The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI by Betty Medsger (Knopf, 608 pages, January 7)
You might have heard about this book on the news (like I did), or maybe you're totally tuned-in to any and all FBI- or J. Edgar Hoover-related books. Either way, this looks...dare I say it...JUICY. Medsger reveals the truth behind the 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, PA, by unlikely activists intent on exposing the bureau's abuses and expanding power. Yet another story, therefore, about Americans' deepening cynicism towards the government in the Vietnam War era.
Ant Colony by Michael DeForge (Drawn and Quarterly, 112 pages, January 28)
DeForge's debut graphic novel uses the violent and chaotic world of ants to explore such human concerns as loneliness, faith, and love. Uniquely drawn and written with pathos and humor.
Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World by Tom Zoellner (Viking Adult, 384 pages, January 30)
Trains, people, TRAINS! Need I say more? I once went on a 22-hour train ride to the east coast and boy was it uncomfortable but still it was fun. The dining car shook so much that I could barely eat but WHATEVER. Trains! Here, Zoellner chronicles the innovation and impact of railway technology on human societies and looks ahead to the future of this wonderful mode of transport. Oh yeah.