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Philosophy & Psychology
Freud: In His Time and Ours.
By Élisabeth Roudinesco. Tr. by
Nov. 2016. 576p. Harvard, $35 (9780674659568). 920.
Sigmund Freud misled the world by iden-
tifying himself as the heir of the scientifically
minded Diderot. In this intensively researched
biography, Roudinesco sweeps away that illu-
sion, uncovering the Master’s
true predecessor: the passion-
ate philosopher Nietzsche,
whose willful philosophiz-
ing with a hammer inspired
Freud much more than
did the scientific method.
Readers see how Freud’s
iconoclastic impulses mature
as they follow the young boy who relished his
indulgent mother’s love while harboring dark
suspicions about his father, then see the ma-
ture professional who affirmed his secularized
Jewishness at a time of rising anti-Semitism.
Readers revisit the breakthrough Freud made
with a psychoanalytic theory premised upon
sexual impulses simmering in the uncon-
scious, breaking into our dreams. His
imagination fired with images drawn from
ancient Greek and Latin literature, and
from the stormy side of modern Romanti-
cism, this Nietzschean explorer of the mind
fused Oedipus and Hamlet to explain the
hidden family dynamics of forbidden desire
and unacknowledged repression. Ruthless
in smashing traditional credos, Freud jeal-
ously protected the orthodoxy of his own
radical theorizing from apostate disciples
(Jung, Adler, and Reich). Though Roudi-
nesco credits Freud with insights into
individual psyches, she exposes his tardi-
ness in recognizing the collective threat of
fascism. A revealing portrait of a cultural
revolutionary. —Bryce Christensen
Fighting Blind: A Green Beret’s Story of
By Ivan Castro and Jim DeFelice.
Nov. 2016. 304p. St. Martin’s, $26.99 (9781250076540).
When Castro led a sniper-scout team on an
army mission in Iraq in 2006, a mortar round
exploded near him. He suffered traumatic head
injuries, a collapsed lung, and a fractured right
arm. His right eye was enucleated (literally
blown out of its socket) and his left eye was
severely damaged. Permanently blinded, Castro was thrust into a world of darkness, literally
and figuratively. He emotionally recounts his
difficult journey from being wounded to recovery to learning how to live as a blind man.
He confesses to the heavy emotional toll on his
personal life. While he strove for self-reliance,
there was no escaping the need to lean on others. Helplessness and despair were replaced by
perseverance and competitiveness as Castro
found solace and ultimately salvation in exercise. Running became his identity—“the blind
marathoner”—as he completed more than 50
marathons, including the Boston Marathon.
He has bicycled throughout America and skied
to the South Pole. He even found a way to
continue his career in military service. Readers
will marvel at Castro’s courage and fortitude.
Jo Malone: My Story.
By Jo Malone.
Nov. 2016. 416p. Simon & Schuster, $27
Famed U.K. fragrance designer Malone has
written an inspired autobiography detailing
her humble beginnings and subsequent rise to
the crème de la crème of luxury retailers. The
story is instantly engaging
and relatable, with Malone
emerging as the voice of a
trusted friend. From a young
age, Malone learned to work
hard and innovate to help
her parents keep food on the
table. After dropping out of
school at 15, she survives the
only way she knows how: mixing face creams
and giving facials. Her talent, paired with a
highly sensitive nose and the partnership of
a husband with an intuition for business,
would unexpectedly skyrocket Malone into
the world of high-end luxury goods. The journey is full of ups and downs, which Malone
tackles with grace and optimism, remaining
all the while unflaggingly honest about her
faults. Throughout, Malone uses evocative
language that’s sure to ignite readers’ senses to
an extent that’s rare in nonfiction. This book
is easily recommendable not only to those interested in fragrance and cosmetics but also to
entrepreneurs, creative types, and those who
Actors, series favorites, and perennial print superstars feature in the latest list of what’s on our radar for the coming months. —Annie Bostrom
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. By Anne Lamott. Riverhead, $20
(9780735213586). Apr. 2017.
Lamott, revered for her brand of honest, irreverent pop spirituality, returns with a new
collection of essays on forgiving oneself and others.
House of Names. Colm Toibin. Scribner, $26 (9781501140211); e-book (9781501140235).
Toibin’s next novel will be a retelling of the mythic, vengeful story of Clytemnestra, wife
of King Agamemnon.
Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System. By Gary
Buting. Harper, $27.99 (9780062569318); e-book (9780062569332). Feb. 2017.
Fans of the runaway-success documentary television series Making a Murderer will be
clambering for attorney Buting’s memoir.
Kiss Carlo. By Adriana Trigiani. Harper, $27.99 (9780062319227); e-book
(9780062319241). May 2017.
The author of the Big Stone Gap series and the Valentine trilogy takes readers to Philadelphia, circa 1946, in this novel centered on an Italian American family.
Nevertheless. By Alec Baldwin. Harper, $28.99 (9780062409706); e-book
(9780062409737). Apr. 2017.
The actor’s first solo-authored memoir promises to candidly reveal the man behind
three decades’ worth of well-known roles.
Right behind You. By Lisa Gardner. Dutton, $27 (9780525954583). Feb. 2017.
In the next thriller in Gardner’s FBI Profiler series, the prime suspect in a current killing
spree may very well be the older brother of the preteen girl Pierce Quincy and Rainie
Connor are about to adopt.
WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere. By Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel. Atria,
$25 (9781501126277). Mar. 2017.
Actress Anderson and journalist Nadel, longtime friends, will release their inspiring proposal that women everywhere can work together for a better, shared future.
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