ture, whereas in the East, gardens are
often centered on stones.” Touching on
the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; Roman
gardens of cypress, pine, pomegranate,
and palm; sacred gardens of South Asia;
Islamic gardens; and 20th-century British
cottage gardens, this small book covers
much ground. As knowledgeable as it is
accessible, this concise and expertly drawn
history enlightens and delights. (Feb.)
Lives of the Great Gardeners
Stephen Anderton. Thames & Hudson, $50
(304p) ISBN 978-0-500-51856-4
Times of London gardening columnist
Anderton (D iscovering Welsh Gardens) pays
homage to gardeners throughout history
in this wonderfully illustrated book. The
40 biographies, which cover 500 years of
gardening around the world, plow cleanly
through the lives and work of each gardener. Anderton’s subjects are varied; he
covers Dutchmen and Scotsmen and
Asians; sculptors and scholars; and
Penelope Hobhouse, Gertrude Jekyll, and
Beth Chatto. The gardeners are grouped
into four inventive chapters: “Gardens of
Ideas,” “Gardens of Straight Lines,”
“Gardens of Curves,” and “Gardens of
Plantsmanship.” This organization
springs from the author’s intelligent
comprehension of the big garden picture.
He includes contextual cross-references
and, before each biography, lists events
(often odd ones) from the gardeners’ birth
and death years. Anderton’s style, erudite
and whimsical, delightfully dominates:
“Le Notre was no writer and, to our great
loss, left little behind except a few plans.
And, of course, Versailles.” The nearly 250
illustrations balance Anderton’s words in a
sprightly and convivial marriage. (Nov.)
The Happiest Mommy You Know:
Why Putting Your Kids First Is the
Last Thing You Should Do
Genevieve Shaw Brown. Simon & Schuster,
$26 (304p) ISBN 978-1-5011-3578-1
Brown (Ditch the Play Dates) has written
an effective self-help book that tells
readers something they already know and
inspires them to act on that knowledge.
She developed her book from a segment
she created for Good Morning America on
how she lost weight by feeding herself the
meals she feeds her own children. Her
basic advice is “Do for yourself what you
instinctively do for your children every
day.” This means eat well, see your
friends, make time for your primary
relationship, exercise, see the doctor
regularly, take time away from your chil-
dren, and get a life coach or therapist if
you need one. She doles out suggestions in
a conversational tone, mixing personal
anecdotes with research in an accessible
way. She lives a harried, albeit privileged
life as a married professional living in
Manhattan and working for ABC News.
Readers may not relate to her penchant for
turning her son into “the best-dressed kid
on the Upper East Side,” but they’ll likely
relate to her tendency to dress in workout
clothes while garbing her children better
than herself. Her primer on maternal ful-
fillment is entertaining and affirming but
hardly groundbreaking. (Jan.)
Talking Baby: Helping Your Child
Margaret Maclagan and Anne Buckley. Finch,
$18.95 trade paper (188p) ISBN 978-1-
Maclagan and Buckley describe infants’
language-learning process in a detailed,
easy-to-understand book that’s sure to be a
handy reference tool for new parents,
grandparents, and anyone curious about
language and how it is learned. The book
begins with a reference chart describing
key language-learning milestones and
directing readers to applicable chapters to
learn more. Throughout, graphic inserts
address key questions, such as “What does
science tell us?” and highlight relevant
facts. What makes this book so appealing
is its focus on parental involvement.
Rather than simply detailing language
acquisition, the authors explain how to
actively engage in sections such as
“Talking and Reading Times.” These
sections include tips for each stage and
helpful “try this, not that” suggestions or
questions to prompt activity or ideas. The
tone is light and includes funny and memorable “The Things They Say” highlights.
For anxious new parents, the authors provide the occasional reassurance. An FAQ
section is included at the end, as is a brief
list of book recommendations and websites for further information. This is a
useful reference and valuable addition to
the new baby library. (Nov.)
The Real Liddy James Anne-Marie Casey.
Putnam, $26 (336p) ISBN 978-0-399-16022-6,
The Spy Paulo Coelho, trans. from the
Portuguese by Zoë Perry. Knopf, ISBN 978-1-
The Great American Songbook Sam Allingham.
A Strange Object, ISBN 978-0-9892759-9-6, Nov.
Serious Sweet A.L. Kennedy. Little A, ISBN 978-
The Elusive Fox Muhammad Zafzaf, trans. from
the Arabic by Mbarek Sryfi and Roger Allen.
Syracuse Univ., ISBN 978-0-8156-1077-9, Sept.
; Eve Out of Her Ruins Ananda Devi, trans.
from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman. Deep
Vellum (Consortium, dist.), ISBN 978-1-941920-
The Ugly Alexander Boldizar. Brooklyn Arts
(SPD, dist.), ISBN 978-1-936767-47-2, Sept.
; Year of the Rat Marc Anthony Richardson.
Fiction Collective Two, ISBN 978-1-57366-057-0,
; The Party Wall Catherine Leroux, trans. from
the French by Lazer Lederhendler. Biblioasis
(Perseus/Consortium; U. S. dist.; UTP, Canadian
Metanoia Sharon McCartney. Biblioasis (
Con-sortium/Perseus, U.S. dist.; U TP, Canadian dist.) )
ISBN 978-1-77196-068-7, May
Mirror: The Mountain Emma Ríos and Hwei
Lim. Image, ISBN 978-1-632158-34-5, Sept.
Citizen Jack, Vol. 1 Sam Humphries and Tommy
Patterson. Image, ISBN 978-1-63215-705-8, Aug.
Dream Gang Brendan McCarthy. Dark Horse,
ISBN 978-1-50670-000-7, Aug.
Kuroko’s Basketball, Vol. 1 Tadatoshi Fujimaki.
Viz, ISBN 978-1-4215-8771-4, Aug.
Snow Angel, Vol. 1 David Chelsea. Dark Horse,
ISBN 978-1-61655-940-3, May
Freud: In His Time and Ours Élisabeth
Roudinesco, trans. from the French by Catherine
Porter. Harvard Univ., ISBN 978-0-674-65956-8,
Modern Sexuality: The Truth about Sex and
Relationships Michael Aaron. Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN 978-1-4422-5321-6, Oct.
The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for
Children and Young Adults Cheryl B. Klein.
Norton, ISBN 978-0-393-29224-4, Sept.