Each week Entertainment Weekly reviews a small selection of popular new books. In this special fall movie preview issue, readers get short shrift. We hope that ET book reviewers will be back to work next week. Titles available for the Kindle reviewed in the August 21/28 double issue include:
The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind. Putnam. NOVEL. EW's slant: "...an odd hybrid, a thriller with heavy doses of fantasy mixed in..." Amazon customer rating: 3 stars (7 reviews). Kindle edition $15.37. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"Turning twenty-seven may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence... In Alex, Terry Goodkind brings to life a modern hero in a whole new kind of high-octane thriller." - Amazon.
$9.99 or less alternative: Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule or (staying in the mystery/thriller genre) Lee Child's Gone Tomorrow.
Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by Frank Bruni. Penguin. MEMOIR. EW's slant: "What's the big fat deal? Pass the breadsticks." Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (9 reviews). Kindle edition $12.46. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"How a man with a lifelong battle of the bulge landed the job as the restaurant critic for the New York Times, the most influential job in the food world, is only half the story (more like a third, really) in Frank Bruni's brave, brutally honest, often hilarious, and truly endearing memoir..." - Amazon.
$9.99 or less alternative: My Life in France by Julia Child.
Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger by Niguel Slater. Gotham. MEMOIR. EW's slant: "...about adolescence, loneliness and self-discovery, and how one boy learned to eat." Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (11 reviews). Kindle edition $9.99.
"...truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. In each chapter, as he takes readers on a tour of the contents of his family's pantry - rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon biscuits - we are transported... His mother was a chops-and-peas sort of cook, exasperated by the highs and lows of a temperamental stove, a finicky little son, and the asthma that was to prove fatal. His father was a honey-and-crumpets man with an unpredictable temper. When Nigel's widowed father takes on a housekeeper with social aspirations and a talent in the kitchen, the following years become a heartbreaking cooking contest for his father's affections. But as he slowly loses the battle, Nigel finds a new outlet for his culinary talents, and we witness the birth of what was to become a lifelong passion for food. Nigel's likes and dislikes, aversions and sweet-toothed weaknesses, form a fascinating backdrop to this exceptionally moving memoir of childhood, adolescence, and sexual awakening... sure to delight both foodies and memoir readers ..." - Amazon.
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