When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pages, December 2)
With the news that the Nazis were burning millions of books in Europe, the U.S. countered with a program designed to get millions of books into the hands of American soldiers. Thus, 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks that could fit in one's pocket were published and sent overseas. I heard about this book on NPR and found the story fascinating, so this is definitely on my TBR list.
A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion, ed. by Louis J. Parascandola and John Parascandola (Columbia University Press, 360 pages, December 16)
Collected here are stories, poems, essays, and more about Coney Island from writers like Whitman, Crane, Marti, Gorky, Singer, cummings, and Whitehead. After all, "moody, mystical, and enchanting, Coney Island has thrilled newcomers and soothed native New Yorkers for decades." I think most of us have at least heard about Coney Island, even if we've never been there. This book looks like it'll convince me to make the trip.