From Heiress to Novelist to Impostor | Biography/Memoir Previews, Aug. 2018

Bingham, Sallie. The Silver Swan: In Search of Doris Duke. Farrar. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780374142599. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780374142599. CD. BIOGRAPHY Businesswoman, philanthropist, war correspondent, horticulturist, art collector: heiress Doris Duke was once tagged as the richest girl in the world, but obviously she was a whole lot more. Multithreat author/activist Bingham burrowed through 800 linear feet of personal papers, made available in 2012, to write this biography. Protean interests: looks like a perfect author/subject match. Cercas, Javier. The Impostor: A True Story. Knopf. Aug. 2018. 384p. tr. from Spanish by Frank Wynne. ISBN 9781524732813. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524732820. BIOGRAPHY People once sobbed over the stories told by Holocaust survivor Enric Marco, based in Barcelona, who gave hundreds of talks about his experiences and won honors. Then, in May 2005, it was revealed that Marco was a fraud, having never been in a camp. How did this happen? Award-winning novelist Cercas (Soldiers of Salamis) writes a true story about deceit. Harris, Kate. Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road. Dey Street: Morrow. Aug. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780062839343. $24.99. TRAVEL Billed as travel, this slice-of-life story recalls the time (between studies at Oxford and MIT) that Harris hopped on a bike and lassoed a childhood friend into traveling down a portion of the Silk Road. In childhood, she had dreamed of being an explorer, and as she pedaled she realized that what this is what modern exploration is: not charting boundaries but passing beyond one's own. With a 75,000-copy first printing. Jackson, Mitchell. Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. Scribner. Aug. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781501131707. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501131745. MEMOIR Jackson, whose debut novel, The Residue Years, was an Ernest Gaines Prize winner and multi-award finalist, here recounts his upbringing in the small black community of Portland, OR, a world defined by drugs and gangs, prostitution and jail time. The book’s four parts—"Family,” “Lessons Learned,” “Prices Paid,” and “Surviving”—explain how he navigated that world, with his struggles emblematic of a larger story. With a four-city tour to Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Portland. McCulloch, Jeanne. All Happy Families: A Memoir. Harper Wave. Aug. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780062234759. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062234773. MEMOIR On a sun-graced August 1983 weekend in the Hamptons, McCullough and her family were gathering for her wedding when her father had a shattering and finally fatal stroke, brought on by alcohol withdrawal. The wedding went on, but the repercussions for both families were long-lasting, with the unopened wedding presents stashed in the attic finally divided five years later when the marriage fell apart. From a former managing editor of the Paris Review and the founding editorial director of Tin House Books; with a 50,000-copy first printing. Spurling, Hilary. Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time. Knopf. Aug. 2018. 480p. ISBN 9780525521341. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780525521358. Downloadable. BIOGRAPHY The esteemed biographer of Henri Matisse, Paul Scott, and Ivy Compton-Burnett, Spurling offers a capacious biography of novelist/critic Anthony Powell, best known for his 12-volume comic masterpiece, A Dance to the Music of Time—no wonder he’s called the English Proust. Not just a life but a times—20th-century literary and artistic London. With a 25,000-copy first printing. Stevens, Nell. The Victorian and the Romantic: A Memoir, a Love Story, and a Friendship Across Time. Doubleday. Aug. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780385543507. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385543514. Downloadable. MEMOIR Struggling with both her dissertation on the artistic expatriate community of 19th-century Rome and her relationship with American screenwriter Max, British author Stevens noticed parallels with the travails of one of her subjects—Elizabeth Gaskell, who fled Britain after completing a masterly work on Charlotte Brontë and found both impossible love and shocking betrayal. Another genre blender, as with her memoir Bleaker House. Van Es, Bart. The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found. Penguin Pr. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780735222243. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780735222250. Downloadable. MEMOIR Growing up in Holland, Oxford English professor Van Es was told that during World War II relatives hid a Jewish girl named Lientje from the Germans but that postwar she and the family parted contentiously. To discover her side of the story, he located the octogenarian Lientje in Amsterdam and formed a close friendship. A story of discovering Lientje and discovering some terrible truths about Holland in wartime.  

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