2019 MANBOOKER LONGLIST The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Canada)/ Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (Ireland)/ My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK-Nigeria)/ Ducks Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann (USA-UK)/ Girl Woman Other by Bernardine Evaristo (UK)/ The Wall by John Lanchester (UK)/ The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy (UK)/ Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Mexico-Italy)/ An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria)/ Lanny by Max Porter (UK)/ Quichotte by Salman Rushdie (UK-India)/ 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World by Elif Shafak (UK-Turkey)/… Read more Longlist 2019 →
by Cristina Alger. The stupid title has nothing to do with anything. The author wrote The Banker’s Wife which was an okay summer read. As is this “ripped from the headlines” mystery. Jeffrey Epstein and Long Island cops meet FBI agent daughter. Insider info or prescient? Anyway. Fun romp forking around familiar places. Very funny Mike Pence reference. Some twists and turns. Editing needs work, but a quick light beach read. Icky note: Dana Perino is a friend of the author and the dog in the story is named Jasper.
by Riley Sager. Apologies to Ira Levin. Guessed the plot a third of the way in. And. As an homage to Rosemary’s Baby in a faux Dakota building, not even close. None of the spine-tingling psychological characterizations. More a Rogue’s gallery of two-dimensional caricatures. A touristy terror tale of Central Park West and the Park. So. Very summer light.
by Sadie Jones. Not about snakes. Not really. Literally. Okay. Maybe a couple. And a skin. Mostly about bad parents (snakes). Rich slum-lord developer British patriarch and his slithering beauty of a wife. Racist gendarmerie in France. Inept, too. A ramshackle hotel. A mystery with a few red herrings. A dysfunctionally banal couple. Pretty cliché. But hey. It’s summer. A pretty good read. If you don’t like happy endings.
New York Times remembers Iris Murdoch: The Sea The Sea and The Black Prince are two of my favorite reads.
What our Book Club has been reading over the past month: Becoming by Michelle Obama Fear by Bob Woodward An American Marriage by Tayari Jones Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver The Salt Path by Raynor Winn Tribe by Sebastian Junger
Ben Dolnick, who wrote The Ghost Notebooks, discusses the wonderment of books in New York Times Sunday Review.
by Ruth Reichl. Her Gourmet Magazine memoir as its doyenne for a decade from 1999 through 9/11 until the magazine’s demise in 2009. The story of Severine in Paris will blow your mind. Reichl’s writing about food is legend, but her storytelling is wonderful. Reichl’s earlier work Comfort Me With Apples spoke to my own voice. Her time with Alice Waters in Berkeley and her love of great food jumped off the page. It confirmed my decision to write about restaurants in Northampton, Massachusetts. I decided it couldn’t be just a… Read more Save Me The Plums →