The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport (St. Martin's Press, 512 pages, June 3)
They had me at "Romanov Sisters." After all, this is a story of doomed royalty on the eve of the Russian Revolution- four princesses who, in their letters and diaries, tell us more than we ever knew about what happened to the Romanov family leading up to their deaths in 1918. Looks like a fascinating read.
Glacial Period by Nicolas De Crecy (NBM Publishing, 80 pages, June 1)
Part of the "Louvre Collection," Glacial Period tells the story of archaeologists who discover the Louvre after the Earth has been frozen for thousands of years. Uncovering the riches of the museum, they aren't quite sure what to make of any of it. Now, let me say here that the Louvre is one of the most amazing museums I've ever visited, but man did I get SO LOST in it once...
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pages, June 3)
The only reason I know much of anything about John Waters is because I'm from Baltimore, and you absolutely cannot live and breathe in that city without hearing about him. Now, I've never seen any of his films, but I hear that he's...er...unique in a supremely quirky kind of way. Yeah. Anyway, Waters first imagined the "best and worse possible scenarios" he'd encounter while hitchhiking, and then tells us about the actual people whom he met on the road. I mean, whoever picked up the guy with a sign that said "I'm Not Psycho" must've been brave.