The literary equivalent of Tapas – an assortment of small servings that are just as satisfying (if not more so) than a single big thing. Whether you read it straight through, follow the thematic groupings (“monsters,” “magic,” “men & women,” etc…), or explore at random, this is a wonderful book. (MI).
Want to know what the low life are up to in Bakersfield? Read Denis Johnson’sNobody Move, which sets a new gritty bar for noir novels a la Raymond Chandler. Hard-boiled characters caught up in a tangle of money, betrayal, alienation, sex, and revenge. (MMF)
Another amazing book from the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Wonderstruck has the same daring use of form, and delightful illistrations, and a story that will knock your socks of. I've been waiting eagerly for Mr. Selznicks newest book: now that it's here, it's been worth the wait. You need to read this marvelous book.
Here is the finest debut of the year, and the best fictional depiction of sports since the tennis sections of Infinite Jest. Written in beautiful, fluid prose, with characters so astutely observed I swore they were based on my college classmates and a plot way more page-turning than a baseball story has any right to be. The novelistic equivalent of a grand slam, read it. (MI)
This is an engrossing novel with a Berkeley twist. Martiya is a Berkeley-trained anthropologist who gives up a bright future in academia for a paradisiacal life in the field. You too will be mesmerized by the people she studied then joined permanently in the lush back hills of a untouched part of Thailand. Delightful! Intelligent! A page-turner! (SP)