David

West of Sunset

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ISBN: 9780670785957
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Published: Viking - January 13th, 2015

This book beautifully walks the fine line between historical fiction and biography. It depicts Fitzgerald's troubled and frustrating last years in Hollywood, struggling against being a has-been and desperately trying to get work to pay for Zelda's sanitarium and their daughter Scottie's education, all while dealing with his own alcoholism and trying to live a "normal" life with his mistress Sheila Graham. Half of the literary and film worlds of the 1930s makes an appearance, and O'Nan intersperses flashbacks of Scott's and Zelda's lives for rich background and context.   

David


The Spinning Heart

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ISBN: 9781586422240
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Published: Steerforth Press - February 25th, 2014

Squarely in the great Irish tradition of magnificent writing about hardship, rage, longing and fear, this debut novel is set in recession-smitten Ireland about five years ago. Its 21 chapters are narrated by 21 different characters, each with a unique and piercing voice. The writing is rhythmic, raw, often comic and always brilliant. The book won a slew of awards in Ireland and the UK, and is just published in the US.

David


Old Filth Trilogy Boxed Set

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ISBN: 9781609452285
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Published: Europa Editions - November 4th, 2014

Old Filth has been a staff pick before, but Europa has now issued the magnificent Filth
trilogy in a single boxed set. The novels trace the interwoven stories of the three main characters, each taking center stage in one of the books. These are stories of the fading British empire in Asia during the mid-20th century, and the gentle decline of three protagonists into old age as they return to rural England. The writing is poignant, funny and incisive, and each book ends making you wish it had another 200 pages.

David


Master of the Senate

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Published: Vintage - April 25th, 2003

This is the best biography, and possibly the best history, I have ever read – whether or not you really know or think you care about Lyndon Johnson. It’s third in a series of four (eventually five, when Caro finishes the last volume), and I think the most dazzling and fascinating of them. As much about the Senate as about Johnson, the book explains how he radically reshaped the institution so he could take control of it – that control culminates in the passage of the first civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It’s massive, meticulously researched, and incredibly engaging. Worth the effort.David


Neverhome

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ISBN: 9780316370134
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 9th, 2014

I'm always impressed when authors write as something very different from themselves, especially in first person narrative.  Like male actors who played Viola or Rosalind in Shakespeare's time, Hunt is a man writing as a woman who is pretending to be a man. The conceit is based on real history: hundreds of women who disguised themselves as men so they could fight in the Civil War.  The voice is lyrical, melodic and authentic. As a special bonus, we’ve arranged a dinner with the author on September 21.

David


A Replacement Life

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Published: Harper - June 3rd, 2014

A young journalist whose family and friends are all Russian Jewish immigrants living in Brooklyn gets roped into a scheme of writing (made-up) stories to submit to the committee that is awarding restitution claims to Holocaust survivors.  This debut novel is funny, intelligent and wonderfully written, exploring the mysterious bonds of family and the often obscure line between fiction and reality.

David


Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2003

Garcia Marquez's recent death inspired me to go back and read what I had long remembered as my favorite of his novels.  It is just as delightful upon rereading - a novella that begins the morning of Santiago Nasar’s titular "Death", and then backs up and recounts the chain of events that has led up to it, inevitably.  Rich and imaginative Marquez narrative at its finest.

David


Natchez Burning

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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 29th, 2014

Don't be put off by the heft of this book - it moves incredibly quickly and you can't put it down. The book begins in 1960s Mississippi, with a couple of civil rights murders that remain unsolved, and follows several of the people involved, and their descendants, as the stories of the families and the city unfold over 50 years.

David


Remember Me Like This

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ISBN: 9781400062126
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Published: Random House - May 13th, 2014

This book riveted me from its first chapter.  The writing is fluid and evocative, the subject is painful but compelling, and the characters are richly imagined and achingly real.  By the time the book was over I felt I intimately knew not just the family but the town - which is almost another character in the book -  and that they and I together had gone through an intense emotional experience.
 
David


Plato at the Googleplex

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Published: Pantheon Books - March 4th, 2014

This book deals with the heavy-duty subject of Greek philosophy - specifically, Plato - yet manages to be incredibly readable, accessible and entertaining. Goldstein places Plato in a variety of modern day situations (a visit to Google, authors' book tour, cable talk show and others) and has him engage in dialogues with people around him. Her point is to show that the questions he wrestled with are still the important questions, and that this stuff still matters. And is cool.

David


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