Update: Well dang. Yet another: Tom Field co-authored Modern Masters: Lee Weeks, hot off the press.
My former co-worker Alison Bass has a new book out:
Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial. Very cool – it is (or was) showing up as a best-seller on several of Amazon’s categories.
We’ve already noted (sometime) fellow club member Howard Goldowsky’s excellent set of chess essays and stories, Engaging Pieces.
Another former co-worker, Carol Hildebrand, teamed up with an executive chef (her brother) to write a series of books based on the idea of cooking great dishes each of which use only three major ingredients.
I also used to work with David Rosenbaum, who won awards for the mystery Zaddik, and my boss and mentor Lew McCreary, who wrote the creepy The Minus Man, which was then turned into a movie with Owen Wilson, Brian Cox, Sheryl Crowe, Dwight Yoakam and other luminaries. (Lew is in the movie – he doesn’t have any lines but gets poisoned in a Wendy’s.)
I have major, major book envy. Just saw a stat that said something like 80% of US survey respondents “think they have a book in them”. I certainly have my one novel mapped out to a large degree in my head. It involves the world chess championship, two brothers who haven’t spoken for a decade, an ex-stripper whose real name is Desdemona, two fun Eastern European complete knuckleheads and a gruff Armenian who tries to bully the nerdiest chessplayer and gets one of the top-ten all-time great comeuppances in geek fantasy.
My wife says it doesn’t sound like a commercially viable project.