We’re always on the lookout for books that strike a chord with our readers. In our New & Notable series you’ll find several editors’ selections that we’d like to share. This week we’ve chosen books whose subjects and styles vary widely, from entertaining (The Revolution Was Televised) to mischievous (Because I Said So!) to profound (Elie Wiesel’s Open Heart).

 

Nonfiction | Television

The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever, by Alan Sepinwall. The Sopranos. Oz. The Wire. Deadwood. The Shield. Lost. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 24. Battlestar Galactica. Friday Night Lights. Mad Men. Breaking Bad. These 12 shows, and the many more they made possible, ushered in a new golden age of television—one that made people take the medium more seriously than ever before . . . [This is] the story of these 12 shows, as told by [author Alan] Sepinwall and the people who made them, including David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Vince Gilligan and more. (Excerpted from Amazon.com. The book was self-published.)

Review

“So when I picked up Alan’s terrific new self-published book, The Revolution Was Televised—by which I mean, when I downloaded it onto my phone and scrolled nonstop for two days—I knew it would be good. And it is: the book is a smart and substantive walk through the past fifteen years of television drama, making a lucid case for the auteurist mentality among modern showrunners.”—The New Yorker

 

Nonfiction | Memoir | Authors, French

Open Heart, by Elie Wiesel. A profoundly and unexpectedly intimate, deeply affecting summing up of his life so far, from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time. Eighty-two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life. Emotions, images, faces and questions flash through his mind. His family before and during the unspeakable Event. The gifts of marriage and children and grandchildren that followed. In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he done enough for memory and the survivors? . . . The world’s tireless ambassador of tolerance and justice has given us this luminous account of hope and despair, an exploration of the love, regrets and abiding faith of a remarkable man. (Excerpted from Alfred A. Knopf, publisher.)

Review

“A successful husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and writer, [Mr. Wiesel] is an asset to humankind. He has turned despondency into a message of approval and optimism . . . Mr. Wiesel packages equal parts beauty and astonishing description in an impossibly concise manner. Few authors have possessed such capacity for succinctness and brevity with magnificent dexterity.” New York Journal of Books


Nonfiction | Humor

Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, by Ken Jennings. Armed with medical case histories, scientific findings, and even the occasional experiment on himself (or his kids), Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amok. Whether you’re a parent who wants to know what you can stop worrying about or a kid (of any age) looking to say, “I told you so,” this is the anti–helicopter parenting book you’ve been waiting for. (Excerpted from Simon & Schuster, Publishers)

Review

“A fun, lighthearted compendium of conventional wisdom, mostly parental, which debunks plenty of old wives’ tales and urban myths while offering a few surprising truths . . . . ‘Occasionally Mom knew what she was talking about,’ as this clever book confirms, but often she did not.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

 

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