Just a note to tip Brew readers about an upcoming event by one of our sponsors, The Ivy Bookshop.
A representative from Random House publishers will be at the store showcasing their new books and offering pre-release copies of many of them. Among the two dozen books they’re promoting:
• Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo. The publisher calls this “landmark work of narrative nonfiction about families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great global cities: Mumbai, India.” Writing in the New York Times, reviewer Janet Maslin described the swampy slum on which thw riter focuses this way: “Half an acre. 335 huts. 3,000 people. And a concrete wall that is supposed to hide them from view: this is Annawadi.”
• The Orphan Master’s Son, a novel by Adam Johnson set in North Korea. The main character Pak Jun Do, considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” rises in the ranks and becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive,” according to the publisher’s blurb.
• Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch, by Sally Bedell Smith, is a biography of the woman “who ascended to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25,” and promises, according to the publisher’s blurb, “fresh insights drawn from unprecedented access to the Queen’s private letters, estates, and close associates into. . . Queen Elizabeth II’s professional and family relationships, especially with her husband of nearly 65 years, Prince Philip, her four headline-grabbing children, and her grandchildren, William and Harry.”