- The Cactus League
Largely plotless, the book is a vivid collection of stories, as each character is brought to life in convincing detail, though the sportswriter’s interstitial musings can be intrusive.
- Oware Mosaic
This brisk, affecting story feels wholly original.
- Hi, I'm Norman: The Story of American Illustrator Norman Rockwell
Framed as a first-person recollection, Rockwell welcomes readers into his studio and shares the story of his life, tracing how his childhood love of “telling stories with pictures” stayed with him as he grew up and found success creating covers for the Saturday Evening Post.
- The Deep & Dark Blue
They find the perfect cover in the Communion as young initiates, where they go by “Hanna” and “Grayce.”
- Female Firebrands: Stories and Techniques to Ignite Change, Take Control, and Succeed in the Workplace
Kiner’s expressed hope is that her interviewees’ stories will help readers feel empowered and ready to advocate for themselves and for other women.
- Yves Klein Painted Everything Blue and Wasn't Sorry.
The story follows Yves’s gonzo, expansive creative practice—covering canvases and bodies in IKB; creating blue cocktails; releasing 1,001 blue balloons; composing a symphony from a single note; and staging photographic illusions.
- The Gimmicks
The novel covers much ground, geographically and historically, but never fully pulls together its disparate story elements.
- Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
Though a bit baggy, the narrative combines the intricate reporting of All the President's Men with Kafkaesque atmosphere to reveal troubling collusion between the media and the powerful interests they cover.
- The Murals (First World Publication)
This suspense novel from Bayer (The Luzern Photograph) doesn’t make the most of its intriguing hook—the discovery of a room lined with creepy murals—or the warning in its preface about the reliability of the story’s several narrators.
- Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever
In this prequel to the Rudolph story, Tavares explains how Santa ended up with his original reindeer crew.
- Christmas Is Coming! an Advent Book: Crafts, Games, Recipes, Stories, and More!
The cover of this volume features advent windows that correspond with holiday crafts and other activities from the first of December through Christmas Eve.
- Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future
The larger story of how the women came to be involved with the program is not covered, though the text explains their later contributions to the field, which an authors’ note further discusses.
- Here Until August: Stories
The 10 sharp, vivid stories in Rowe’s first collection (after the novel A Loving, Faithful Animal) showcase characters overwhelmed by the harsh and often beautiful places in which they feel not at all at home.
- Trust Me When I Lie
When Curtis is released after a retrial and another murder soon follows, Jack regrets covering his mistakes with cleverly constructed lies.
- Second City Sinners: True Crime from Historic Chicago's Deadly Streets
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Seidel has gathered the stories of the Windy City’s most notorious 19th- and 20th-century murderers, from the Haymarket Affair in 1886 to Richard Speck’s horrific murder of eight student nurses in 1966, in this earnest, well-researched crime collection.