Michael Cunningham: By Nightfall: A Novel
I have loved previous Michael Cunningham books, so I'm hopeful about this one. A bit slow to start, but that is largely 'cause I haven't had a good chunk of time to bite into the book. Perhaps I'll carve out some time this weekend.
Jonathan Franzen: Freedom: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
I couldn't get into the Corrections. But this was recommended and I had a long drive to NJ ahead of me. So I bought the book and the audiobook. Am about a third of the way in and I'm liking the various characters and the deep-dive approach to character development. I'm hopeful i'll keep the interest in this one...
J. R. Moehringer: The Tender Bar: A Memoir
The premise is that the local watering hole plays a pivotal role in the development of the author. A story I could get behind. Tracking the life of the author from childhood to adulthood, this memoir is terrific. The "characters" that he creates are dynamic and you can't wait to hear the stories progress. The ending doesn't disappoint.
Reif Larsen: The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
Still making my way through this, but it's only taking some time 'cause of my busy schedule. It's engaging and a unique reading experience. I'd recommend it.
Christopher Buckley: Boomsday
This is the same author that wrote Thank You For Smoking. While I didn't read that, I did like the movie, so I figured I'd give his latest book a try. I'm nearing the end and I am looking forward to the way he untwists some of his plot. I'm not sure if this one would make a compelling movie, but you never know. I guess it depends how it ends...
Armistead Maupin: Michael Tolliver Lives: A Novel
I finished this book in a couple of days. Very quick read. While it can be a bit cliche, it was fun to revisit the gang from TofC. A good little read - perfect for the beach or get-away weekend.
Dave Eggers: What Is the What
I am about halfway finished and I'm really liking it. I have felt continually ignorant of the plight of the Lost Boys, so this narrative does a great job of filling in my gaps. Fictionalized memoir meets autobiography is an interesting new genre...