Also of interest...in the unseen and unfamiliar
Atlas Obscura (Workman, $35)
Here’s a travel guidebook that veers “way off the beaten path,” said Thomas Harlander in LAMag.com. Based on a popular website of the same name, it packs in 700 write-ups about bizarre potential tourist destinations around the world. Start in California’s San Fernando Valley at a shop that sells horrormovie props and you might not be sated until you’ve checked off the Bolivian hotel made of salt and the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia.
Family History of Fear
by Agata Tuszynska (Knopf, $28)
Agata Tuszynska’s moving family portrait is both an act of reclamation and a show of defiance, said Joshua Rubenstein in The Wall Street Journal. The author, born in 1957 Warsaw to a Jewish mother and a gentile father, wasn’t told until she was 19 that she was Jewish or how narrowly her relatives had survived the Holocaust. Once she decided to recover that history, she pursued it “with dogged resolve,” and has produced a generations-spanning story of one family’s astounding resilience.
The Hidden Life of Trees
by Peter Wohlleben (Greystone, $25)
This best-selling new natural history of trees “has a little more spice than it needs,” said Richard Fortey in Nature. German forester Peter Wohlleben does weave a lot of fresh science into his account of how trees communicate with each other and assume various roles across a single lifetime. But he anthropomorphizes them, too, describing them as if they experienced anger or fear. “Trees are splendid and interesting enough in their own right without being saddled with a panoply of emotions.”
by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix, $25)
Raina Telgemeier has again created a children’s graphic novel that rewards readers of all ages, said Dan Kois in The New York Times. In Ghosts, an 11-year-old moves with her family to a California town where the local mission is said to be haunted. But the story is also about Mexican-American life, and about a tween trying to be brave for a younger sibling battling cystic fibrosis. Some of the sisters’ moments together “will resonate with anyone who has ever feared for a beloved family member.”