Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy by Kati Marton (Simon & Schuster, $27) — The author, who won awards for her work with NPR and ABC News, reconstructs the story of spy Noel Field. In the turbulent 1930s, the State Department employee was seduced by communism and worked for Joseph Stalin through the ’40s. Research included correspondence from the Field family, records from the Soviet Secret Police and key figures (Alger Hiss and Allen Dulles).
▪ The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe (Little Brown and Company, $26) — At age 85, the bestselling author returns to his journalism roots for his first nonfiction work in 16 years. He’s taking on speech and evolution with his thesis being that language is what sets man apart. At 169 pages (with a handful of footnotes), Wolfe isn’t necessarily interested in taking out evolution but taking on some of the heavyweights: Noam Chomsky, Daniel L. Everett and others.
▪ Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr (Random House, $30) — After 22 years, the bestselling author presents a modern-day followup to The Alienist with criminal profiler Laszlo Kreizler’s tactics being used by protagonist Dr. Trajan Jones. Jones is helping track down a killer who’s targeting “throwaway children” — they’ve been abandoned by their parents in upstate New York. Jones and sidekick Dr. Michael Li, plus two of the children, are working to unravel the mystery.
Meet the author
Craig Nelson will talk about and sign his new book, Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness, at 7 p.m. Thursday for Authors Live! at Highland Park United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Call 214-523-2240 for additional information.