What I’m Reading On the Page

Bob Shacochis, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul – A darkly epic personal history spanning from WWII Croatia to Cold War Istanbul to revolutionary Haiti. (5/13)

Johnny Shaw, Plaster City – A desert comic caper featuring the hapless duo of Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves. (5/1)

Molly Ringwald, When It Happens To You – Beautifully crafted novel in short stories, melancholy and hopeful (10/1)

Adrianne Wood, Badlands Bride (Nook exclusive) – Adventure and romance on an Old West dinosaur dig! (1/25)

Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table – lovely memoir fiction from the master. (1/9)

Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels – Excellent LA crime fiction. (12/15)

Tony Horwitz, Confederates in the Attic – On the trail of “hardcore” Civil War re-enactors. (5/22)

Tatjana Soli, The Lotus Eaters – Beautiful, haunting novel about a femal war photographer in the waning days of the Vietnam War.  (5/1)

Stacey Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life – Fascinating but dense historical biography of The Queen of the Nile. (2/17)

David Grann, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon – Utterly engrossing narrative history of turn-of-the-century explorer Percy Fawcett and his ultimately fatal (we think!) quest for a lost city of gold in the Brazilian jungle. In the tradition of Tony Horwitz, Grann re-traces Fawcett’s steps deep into terra incognito. A great read! (2/17)

Andre Dubus III, The Garden of Last Days – Riveting, heart-poundingly stressful, rewarding imagining of the intersection of a handful of hardscrabble lives in Florida on September 10, 2001. Author is one of the most entertaining men I’ve ever met, though you’d never guess from the sense of impending doom running through his work the actual joy with which he lives his life. (6/29)

Michael Ondaatje, Running in the Family – Rereading this beautiful, haunting family history by my favorite writer, which starts out as a chronicle of Ondaatje’s parents’ life together in 1920s colonial Ceylon and turns into a bittersweet, wistful portrait of his father’s struggles with his demons. Wonderful, wonderful (6/12)

Natsuo Kirino, Grotesque – another page-turner of a Japanese mystery – this time about the mysterious murders of prostitutes in Tokyo – from the author of OUT. (6/1)

Michael Thomas, Man Gone Down – sobering, fascinating story of a man haunted by his past, love gone bad, and racism struggling to get by in 21st Century NYC.

Tony Vigorito, 9 Kinds of Naked – a rollicking good read about synchronicity, chaos, strippers, gnomes, and the storm of the century. One of Carl’s favorites.

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