“Patrick Phillips (Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America) has a perfect perch from which to observe and document the ghosts of old racial divisions in his Georgia home that culminated in white citizens of the county hanging and beating several black men and expelling nearly all of its black citizens after the rape of two young white women in 1912.”
Arundhati Roy on her forthcoming novel–her first in 20 years: “I am glad to report that the mad souls (even the wicked ones) in The Ministry of Utmost Happiness have found a way into the world, and that I have found my publishers.”
“With all this incessant talk of building walls and mass deportations, Nuevo New York, a new book celebrating notable Latinos in the culture capital of the world, aims to challenge those negative notions.”
On Born to Run: “[Bruce] Springsteen has had to cope with his father’s legacy not just psychologically but genetically: He undergoes his own major depressive swings, in fact several of them in recent years. The idea of the Boss on antidepressants, or spending months unable to stop crying, is a touch startling, although it shouldn’t be for those who’ve heard, say, Nebraska. Touring is his way of self-medicating, but he tends to crash when he is off the road, sometimes severely, because ‘when you’re on tour, you’re king, and when you’re home, you’re not.’ In fact, he credits years of work with his psychiatrist for having made this book possible.”
Says Charles McGrath (John O’Hara: Stories): “He writes about high life and low life, crooks and Social Register types, and he’s surprisingly good on showbiz; not just actors, but agents and publicity people and hangers-on.”
“[MacKinlay] Kantor’s story is fascinating — a biographical gold mine and an object lesson in the ultimate fading away of the best-selling, prize-winning success many writers dream about.” Here’s Susan Cheever on The Most Famous Write Who Ever Lived.
Jan Morris at 90. “For many people, the best-known fact about Jan is that she spent the first half of her life as a man and the second as a woman. She has joked that when she dies, her obituaries will be headlined ‘Sex-change author dies’”.