A true crime story, a visual homage to surfing, the latest from Don DeLillo, and a devastating war-zone memoir. Yeah. Remember to wear sunscreen.
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Surf Odyssey: The Culture of Wave Riding
Courtesy of Simon and Schuster
Editors: Andrew Groves, Maximillian Funk, Robert Klanten
For an easy trip to the beach—and a great coffee table trophy—pick up this striking visual homage to surfing. Every page transports you to a world where all that matters is the wave. From a thundering 40-footer off the coast of Tasmania to the Zenlike craft of building a board, the photography captures the terrifying grandeur of the ocean, with smart captions that get to the heart of the sport’s very personal appeal.
DeLillo has written some of the most enduring fiction of the past 50 years. This, his first novel since 2010, is about the ultimate wager—against death itself. Told through the eyes of a son, this haunting, provocative book follows a billionaire who invests in a company he believes has found the secret to immortality through cryogenic freezing and cellular regeneration. The catch is, after you die you must wait in a frozen state for technology to catch up. His first test subject is his young, ailing wife.
In 2004, Army vet Eric Fair took a contract job as an interrogator in Iraq just as so-called “enhanced” methods were coming under public scrutiny. He made his own memories at Abu Ghraib, listening to the screams of tortured men, which haunt him to this day. This memoir finds him in survival mode, turning over the pieces of a fractured conscience in stark, declarative prose. The courage of his book is that he never bargains to be saved. To remain lost is his last tether to honor. It’s all he has.
A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad
Courtesy of Henry Holt
Author: Del Quentin WIlber
Wilber is a former veteran Baltimore Sun and Washington Post reporter who spent one cold February in 2013 tailing the homicide squad in Maryland’s combustible Prince George County, just outside of D.C. Here, he profiles this group of hardened but dedicated detectives, bent on justice but beset by impossible odds. It’s like David Simon’s The Wire—urgent but cold-eyed and tragic—and it’s all true.