with Ragnar Jonasson. Then I’m off to the streets of Hong Kong  for a full dose of HONG KONG NOIR,  And I’m also determined to find out WHO IS VERA KELLY? with a little help from Rosalie Knecht.

But first I’d better take Riley Sager‘s advice and LOCK EVERY DOOR.

Reviews of all coming soon.