New Books

May 2009 books: Frank Lloyd Wright: American Master, Into the Beautiful North, Pretty in Plaid, Love and Obstacles

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: AMERICAN MASTER
Rizzoli, $30

The architecture photographer Alan Weintraub produced more than 350 new photos highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s achievements, from Henderson House in Elmhurst to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Text by Kathryn Smith.

INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH
Little, Brown, $24.99

Set in a Mexican village where men are nearly obsolete, the new novel by the Chicago writer Luis Alberto Urrea follows a 19-year-old woman who is seeking to repopulate her hometown before it’s taken over by bandits.

PRETTY IN PLAID
New American Library, $24.95

The chick lit writer and satirist Jen Lancaster pays homage to moments that helped shape her witty, sarcastic—even bitchy—attitude in a memoir that revolves around her ever-changing yet always fashionable attire.

LOVE AND OBSTACLES
Riverhead, $25.95

The settings in this new collection from Aleksandar Hemon range from equatorial Africa to the disintegrating streets of Sarajevo, with the occasional stopover in Chicago. Linked by recurring characters, laced with a dark humor, and radiating the hyperawareness of a rootless immigrant, these seven stories dramatize the often futile search for connection in a world consumed by violence, greed, and lust.

 

Photograph: Michael Boone

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