Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
The cofounder of Pixar lays out the unusual brand of management that has contributed to the animation studio’s success.
The Self-Portrait, James Hall
Think selfies are a new phenomenon? Think again. In Hall’s cultural history of self-portraiture, you’ll find everyone from Michelangelo and Titian to Cindy Sherman.
All That Is, James Salter
Nothing much seems to happen in Salter’s tale, a three-decade-long look at the life and loves of a WWII vet–slash–Manhattan editor, but the prose is so glittering that the glacial pace of the plot never matters. B+
The Devil’s Cave, Martin Walker
The fifth outing to star Bruno Courrèges — an astute cop in a truffle-and cheese-laden village in the Périgord region of France — is Walker’s finest yet, a first-rate mystery.
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, Elizabeth L. Silver
You know you shouldn’t believe the narrator, a death-row inmate, as she tells you her story — but she’s so smart and seductive, she sucks you right in. A-
Tampa, Alissa Nutting
Want to be shocked? Check out last year’s most provocative novel — about a very, very bad teacher. B