Cheasapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
This new book has already made lots of book lists, from NPR's "Summer Reading List" to Esquire's "Best Nonfiction Books of 2018." It takes an intimate look at a 200-year-old crabbing community on Tangier Island, Virginia, as it is on the verge of extinction. As the shoreline of Tangier retreats, and a community and livelihood are in jeopardy, we're forced to consider the fate of coastal communities everywhere.
A Noise Downstairs
If you have a lover of thrills and suspense, this Stephen King-style novel will keep them up at night. It's a psychological thriller about Paul Davis, a regular guy who has a typewriter that may be connected to the murderer he discovered a year ago. It's an artfully written page-turner with an ending you'll never predict.
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
Nathaniel Philbrick is one of the master storytellers of our time, and here he does it again with a book about the climactic Battle of Yorktown in 1781, which George Washington helped bring to a triumphant conclusion. Through Philbrick's telling, you'll develop a new appreciation for this amazing American Revolution story.
John Grisham has a new novel and it's receiving rave reviews, even from readers and critics beyond his loyal fan base. In this suspenseful thriller, Pete Banning returns to his home in Clanton, Mississippi as a decorated war hero but then committed a shocking crime. Grisham unravels this man's motives and his psyche as his defense attorey tries to save him.
Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler
This was a favorite book from the Snail History Book Bundle last year, and now it's out in paperback. You'll find riveting this true story of German-born Jews who escaped the country during Hitler's rise to power, trained with the U.S. military, and then returned to their homeland to fight the Nazis. We've yet to meet anyone who wasn't captivated by this little-known but important WW2 story.
Congratulations, Who Are you Again? A Memoir; The World's Largest Man
If you haven't yet encountered the humor of Southern writer Harrison Scott Key, you're in for a treat. When I picked up The World's Largest Man, I read it in one sitting while stopping often to read a passage aloud to anyone who happened to be within earshot. Both books are personal, always satirical accounts of Key's Mississippi upbringing, his family, and himself. While The World's Largest Man focuses on his relationship with his dad, through the lens of the hunting culture he was born into, the just-released Congratulations, Who Are You Again? considers dreams, ambition, and the crazy path he took to become a writer. These are wonderful paperbacks to bundle for anyone who wants to laugh, but doesn't mind laughing at himself along the way.
Killers of the Flower Moon, The Lost City of Z, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, The White Darkness
If you somehow missed David Grann's amazing nonfiction story of the Osage Indians and a string of serial murders that plagued their tribe, then pick up a copy now. (We have it in paperback and hardcover.) If you already enjoyed it, like millions of other readers did, then try his two other equally compelling nonfiction books, The Lost City of Z, about the Amazon, and The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, a collection of true-life crime stories. We can bundle them all if you'd like! We also recommend his brand-new book about Antarctica called The White Darkness.
This detective novel set in the Australian outback has been a Snail favorite with both men and women all year long. It is a page-turning story about Federal Agent Aaron Falk, who has to confront his own past as he attempts to solve a murder mystery about someone else.
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
If you or someone you know tends toward a hermit-like existence, think again. This true tale of Christopher Knight, who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years without being found, will intrigue and confound you. It was named a best book of last year by National Geographic.
The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever
Whether your guy is a golfer or not, he'll be captivated by this story of one of the biggest games in golf history in 1956. It all started when two millionaires made a casual bet pitting two of the game's greats—Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson—against a couple of amateurs. What happened that day was a private match that became a true legend.
My Cubs: A Love Story
He doesn't have to be a Cubs fan to appreciate this homage to a beloved baseball team. Scott Simon of NPR describes what it's like to love a team, against so many odds. This little hardcover book makes the perfect gift for a sports-loving guy.