Jim Gaffigan has made an impressive career by getting audiences laughing about American bad habits.
‘Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors’
By Andrew Shaffer. Harper Perennial; 304 pgs., $14.99..
Author Fenton Johnson explores writing and real life, including his Catholic upbringing, love of Kentucky, and the loss of friends and his partner from AIDS
There’s one thing Fenton Johnson wants you to know about reading this article — in this moment, as you pore over these words, we are all here together.
‘What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal’
By Laina Dawes. Bazillion Points; 224 pgs., $16.95.
‘The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen’
By Susan Bordo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 368 pgs., $27.
Jill McCorkle weaves stories both sad and happy in ‘Life After Life’
‘Life After Life’
By Jill McCorkle. Algonquin Books; 352 pgs., $24.95.
Nearly a century after its release, ‘The Great Gatsby’ still speaks to America’s class, cultural and racial shifts
Spoiler alert: If you skipped “The Great Gatsby” in high school and never bothered to read the Cliff’s Notes, proceed with caution.
Michael Pollan discusses ‘Cooked’
‘Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation’
By Michael Pollan. Penguin Press; 469 pgs., $27.95.
‘Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations’
By David Ferry. The University of Chicago Press; 115 pgs., $18.
Rebecca Gayle Howell releases ‘Render / An Apocalypse’
‘Render / An Apocalypse’
By Rebecca Gayle Howell. Cleveland State University Poetry Center; 88 pgs., $15.95.