Dinner with DiMaggio
Rock Positano (nonfiction, Simon & Schuster, paperback)
The memoir of a decade-long friendship between the sports legend and his foot-and-ankle specialist, Dr. Rock Positano, in the last years of DiMaggio’s life. As the two get to know each other, DiMaggio, famous for his reserve, opened up to Positano. Now in paperback.
The Madonna of the Mountains
Elise Valmorbida (fiction, Spiegel & Grau)
An epic tale that begins in the 1920s, where 25-year-old Maria Vittoria becomes engaged to a man her father brings home. The book follows her over the next few decades, as the war, fascism, marriage and the demands of family life bring a different life than she ever would have imagined.
Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas
Tom Papa (Essays, St. Martin’s)
A hilarious book about family, from crazy aunts and uncles, loud grandparents, parenting exploits and more. You might not have Tom Papa’s relatives, but you’ll probably recognize them.
The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World’s Most Powerful Mafia
Alex Perry (nonfiction, William Morrow)
In 2009, an abused Calabrian mob wife was killed for turning state’s evidence. Prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti — who had a hunch that the Mafia’s sexism and misogyny could be turned against itself — approached two more Mafia wives and persuaded them to testify in exchange for a new start for themselves and their children.
Lincoln’s Last Trial
Dan Abrams (nonfiction, Hanover Square Press)
It was the summer of 1859, and in Springfield, Ill., a 22-year-old named Peachy Quinn Harrison was on trial for murder. The lawyer defending him: none other than Abraham Lincoln. It would be his last great legal case.
Michael Walsh (Encounter Books)
What can we learn from the past? Plenty, argues Walsh, who presents a passionate defense of Western cultural and religious traditions in this wide-ranging historical treatise.
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