Wednesday, February 5, 2014
4 Nonfiction Titles to Look for In February
Crazy Town: the Rob Ford Story (M)
by Robyn Doolittle (February 3)
It shouldn't be too surprising that will all the scandal surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in the last few months, that we'd see a political commentary hitting the book shelves so soon into 2014.
"Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle was one of three journalists to view the video and report on its contents in May 2013. Her dogged pursuit of the story has uncovered disturbing details about the mayor’s past, and embroiled the Toronto police, city councillors, and ordinary citizens in a raucous debate about the future of the city. Even before those explosive events, Ford was a divisive figure. A populist and successful city councillor, he was an underdog to become mayor in 2010. His politics and mercurial nature have split the amalgamated city in two. But there is far more to the story. The Ford family has a long, unhappy history of substance abuse and criminal behaviour. Despite their troubles, they are also one of the most ambitious families in Canada. Those close to the Fords say they often compare themselves to the Kennedys and believe they were born to lead. Doolittle says that regardless of whether the mayor survives the current crack-cocaine scandal, the Ford name will be on the ballot in the mayoralty election in 2014. Fast paced and insightful, Crazy Town is a page-turning portrait of a troubled man, a formidable family, and a city caught in an astonishing scandal."
Andy Murray Seventy-Seven: my road to Wimbledon glory (M)
by Andy Murray (February 4)
How to Be Danish: a journey to the cultural heart of Denmark (M)
by Patrick Kingsley (February 4)
I've been obsessed with watching the Danish political drama series Borgen of late, but I'm not alone it seems in my interest in all things Danish. "Denmark is the country of the moment. Recently named the happiest nation in the world, it’s the home of The Killing and Noma, the world’s best (and most eccentric) restaurant. We wear their sweaters, watch their thrillers, and covet their cool modern design, but how much do we really know about the Danes themselves? Part reportage, part travelogue, How to Be Danish fills in the gaps—an introduction to contemporary Danish culture that spans politics, television, food, architecture, and design."
HRC: state secrets and the rebirth of Hillary Clinton (M)
by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes (February 11)