New Books

April 24, 2008

There are some excellent books being published this spring and here are a few that have arrived this week:

Around The World In 80 Dinners by Cheryl and Bill Jamison ~~ After years of writing award-winning cookbooks, renowned culinary experts Cheryl and Bill Jamison were ready to take a break. So in the fall of 2005 they packed their bags, locked up their house in Santa Fe, and set off on a three-month-long visit to ten countries—all on frequent-flier miles.

The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir ~~ A fictional portrait of the tumultuous early life of Queen Elizabeth I describes her perilous path to the throne of England and the scandal, political intrigues, and religious turmoil she confronted along the way.

Metro Stop Paris: underground tales from the City of Light by Gregor Dallas ~~ Métro Stop Paris recounts the extraordinary and colorful history of the City of Light, by way of twelve Métro stops—a voyage across both space and time. At each stop a Parisian building, or street, or tomb or landmark sparks a story that holds particular significance for that area of the city.

Physics Of The Impossible: a scientific exploration into the world of phasers, force fields, teleportation, and time travel by Michio Kaku ~~ A fascinating exploration of the science of the impossible—from death rays and force fields to invisibility cloaks—revealing to what extent such technologies might be achievable decades or millennia into the future.

We Would Have Played For Nothing: baseball stars of the 1950s and 1960s talk about the game they loved by Fay Vincent ~~ The second volume of former Commissioner of Baseball Fay Vincent’s oral-history project — the first was The Only Game in Town — this rich work records Vincent’s own interviews with 11 major league stars from the 1950s and ’60s talking about their careers and their fellow competitors. Included are interviews with the Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Billy Williams, Robin Roberts, Duke Snider, Ralph Branca, Carl Erskine, Bill Rigney, Lew Burdette, and Frank Robinson.