Great sports writing tells us about much more than sports, and such is the case with Nicholas Dawidoff’s superb new book about the hidden culture of the NFL. Embedded with the New York Jets and their colorful head coach, Rex Ryan, for a year, Dawidoff unveils the tensions, rewards, comedies, and tragedies experienced by NFL players and coaches but often out of view in a nation otherwise obsessed with professional football. Neither a booster nor a critic, Dawidoff relies on his immense talent as a writer, and his own humanity, to tell this fascinating story.

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 19th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780316196789
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 9th, 2014

 

Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, once again shows that he is a master storyteller and one of the finest craftsmen writing fiction today. And The Mountains Echoed (Riverhead, $28.95), exploring how the interwoven lives of one Afghan family intersect and echo across generations and geographic boundaries, is probably his most ambitious novel to date. It is a beautiful, searing, and evocative tale that makes the reader think hard about the convergence of circumstance and choice, the pull of family and country, and the pressures on a people who struggle to remain whole amid foreign occupation, the rise of radical Islam, and the tensions of the post 9/11 world.

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Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2013

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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

 

After several decades in CIA counter-intelligence, Jason Matthews turned his attention to writing fiction, and what a debut he’s had. Red Sparrow (Scribner, $26.99), his elegant spy thriller set largely in present-day Russia, Finland, and Washington, D.C., centers on the relationship between an ambitious young CIA agent stationed abroad and a brilliant but flawed female Russian agent forced to learn the art of seduction and assigned to unmask him and the Russian mole he’s cultivating. (She has been compared to Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander.) There is also a cast of vividly drawn—and, in some cases, terrifying—lesser characters. As with a few other great spy novelists, Matthews relies on his own first-hand experience as a covert agent to provide details about espionage that are by turns fascinating, chilling, and even comical. He also weaves into the story evocative references to food, which readers might overlook but for the relevant recipes he includes at the end of each chapter. This is a touch of whimsy that, by the book’s close, becomes oddly comforting and humorous, too.

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ISBN: 9781476706122
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Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2013

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Published: Scribner - December 9th, 2014

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