‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction’
By Jeff Vandermeer. Abrams Image; 332 pgs., $24.95.
The life and lessons of the Rev. Al Sharpton
‘The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership’
By Al Sharpton. Cash Money Content; 272 pgs., $22.
‘My Brief History’
By Stephen Hawking. Bantam Dell; 144 pgs., $22.
There are a lot of popular doorstop-length novels now. Subplots can be interrupted by diversions and most readers won’t bat an eye.
‘The Origins of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks & Parkways’
By Samuel W. Thomas. Holland Brown Books; 254 pgs., $50.
‘Fish Bites Cop! Stories To Bash Authorities’
By David James Keaton. Comet Press; 280 pgs., $14.95.
‘Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show ‘Soul Train’: Classic Moments’
Controversial words on a controversial life
‘Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him’
By David Henry & Joe Henry. Algonquin Books; 400 pgs., $26.
More than 500 words, to contribute to “a public dialogue about belief — one essay at a time.” The “This I Believe” statement of personal values, begun on a 1950s
Goliath Gladwell’s mixed messages about struggle and success
‘David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants’
By Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown; 307 pgs., $29.