Joseph Anton: A Memoir - Salman Rushdie

Joseph Anton: A Memoir (Random House, $30) is Salman Rushdie’s extraordinary tale of his life before and during the nine years he lived under threat of death after Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 urging Muslims worldwide to kill Rushdie over his authorship of The Satanic Verses. While much of the story reads like a thriller (secret hideaways, clandestine meetings, close calls), it is also a profound and cautionary tale about the inviolability of freedom of expression. There are many heroes and villains in Rushdie’s story—he pulls no punches in excoriating those willing to sacrifice principle for self-interest—and plenty of juicy tidbits about famous literary figures, politicians, and other notable celebrities. Perhaps most touching is how he copes as a father during weeks and months of separation from his young son.

Joseph Anton: A Memoir By Salman Rushdie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812992786
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Random House - September 18th, 2012

Joseph Anton: A Memoir By Salman Rushdie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982602
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 10th, 2013

The Passage of Power - Robert Caro

The fourth volume of Robert Caro’s majestic biography of Lyndon Johnson, The Passage of Power (Knopf, $35), finally arrived in May after a tenyear wait. Caro’s exhaustive research amply fills the 700-plus pages with enough juicy anecdotes to keep Washington politicos happy for years. Beginning with the 1960 presidential primaries and ending shortly after Kennedy’s assassination, this tightly focused volume allows Caro to dissect the Johnson-Kennedy rivalry in detail, adding Johnson’s bitter feud with Bobby to the mix. Today’s political technocrats, with their data- driven analytics, pale in comparison to the Boston Irishman and the Texas dirt farmer, and this fiveyear period in which the two moved from combat to arms-length collaboration gives an unparalleled view of each one’s political arsenal. When he’s imprisoned in the vice-presidency, Johnson’s misery is palpable, but when he moves into the Oval Office, he reveals his unmatched skills in persuading, cajoling, manipulating, and threatening—whatever it took to get his civil rights bill through Congress. And Caro is with him every step of the way.

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson By Robert A. Caro Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679405078
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf - May 1st, 2012

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV By Robert A. Caro Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375713255
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013

Reinventing Bach - Paul Elie

Paul Elie’s spirited contribution to the ongoing project of Reinventing Bach (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30) is an ingenious three-part invention of a book. Intertwining the stories of Bach, his 20th- and 21st-century interpreters, and technology, Elie explores not just music history but the history of a particular kind of creativity. A lot has changed between Bach’s time, when you had to go to a church to hear an organ toccata, and today, when you can carry whole orchestras around on an iPod. Elie recounts the stages of this shift from the “pre-recorded era” to the digital age, examining what it has meant for music and for specific musicians. Focusing on Albert Schweitzer, Pablo Casals, Leopold Stokowski, Glenn Gould, and Yo-Yo Ma, Elie (a practiced hand at group biography, as his acclaimed The Life You Save May Be Your Own attests) shows how each of these Bach devotees brought out new facets of the music even as they—and technology—opened yet more avenues for playing, recording, and listening to the inexhaustible wonder that is Bach.

Reinventing Bach By Paul Elie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374534042
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2013