For all the bibliophiles out there, the New York Review of Books in out with its annual Fall Books issue. We read the Review for its articles, but the Review's book ads are a worth a look.
Here are a few fall books we found intriguing, in no particular order:
• Vietnam Zippos: American Soldier's Engravings and Stories (1965-1973), by Sherry Buchanan, The University of Chicago Press. According to the ad, the book "tells the fascinating story of how the humble Zippo became a talisman and companion for American GIs during their tours of duty." Click here for the Chicago list.
• In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, the Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement, by Michael Lienesch, The University of North Carolina Press. We traveled to Dayton, Tenn., some years ago, just to see the site of the famous trial. We'd like to know more. Find out more by clicking here.
• Alexis de Tocqueville: A Life, by Hugh Brogan, Yale University Press. We read a short biography of the man last year. Again, we'd like to know more about this important observer of the American experiment. The publisher's website is linked here.
• Beans: A History, by Ken Albala, Palgrave Macmillan. Yes, it sounds like a bad joke. But they're cheap and abundant, and they feed millions. So this isn't as funny as it sounds. Here's the Palgrave link.
We'll save additional recommendations for another day. Meanwhile, happy reading.