What happens when a crusading lawyer is found murdered, and one of his clients is wrongly convicted of the crime? That’s at the center of John Grisham’s latest legal thriller, The Guardians, in which another lawyer’s inquiry into the conviction turns up evidence of a sinister conspiracy.
The Ride of a Lifetime
The Walt Disney Company has been an entertainment juggernaut for years, but in the past decade or so, it’s expanded into even more areas of popular culture. Robert Iger became CEO of the company in 2005, and The Ride of a Lifetime is his look back at what he’s learned from his time in that role.
During his career in football, Michael Lombardi has worked with three of the NFL’s most successful head coaches of all time: Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichick. In Gridiron Genius, Lombardi, a three-time Super Bowl winner, shares what he knows about putting together a successful football team. New England Patriots fans may be intrigued to know that Belichick contributed the foreword.
For readers fond of incisive political commentary, there’s plenty to be had when Rachel Maddow is your guide. In her new book, Blowout, she explores questions of corruption in the oil and gas industry, and what the ramifications are for governments and environments around the globe.
Wild and Crazy Guys
Nick de Semlyen
The 1980s were the heyday for a number of comedians who left their mark on movies and television—Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, and Steve Martin among them. Nick de Semlyen’s Wild and Crazy Guys offers readers an inside look into that moment of comedic history, and the massive personalities whose work still makes us laugh today.
Jack Reacher, the hero of Lee Child’s epic series, has become one of the most enduring fictional characters of recent years. In Blue Moon, Reacher’s efforts to help an aging couple place him in the sights of a pair of rival gangs—a recipe for action and mayhem if ever there was one.
Tools and Weapons
Technology can connect people and improve everyday living—but it can also tear people apart and make for a more unnerving world. In this book, Microsoft president Brad Smith explores the contradictory elements of the digital world and ponders how it can be used for a better tomorrow.
The Girl Who Lived Twice
In David Lagercrantz’s latest installment in the continuation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, Lisbeth Salander has mysteriously vanished, searching for a way to vanquish her most dangerous enemy. Combine this with a mysterious conspiracy and a desperate partnership, and you have The Girl Who Lived Twice, a thrilling foray into a gripping milieu.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
With each new novel, Marlon James takes readers to an entirely new corner of the world—or, as is the case here, to an entirely new world. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a sprawling epic fantasy in which an unlikely group of heroes tracks a missing child and discovers unsettling truths along the way.
Ottessa Moshfegh’s literary debut came in 2014 with this acclaimed short novel, a tale of nautical life in the 19th century that blends acute psychological realism with a series of thrilling moral questions at its center. Recently reissued, McGlue is a haunting book, told in an intense prose style—a novella readers won’t soon forget.
The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s entirely possible you’re going to need some gift ideas for an important man in your life, be it a parent, a friend, a relative, or a significant other. And while we can’t predict their literary tastes to a T, we can offer suggestions spanning a wide range of styles and genres. Whether the important man in your life is looking for insights on contemporary politics or a thrilling narrative set in a distant land, there’s plenty to choose from here.
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