Kerry Howley embarks on a quest for ecstasy delivered in an unexpected forum: MMA fights. This transfixing nonfiction narrative combines bloody play-by-play with philosophical inquiry, delivering serious punches. Welcome to the Octagon.
BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR
Insightful and expansive, Scott Saul’s remarkable biography of the now legendary comic chronicles how a sensitive, brilliant man with a hardscrabble past mined his personal life for America’s entertainment, revolutionizing stand-up along the way.
THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN
William Moulton Marston, creator of the comic-book heroine, was a feminist inspired by his wife—and his live-in girlfriend. Jill Lepore explores the origin story of Wonder Woman, the “suffragist as pinup”—kinky red boots and all.
World-weary Nick abandons city life to walk the desert, looking for inner peace. Spanish cartoonist Max’s graphic novel is ambiguous but powerful, leaving readers to wonder whether Nick is going crazy or finding enlightenment—or perhaps they’re the same thing.
When a junkie unicorn with a Christ complex stirs up trouble in Paris, Detective Inspector Archie LeBrock brings his trademark tough-badger efficiency to bear. The latest installment in Bryan Talbot’s Grandville series is perfectly timed for holiday gifting.
Be a genius or have a penis—that’s what Viv Albertine feared it took to be part of the London punk scene. She did it anyway, forming a band with Sid Vicious and then playing guitar for the Slits. An engrossing memoir from a woman who refused to give in.
THE LAUGHING MONSTERS
Ambition, adventure and Africa mix volatilely in Denis Johnson’s latest novel. Antihero operative Roland Nair has many agendas, no loyalties (except to his pocketbook), a taste for danger and vague plans to score big. Things fall apart, riotously
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS
What happened to the rudeboys who tried to kill Bob Marley? That question forms the core from which Marlon James’s masterful novel radiates, a character-driven tale that takes place in a maelstrom of guns, drugs and politics.