“For me it’s always a happy celebration when we get a new book by Timothy Egan, one of my all-time-favorite narrative nonfiction writers — and judging by the awards he’s received (including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award) I’m not alone in that assessment.
Hot off the press is Egan’s new book about Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($28). Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared . . .
Reviewers have called the book ‘a darned good yarn,’ ‘a rollicking page turner,’ ‘a story for the ages’ —at its essence a book about the extreme personal cost of outsized ambition. An interesting subject in the hands of one of our most talented narrative nonfiction storytellers; what more could you want?”—Broadway Books, Portland
Read more and buy Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher; Leonardo and the Last Supper; 1775: A Good Year for Revolution; 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End; The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration from Broadway Books or your local indie.
Each day until Christmas, the tireless booksellers at Broadway Books will post a recommendation for a great gift book (or seven!) on the store’s blog, Bookbroads. 24 Days of Books posts are written by Sally McPherson, Roberta Dyer and Kate Bennison.