October 1, 2017 Booklist 5 www.booklistonline.com
Journalism & Publishing
Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the
Agitator, the Legend.
By Cristina De Stefano. Tr. by Marina
Oct. 2017. 288p. illus. Other, $25.95 (9781590517864).
Born in Florence to poor, book-loving, he-
roically anti-Fascist parents, Fallaci joined the
Resistance at age 14, delivering weapons on
her bicycle. She supported her premed studies
by writing for newspapers and soon dropped
out to devote herself to journalism. In the first
biography of this influential yet actually little
known correspondent, De Stefano, herself
a tireless researcher and mesmerizing writer,
vividly describes Fallaci as fearless, tenacious,
and exceptionally talented. In Rome, Fallaci
covered the Italian cinema, then took on Hol-
lywood. Unfazed by celebrities, she honed her
now legendary interview technique, preparing
assiduously, firing off “impertinent” questions,
and including herself in her powerfully writ-
ten, confiding articles. Once
Fallaci turned her voracious
attention to war and politics,
she incessantly circled the
globe, courageously report-
ing from war-torn Lebanon
and Vietnam, and being in-
jured by shrapnel in Mexico
City. She interrogated world
leaders, including Khomeini, Gaddafi, Kiss-
inger, and Meir. But Fallaci also wrote poetic,
psychologically revealing novels. “Stories pour
out of her with the potency of fruit and flow-
ers,” writes De Stefano. Always controversial
and confrontational, a perfectionist who
craved solitude and silence, Fallaci is brought
down only by love and the anguish of her mis-
carriages. In this meticulous, perceptive, and
dramatic portrait, De Stefano reveals the full
intensity and sensitivity of a trailblazing war-
rior writer. —Donna Seaman
Philosophy & Psychology
The Art of Loading Brush: New
By Wendell Berry.
Oct. 2017. 192p. Counterpoint, $26 (9781619020382).
Berry’s first reader-editor, his wife, Tanya,
maintains that his “principal asset as a writer” is that he repeats himself. Just so. He
writes fiction in prose and
verse about the same set
of people, further poetry
of personal reflection, and
nonfiction on the conduct
of good farming and the
bedrock agriculture provides, and all these forms of
writing are gathered in this
small collection. But since the essays engage
Berry’s fictional alter ego, Andy Catlett, with
his real farming mentor, Elton Penn, and his
real bosom colleagues Gene Logsdon, Wes
Jackson, Maury Telleen, and David Kline,
there is something new here, after all. There
are newer comrades, too, introduced in “The
Order of Loving Care,” practitioners of the
kind of forestry that chimes with Berry’s kind
of farming, that is, as a permanent living together of land, plants, animals, and people in
a community of love. Berry well knows that
such an ideal isn’t original and demonstrates
its perdurability throughout classic literature,
from the Bible and Homer to Virgil, Dante,
Chaucer, Ronsard, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth. He also knows how
unpopular such an ideal is among economists,
scientists, and politicians in hyperindustrial
America. About everything he loves and everything he regrets, he has never written
better. —Ray Olson
The Other Side of Beauty: Embracing
God’s Vision for Love and True Worth.
By Leah Darrow.
Nov. 2017. 224p. Thomas Nelson, paper, $16.99
Darrow, a former contestant on America’s
Next Top Model and Roman Catholic advocate, recounts her rise in the fashion world.
After moving to New York, pursuing modeling, and “living the dream,” Darrow found
the dream to be empty. She realized that she
was living only to fulfill others’ expectations.
The constant striving for unrealistic standards
of beauty led to anxiety, low self-esteem, distorted body image, and depression. Raised in
Booklist is looking forward to “hot” new books from rock-steady best-selling authors, including a long-awaited return to fiction by a renowned playwright and screenwriter,
as well as a biography of a beloved mystery writer. —Donna Seaman
The Black Painting. By Neil Olson. Hanover Square, $24.99 (9781335953810). Jan. 2018.
The Morse family patriarch is dead, possibly murdered, and his priceless, possibly haunted Black Painting by Francisco Goya is missing in Olson’s delving psychological thriller.
Chicago. By David Mamet. HarperCollins, $26.99 (9780062797193). Feb. 2018.
The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and screenwriter returns to fiction after a long
hiatus with this rip-roaring historical thriller set in the mobster underworld ruling Prohibi-tion-riled Chicago and mixing fictional characters with the likes of Al Capone.
Down the River unto the Sea. By Walter Mosley. Little, Brown, $27 (9780316509640).
After being framed and serving time in Rikers, former NYPD investigator Joe King Oliver, with the help of his teenage daughter, is running his own detective agency and may
have to reopen his own case while also helping an African American journalist.
The Great Alone. By Kristin Hannah. St. Martin’s, $28.99 (9780312577230). Feb. 2018.
A family faces a crisis in the wilds of 1974 Alaska in blockbuster best-seller Hannah’s
next big book.
The Overstory. By Richard Powers. Norton, $27.95 (9780393635522). Apr. 2018.
National Book Award winner Powers spans a century as he portrays people whose lives
are redeemed by trees and those devoted to saving one of the last old-growth forests.
Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra. By Anne Rice and Christopher Rice.
Doubleday/Anchor, $16 (9781101970324). Nov.
The first joint effort by the queen of vampire lore and her novelist son picks up, at
long last, the story of The Mummy (1989) as the ancient pharaoh Ramses awakens in
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matters Memoir. By Patrisse Khan-Cullors
and asha andele. St. Martin’s, $24.99 (9781250183552). Jan. 2018.
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, highly honored co-founder of Black Lives Matter, teams up with
celebrated writer and activist asha andele to tell the story of her childhood, political awakening, and call to activism.