Filed under: News, Reviews, Contests | Tags: 2009 in Books, Dubliners, Hollywood, Juno Díaz, Kevin Wilder, List Wednesdays, Some New Trend, summer reading, The Gulf Scream, The Lazarus Project
Things have gotten hectic on floor 13 of the SNT headquarters. As a result, I’m not sure how interesting this post will be, but I spent a good hour or two looking for books this afternoon. See what I mean? More than one birthday gift card was burning a hole in the fabric of my wallet, so I picked up some things for my trip home next week. I’m planning on getting through as many of these books as I can, to make a little headway on my initiative to read a book a week. It occurred to me upon leaving the store that I never even made it to the YA section. Guess for now I’ll save that for Carrie. Anyway, this should be fun:
The Lazarus Project by Alexander Hemon: This author has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship AND MacArthur “genius grant.” His third book has received multiple awards and rave reviews. All I know is it’s about an Eastern European immigrant that was shot to death 100 years ago, and a young writer becomes consumed with his story a century later. There’s also some interesting black-and-white photos inside.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Díaz: I’ve had my hand on 2007’s Pulitzer Prize winner so many times now that it’s seemed to be following me. I finally gave in.
Dubliners by James Joyce: I flipped open the book and read a moving sentence demanding instant purchase. Way to go, James. I’ve tried “Portrait of the Artist” a time or two before, but this seems to be more beach-friendly. Wouldn’t you agree? I could’ve reserved a copy from the library, but the Bantam copy was only $4.95. I did the math, and still had a few bucks left on the gift cards. This seemed to beat tearing through another issue of SPIN.
Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn: I’ll be driving 550 miles or so both ways with nothing but a sleepy Boston Terrier for company, just like I’ve done a million times. I figured I’d need something for the car. This one I actually reserved from the library, after it was recommended by Gigi Douban on Twitter. Hope I reserved it in time. Don’t think I can justify purchasing an audiobook until Some New Trend gets optioned by Hollywood.
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