November books


November 1, 2022

notable new releases

compiled by Sally Brewster

Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono

Bono writes for the first time about his remarkable life, taking us from his early days growing up in Dublin, including the sudden loss of his mother when he was 14, to U2’s unlikely journey to become one of the world’s most influential rock bands to his more than 20 years of activism dedicated to fighting AIDS and extreme poverty. The book’s 40 chapters are each named after a U2 song. Bono has also created 40 original drawings for Surrender, which appear throughout the book.

Now is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson

Frankie Budge, a 16-year-old loner who dreams of becoming a writer, meets Zeke, also 16, who has just moved to town. Together they make a poster with the cryptic line, “The edge is a shantytown filled with gold seekers. We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us.” Thrilled at their creation, Frankie and Zeke make hundreds of copies on a photocopier stolen by Frankie’s triplet brothers, then post them around town. Copycats begin doing the same, and before long it becomes a nationwide mystery and phenomenon. Frankie and Zeke keep their involvement a secret until 20 years later, when a journalist finds out Frankie’s role. Confronted with the possibility of her secret coming out, Frankie goes on a quest to come clean with her family and reconnect with old friends.

None of This Would Have Happened if Prince Were Alive
by Carolyn Prusa

Ramona’s got a bratty boss, a toddler teetering through toilet training, a critical mom who doesn’t mind sharing and a cheating husband. Then a Category 4 hurricane bearing down on her life in Savannah becomes just another item on her to-do list. In the next 48 hours she’ll add a neighborhood child and the class guinea pig named Clarence Thomas to her entourage as she struggles to evacuate. Ignoring the persistent glow of her minivan’s check engine light, Ramona navigates police checkpoints, bathroom emergencies, demands from her boss and torrential downpours while fielding calls and apology texts from her cheating husband and longing for the days when her life was like a Prince song, full of sexy creativity and joy.

The Cloisters by Katy Hays

When Ann Stilwell arrived in New York City, she expected to spend her summer working as a curatorial associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Instead, she found herself assigned to The Cloisters, a gothic museum and garden renowned for its medieval art collection and its group of enigmatic researchers studying the history of divination. Desperate to escape her painful past, Ann is happy to indulge the researchers’ more outlandish theories about the history of fortune telling. But what begins as academic curiosity quickly turns into obsession when Ann discovers a hidden 15th-century deck of tarot cards that might hold the key to predicting the future. When the dangerous game of power, seduction and ambition at The Cloisters turns deadly, Ann becomes locked in a race for answers as the line between the arcane and the modern blurs.

The Rebel and the Kingdom: The True Story of the Secret Mission to Overthrow the North Korean Regime by Bradley Hope

Adrian Hong was a soft-spoken Yale undergraduate looking for his place in the world. After reading a harrowing account of life inside North Korea, he realized he had found a cause so pressing that he was ready to devote his life to it. This nonfiction account chronicles Hong’s efforts to subvert the North Korean regime. In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, The Rebel and the Kingdom is an exhilarating account of a man who turns his back on the status quo — to instead live boldly by his principles. Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Bradley Hope, who broke numerous details of Hong’s operations in The Wall Street Journal, now reveals the full contours of this remarkable story of idealism and insanity, hubris and heroism, all set within the secret battle for the future of the world’s most mysterious and unsettling nation.  SP

Sally Brewster is the proprietor of Park Road Books. 4139 Park Rd.,

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