David

The Boys

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The Boys By Katie Hafner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781954118058
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 26th, 2022

NYT called this book "a wonder of storytelling" and I couldn't come up with a better description. The narrative is touching, hilarious, and poignant, yet manages to raise deep and provocative questions about loneliness, parenting, and companionship. The story takes a turn in the middle that is so astounding, and so deftly handled, that you may feel compelled to go right back to the beginning - and the rest of the book floats on the brilliance of that device.

David


Late City

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Late City By Robert Olen Butler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802158826
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 7th, 2021

On his deathbed on the night of the 2016 election, the 115-year-old last surviving soldier of WWI reflects back on the first 50 years of his life, from his early childhood in Louisiana, his role as a sniper in the war, and his post-war career as a journalist in Chicago.  His meditation takes the form of a conversation with God, who admittedly is depicted somewhat heavy-handedly, but the real beauty of the book is Olen's description of the effect of the war on a young man, and the perspective of a journalist on local and international events and the impact of his career on his family.

David


Let's Eat Italy!

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Let's Eat Italy!: Everything You Want to Know About Your Favorite Cuisine By François-Régis Gaudry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781648290596
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Published: Artisan - November 9th, 2021

I love Italy, the place, and Italian, the cuisine - this book is a gorgeous amalgamation of both.  The essence of the book is recipes, but it is chock-full of food culture (pieces about great chefs, restaurateurs, Italian food movies), gastronomy (everything you want to know about Italian breads, olives, pastas, etc.), geography (the ingredients, specialities and wines of the different regions); in short, everything you want to know about Italian food with magnificent photographs and gorgeous graphics to increase the salivation factor.  An Encyclopedia Italica of food.

David


Taste

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Taste: My Life Through Food By Stanley Tucci Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Even if you do not agree with me that Tucci's The Big Night is probably the best food movie ever, you will still find this gustatory memoir a delightful, escapist read. Deliciously evocative, laugh-out-loud funny, and even including recipes for some of his favorites, I read this straight through in two sittings - slowing myself down by rereading particularly delectable passages, but eagerly anticipating what still lay in wait for me. Read this, and then watch (or re-watch) that movie.

David


Morningside Heights

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Morningside Heights: A Novel By Joshua Henkin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524748357
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Published: Pantheon - June 15th, 2021

What starts out looking like a predictable female-English-student-has-affair-with-handsome-young-professor story quickly demonstrates that it is going to cover a lot more ground. They meet and marry in the 70s - but fast-forward 30 years, when the prodigy Spence, now in his late 50s, is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's  The novel deeply explores the relationships among husband, wife, children, and the outside (and increasingly foreign) world, and poignantly chronicles his descent into middle-aged madness without being maudlin or sentimental. It’s beautifully and sensitively written, funny, and driven by a don't-put-it-down plot.

David


Under the Wave at Waimea

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Under The Wave At Waimea By Paul Theroux Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358446286
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Published: Mariner Books - April 13th, 2021

 

I thought as I began this novel that it was a reminiscence by a middle-aged Hawaiian surfer dude about his youth of waves, drugs, and girls.  And superficially it is, but it is also a moving meditation on mortality, complacence, and self-knowledge.  Theroux is as always a masterful storyteller, and the descriptive passages about the ocean and the sublimity of surfing are alone worth the price of admission.

 

David


David

Greenwood

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Greenwood: A Novel By Michael Christie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984822000
Published: Hogarth - February 25th, 2020

 

Novels that span multiple generations of a family are not particularly uncommon, but it's hard to do them well.  Christie, widely acclaimed in Canada but not well-known in the US, has done just that with this beautiful tale that opens and closes in the year 2038, and in between telescopes back through various points to 1908 and then forward again.  Trees are intrinsic to the book both actually and metaphorically, and the people who interact with them and with each other are drawn thoughtfully and richly.  The book doesn't moralizes but is deeply moral, and the heart of the story, set in the Depression, is riveting.

David


Apeirogon

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Apeirogon: A Novel By Colum McCann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

A masterpiece of storytelling. Of two real people, an Israeli and a Palestinian man, who both lost teenage daughters (one to a suicide bomber and one to an Israeli soldier's bullet) and who have become close friends and allies in a attempt to reshape common understanding of the conflict.  The novel is brilliant, empathic, illuminating - it will cause you to rethink much of what you "know" and ask questions you didn't know to ask.  The book is not political, it simply weaves together an incredible number of stories and perspectives and history. 

David


The Witches Are Coming

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The Witches Are Coming By Lindy West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316449885
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Published: Hachette Books - November 5th, 2019

 

Lindy West is a brilliant cultural critic and in this collection she tackles an array of subjects from Adam Sandler to #metoo to abortion rights to (of course) Trump and the right wing.  This book is broader in its ambit than Shrill, her last one, but what really makes it delicious to read is her incisive observation, brilliant wordcraft, and laugh-out-loud hilarity.  She is making deep and important points and reading will make you laugh and be furious at the same time.

 

David


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