Books: April 11, 2014 |


Books: April 11, 2014

Reviews of new books by Martin Walker, Alissa Nutting, and more

New Hardcovers
Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
The cofounder of Pixar lays out the unusual brand of management that has contributed to the animation studio’s success.

The Self-Portrait, James Hall
[Art History]
Think selfies are a new phenomenon? Think again. In Hall’s cultural history of self-portraiture, you’ll find everyone from Michelangelo and Titian to Cindy Sherman.

New Paperbacks
All That Is, James Salter
Nothing much seems to happen in Salter’s tale, a three-decade-long look at the life and loves of a WWII vet–slash–Manhattan editor, but the prose is so glittering that the glacial pace of the plot never matters. B+

The Devil’s Cave, Martin Walker
The fifth outing to star Bruno Courrèges — an astute cop in a truffle-and cheese-laden village in the Périgord region of France — is Walker’s finest yet, a first-rate mystery.

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, Elizabeth L. Silver
You know you shouldn’t believe the narrator, a death-row inmate, as she tells you her story — but she’s so smart and seductive, she sucks you right in. A-

Tampa, Alissa Nutting
Want to be shocked? Check out last year’s most provocative novel — about a very, very bad teacher. B