Making drinks for more than two people can be exhausting, especially if you’re using a cocktail shaker. But what if you have more than one friend? Help is on the way with Cocktails for a Crowd, which features lush photography and 40 recipes for large-batch cocktails. You’re sure to please any crowd with a bowl of French 75 Punch, which brims over with gin, champagne, and orange wheels. Make ’em ahead of time and enjoy your shindig!
Kristen Iversen grew up downwind from a plant that produced plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs, and her parents and neighbors were told that the land, water, and air were perfectly safe from contamination. This was not true. Decades later, Iversen twines her own intimate family history with piercing investigative journalism, and reveals a level of corruption and incompetence that is just staggering. The result is a powerful, horrifying, and very important memoir.
The men who were picked to become the first U.S. astronauts were subject to a number of strict requirements, including one that might seem odd today: They had to be happily married. The Astronaut Wives Club explores the extraordinary lives of the women married to America’s heroes, women who became instant celebrities and often struggled with their new public personas. It’s a breezy, fascinating book that would be perfect for summer book club meetings.
Tana French’s latest mystery is one of her best yet. It takes place around a “ghost estate” in Ireland, a crumbling, creepy housing development that went bust along with the Irish economy. A heinous triple murder has taken place, and the question of “whodunit” is complicated by issues of economic misfortune, mental illness, and fragile family ties. A suspenseful, thoughtful mystery, eloquently written, that reminds us how close we all live to ruin.
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead is one of my favorite crime novels, and ever since I finished its last page I’ve been eager for another book from Sara Gran. Claire DeWitt is a private detective who has much in common with Sherlock Holmes, such as unorthodox methods, a prickly demeanor, and the occasional substance abuse issue. Her latest mystery takes place in California, including a stop at the famed Bohemian Grove. How can you resist?