Les Standiford melds American history and politics into a true-life thriller in Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War (Harper, $27.99). More than two hundred years ago, a group of British colonists in America decided that the conditions under which they were governed had become intolerable. Angry and frustrated that King George III and the British Parliament had ignored their lawful complaints and petitions, they decided to take action. This group of intelligent, committed men began a careful campaign that would channel feelings of vague injustice into an armed rebellion and give birth to a nation. Standiford is the bestselling author of twenty books, including Bringing Adam Home, the John Deal mystery series, and the works of narrative history The Man Who Invented Christmas (a New York Times Editor's Choice) and Last Train to Paradise.
Standiford is also a contributor to My Bookstore:Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop (Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, $23.95), an ode to the bookshops and booksellers that have nurtured, guided, and, and supported our great writers. My Bookstore collects the essays, stories, and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 76 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops.