An Assorted set of notable titles from the first half of 2014 have made this year memorable for book lovers.
Book lovers are off to start fast reading in 2014 with some excellent titles from every section of the bookstore: literacy fiction, graphic novel, young adult fiction, history- you just name it. These famous names usually wait for fall to publish their books, but already this year we have seen some great comic memories from Gary Shteyngart and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and Micheal Lewis racy piece on Wall Street reporting is incomparable.
There are some good reads from less well known writers, like a funny story collection One More Thing by BJ Novak’s was an extremely welcoming surprise ; Redeployment– story of a searing look at soldiers returning from Iraq by Phil Klay’s. Equally E. Lockhart, We Were Liars is intense fiction to read.
So Enjoy these Reads!!!!!
Lockhart, We Were Liars
Four fast friends—three cousins plus one outsider—spend summers together on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts with their extended family, most of whom are thoroughly pickled in money and alcohol. One night Cadence, our heroine and narrator, has an accident that changes everything—but she can’t remember what happened, and nobody will tell her.
Kai Bird, The Good Spy
A lucid, thorough, fascinating biography of Robert Ames, an important CIA operative who died in the Beirut embassy bombing, by a Pulitzer-winning historian.
BJ Novak, One More Thing
Novak, best known for playing Ryan on the office, turns out a strange, hilarious and very very smart collection of wry and twisted comic stories in the tradition of Woody Allen’s Without Feathers
Phil Klay, Redeployment
These short stories about Marines in Iraq are brutally frank about the traumas and moral compromises of a new era of war. Klay saw them firsthand: he spent a year in Iraq with the Marines
Sally Green, Half Bad
The white and black witches are secretly at war, and 16 year old Nathan, whose parents were on opposite sides, is caught in the middle. This is an enthralling fantasy in the Harry Potter tradition, powered by Nathan’s unique narrative voice.
Lawrence Goldstone, Birdmen
A meticulously researched account of the tangled, contentious early years of flight, when the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss were locked in a bitter dispute that would shape the future of the entire aviation industry.
Olivia Laing, The Trip To Echo Spring
Laing’s question is, what is the mysterious connection between writing and drinking? To answer it she weaves together the lives of great alcoholic writers like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Cheever, and Tennessee Williams, looking at why they needed to drink, what drinking gave them, and what it took away.
Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
A new graphic memoir by the beloved New Yorker cartoonist that details her loving but exasperated relationship with her aging parents. As always Chast’s humor is poignant and acerbic, but at the same time strangely comforting.
Gary Shteyngart, Little Failure
Born in Leningrad, Shteyngart came to America as a child and grew up to become the author of sharp, poignant comic novels. But the story was much more painful and much funnier than that sounds, and his memoir walks us through the highs and especially the lows.