“Thirty Rooms to Hide In,” by Luke Longstreet Sullivan (University of Minnesota Press, $24.95) has a subtitle that sort of grabs you: “Insanity, Addiction, and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic.”
There’s all manner of biography and serious history new to bookshelves this winter.
Someone on your holiday gift list who likes to read books by and about characters in the upper midwest? There’s a plethora in that category this year.
My wife and I love to travel to Italy. We love the landscape, the architecture, the food and the people. We’ve just completed our eighth trip to Italy where we stayed at the Tuscan estate of our longtime acquaintances, Caterina and Aurelio Pellegrini.
Several writers are taking their cues from earlier centuries. In the 18th century, Samuel Richardson found he had a bestseller on his hands when he wasn’t even trying.
Mark Kurlansky astounded the reading world several years ago when he wrote “Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World.” Later he did the same thing with “Salt: A World History.”