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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Did every bestselling author write a book this season??

Maybe you're like me and you like to read a mix of the well-known, the obscure, the classics, and the low-brow. I'll usually read something fat (hello, Thomas Pynchon and William Vollman) and then I might read a palate-cleanser crime novel (Chester Himes or Black Lizard Books) or rock book (the 33-1/3 series or THIS BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE) then back into a classic (I must read the Russians, why have I not read the Russians?)

But part of the fun of reading is keeping up-to-date with what's currently coming out--who wants to be left out of the cocktail party chatter? To that end, let me note that these following talked-about-authors have new titles just arrived in our store in the past few days:

Didn't Michael Chabon once write a novel about writer's block? Well, it doesn't seem to be a problem any longer. What do we have here? A guide on how to be a man--c'mon, you sissy, you know you need help with this. Look at you standing there all "woe is me, where has my life gone, how can I be a better husband/lover/father/chef?" I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT MYSELF!!

I don't need to tell you that Nick Hornsby writes page-turners (and I mean that in a good way.) His latest concerns a Bob Dylan-esque figure and the "his biggest fan." And the biggest fan's girlfriend. Uh-oh.

A few years back, The Mezzanine blew my mind. Nicholson Baker is back with a book about a depressed writer who is obsessed with the ruined lives of famous poets. Yes, I do like to read about depressed people obsessed with other depressed people--what of it?

Paul Auster is back with another tightly written novel. It is described as "a book of youthful rage, unbridled sexual hunger, and a relentless quest for justice" and Kirkus says it just might be his best book yet.

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