TRAVELING WRITERS: It’s been a prolific year so far for the editors of Condé Nast Traveler. In addition to two new books, “Condé Nast Traveler Photographs 25th Anniversary Collection” and “The Condé Nast Traveler Book of Unforgettable Journeys: Volume II,” executive editor Jim Baker will publish his debut novel, “The Empty Glass,” in July, and editor at large Hanya Yanagihara’s first book, “The Crystal Bowl,” will come out next year.
Publisher’s Weekly said, “James Ellroy fans will relish Baker’s impressive first novel.” It begins on Aug. 5, 1962, when a Los Angeles County coroner arrives at the home of Marilyn Monroe to find her lying naked on her bed. He discovers the starlet’s diary, revealing a doomed relationship. The coroner finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy far bigger than he could imagine, and may be the only one to know the truth of Monroe’s life and death.
Yanagihara’s novel is a bit more highbrow, focusing on a young doctor who joins an anthropological expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a lost tribe, only to discover there the secret of longevity — a finding that leads to fame and a Nobel Prize — and ultimately tragic consequences for him and for the tribe itself.