Hemingway’s Myths, Leonard Cohen’s War, Courtroom Dramas: A New Book Anthology

Our latest book selection, handpicked by Mitch Kaplan for Books and Books, includes two new books on North Americans and a thrilling legal thriller from a compelling Miami author. Order them at the links below.


The Importance of Not Being Ernest: My Life with the Unwanted Hemingway by Mark Kurlansky

Journalist Mark Korlansky has previously addressed Hemingway-adjacent topics like Havana and plane fishing in his previous books, so it stands to reason that he would make a perfect indexer for the literary giant himself. But The importance of not being Ernest Not a standard issue is the biography of Hemingway, of which there are many. Instead, Kurlansky’s reports shatter him out of personal, literary, and historical rabbit holes, charting some of the ways in which his career parallels the myth of his primary influence. He was in Idaho the day Hemingway died in those unexpected states, for example, and he also spent important career years in Paris and Spain, two of Hemingway’s places. The book, Mana for Ernest’s Hardcore Followers, is filled with anecdotes and historical facts and even includes a wrap with two winners of the Key West Hemingway Lookalike competition. Mitch Kaplan will lead a virtual chat with Kurlansky at 8 PM on June 13. tuning here.

From Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai by Matty Friedman

Friedman’s carefully researched book is a hybrid work of music and war reporting, depicting a pivotal year for both Leonard Cohen and his ancestral homeland in Israel. Cohen was 39 years old and was creatively stunned in 1973, when Egypt attacked Israel on a high holiday, triggering the Yom Kippur War. Loving home over comfort, Cohen left his home on the Greek island of Hydra for the bloody sands of the Sinai desert, where he would perform for young soldiers fighting for their lives and the freedom of their people. This harrowing adventure left a lasting imprint on the Canadian poet and songwriter, who had previously announced the early end of his musical career; Instead, it inspired many of the tracks on his 1974 comeback album, A new look for the old party. who burns with fire He explores all of this, supplementing with newly discovered selections from Cohen’s incomplete manuscript and rarely photographed scenes from that period.


Neruda in the Garden by Clevis Natera

It has been named by many connoisseurs as one of the most awaited books of 2022, Neruda in the garden It represents the first novel by Clives Natera, a multi-award winning author who holds a Master of Fine Arts from New York University. It centers around an innovative yet familiar scene: a fictional Dominican enclave in upper Manhattan that will soon be on a chopping block for gentrification, where an apartment block is set to be demolished to build luxury apartments. This development strains the close patriarchal bond between selfless Josipia, a proud elder in the community, and her 29-year-old daughter Luz, who has been navigating the spore waters of the realm of White Law. While Eusebia prepares a series of schemes to disrupt construction, Luz establishes a serious relationship with the developer of a company whose mother her mother works tirelessly to remove, preparing an explosive finale – and establishing Natera as an exciting new voice in fantasy.

With prejudice to Robin Biggero

The closest thing in this column to the beach, this legal thriller of local origin is touted as one of the smartest and most original entries in the ubiquitous genre. The death of a free-spirited young woman prompted authorities to arrest and prosecute Gabriel Soto, whose locks of hair were discovered in the victim’s bedroom. Focus on with bias It’s the seven-member jury—among them a no-nonsense tax auditor, a soft-spoken doctor, and a paranoid neighborhood vigilante—who each bring their own baggage to a life-or-death decision. Meanwhile, an ambitious young prosecutor and a prominent attorney general vie for their side of the proceedings, in a narrative filled with unpredictable revelations. Author Biggero knows his way around the courtroom. He is a former Miami homicide attorney general and currently serves as an investigative advisor to the US House of Representatives and specializes in domestic terrorism.

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