New Books Ready for Spring Sales

Posted March 8, 2010 at 2:59pm

Spring is a season of anticipation. As the last of the snow melts away and District residents count down the days to the reopening of outdoor pools, this is a great time to dive into a new book. Here is a list of books scheduled to be released in the next few weeks.

• Today is a big day in political books, as Karl Rove, former aide to President George W. Bush, releases his first tome. Details from “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight” have already been leaked, and though Rove does use pages to defend his former boss, he also comes clean on mistakes that he felt were his own fault. Rove is expected to discuss the book Sunday at the Books-A-Million in McLean, Va.

• Though Rove was considered Bush’s brain, another new book being released today, “The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ Is Wrong,” isn’t about him. Instead, author David Shenk preaches the virtue of practice and hard work.

“I don’t think it’s really important to make a dividing line to try to figure out you know when you’ve crossed over into genius,” he told BigThink.com in January. “The point is gathering your resources, doing the best you can, pursuing whatever it is you love to do with an intensity and a resilience and a passion and just going as far as you can possibly go.”

Shenk, who writes regularly for TheAtlantic.com, is the author of five previous books, including “The Forgetting,” “Data Smog” and “The Immortal Game.”

• Pontificating on a similar topic, authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson give tips for success in “Rework,” also released today. Based on their work at 37signals.com, the book gives business advice for entrepreneurs.

• If you’re looking for fiction, Chang-rae Lee’s new novel, “The Surrendered,” is also on sale today. The story of a Korean orphan rescued by an American soldier, it takes place across decades and continents. Lee, also the author of “Native Speaker,” “A Gesture Life” and “Aloft,” is one of the premier writers on Korean-American life. Lee will discuss his latest book at Politics and Prose Bookstore on Thursday night.

• The big release of the next week is “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” author Michael Lewis’ take on the recent collapse of American financial markets. Lewis is best known as the author of “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” which explored how a baseball team with the smallest payroll in Major League Baseball in 2002, the Oakland Athletics, maintained a winning record. He also wrote “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,” the basis for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name. With Washington Post writer Joel Achenbach, Lewis will discuss “The Big Short” at Politics and Prose Bookstore on March 18.

• “The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War” will also be released next week. Author David Laskin explores the way that 12 soldiers whose families had only recently immigrated to the U.S. adjusted to being part of the American military. Laskin will make two D.C. appearances: The first, on March 24, is an invitation-only affair at the Army and Navy Club. The second, on March 25, is a public event at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

• March 30 is a big day for books from cable news hosts. Fox News host Sean Hannity will release “Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda,” and CNBC host Maria Bartiromo will release “The 10 Laws of Enduring Success.”

• Book releases don’t end with March. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Roger Lowenstein will release “The End of Wall Street” on April 6, and New York Times reporter Sam Roberts will release “America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York” on May 15.