Christopher Buckley's "Supreme Courtship" Named Editor's Choice on the "New York Times Sunday Book Review"

September 16th, 2008

Editors’ Choice

THE HOUSE AT SUGAR BEACH: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, by Helene Cooper. (Simon & Schuster, $25.) Cooper, a New York Times reporter who fled a warring Liberia as a child, returned to confront the ghosts of her past — and to find a lost sister.

FINE JUST THE WAY IT IS: Wyoming Stories 3, by Annie Proulx. (Scribner, $25.) These rich, bleak stories offer an American West in which the natural elements are murderous and folks aren’t much better.

SUPREME COURTSHIP, by Christopher Buckley. (Twelve, $24.99.) A shimmer of realism emanates from Buckley’s mischievous novel, in which an unpopular president nominates a TV judge for a high-court seat.

SYNCOPATIONS: Beats, New Yorkers, and Writers in the Dark, by James Campbell. (University of California. Cloth, $55; paper, $21.95.) The literary journalist’s collection of profiles, essays and reminiscences should interest any observer of postwar American letters.

YESTERDAY’S WEATHER, by Anne Enright. (Grove, $24.) Working-class Irish characters grapple with love, marriage, confusion and yearning in Enright’s varied, if somewhat disenchanted, stories.

I DON’T: A Contrarian History of Marriage, by Susan Squire. (Bloomsbury, $25.99.) Squire sorts through the hodgepodge of biblical, classical, courtly and Christian rules and mores that shape the modern institution.

AMERICAN WIDOW, by Alissa Torres. Illustrated by Sungyoon Choi. (Villard, $22.) Torres lost her husband on 9/11. Her graphic memoir — raw, bracing, sometimes maddening — insists on grief’s isolating nature.

THE HERETIC’S DAUGHTER, by Kathleen Kent. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) A powerful novel of the Salem witch trials, by a descendant of one of the condemned.

WALK THE BLUE FIELDS, by Claire Keegan. (Black Cat, paper, $13.) Desire seems to engender a priest’s heightened sensitivity in this collection’s title story.