For the history buffs:
Truly epic, Simon Winchester’s Atlantic tells the story of the ocean from its geological origins to the age of exploration—covering the Vikings, the Irish, the Basques, John Cabot, and Christopher Columbus in the north, and the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south—and from World War II battles to today’s struggles with pollution and overfishing. Equally epic is Michael Korda’s Hero, which tells the story of the man known as Lawrence of Arabia. Both books are available today in paperback.
For the historical fiction buffs:
Matt Rees’ Mozart’s Last Aria ponders an intriguing hypothetical question: who murdered Mozart? Tess Gerritsen said that “Mozart, music, and murder seamlessly blend together in this fascinating historical mystery” and called it “a perfect read to go with a crackling fire and a pot of hot chocolate.”
For fans of outsider lit:
The Marbled Swarm is the long-awaited new novel from Dennis Cooper. It’s hard for me to describe this book. All I can say is that it is both grisly and beautiful.