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I read some Robert Stone years back and really enjoyed his weird, brilliant style. He kind of reminds me of a cross between Thomas Pynchon and Tom Robbins. This latest follows a woman who dies in a car accident and how her death affects those around her. Not a blow-you-away premise, but the pedigree makes it worth a shot.
Laura van den Berg’s story collections (two so far in her young have consistently garnered rave reviews and this one is no different. Here she’s writing noir-tinged crime stories. Van den Berg was also the most prominent writer to emerge from Chamber Four’s birthplace, Emerson College, in the last few years. That’s not a conflict of interest if I disclose it, right?
The authors of such classics as The Lords of Discipline and The Prince of Tides, returns with a memoir about his father’s abusive behavior and the rift that opened when Conroy wrote about his father in his breakout novel, The Great Santini.
Count me among the masses of people that find Allie Brosh’s blog/comic Hyperbole and a Half hopelessly hilarious. If you’re familiar with the comic, all you need to know is that the book features new material (along with, presumably, a lot of old stuff), and it costs less than $11. If you’re not familiar with the comic, it’s, uh… well, it’s hard to explain. Just go ahead and check it out for yourself (especially the Best Of section in the right sidebar). If that doesn’t convince you, try this: H1/2 (®) was named one of the Funniest Sites on the Web by PC World, and that is the very first piece of information the marketing copy on Goodreads wants you to know.
This literary novel—about a man who discovers the body of his mother after she commits suicide—has been getting some good early reviews. I’ve never heard of Lindsay Hill but this one seems to deserve attention.
One of the New Yorker’s “culture critics” publishes his first book in 14 years, since The Women. In it, he examines “white girls,” a somewhat loose category that—according to the flap copy—includes Truman Capote and Malcolm X. I’m not too familiar with Als, but all the reviews say he’s a genius.
White Fire, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (out 11/12)
When did Albom start writing Todd Burpo-esque heaven-bullshit books? He used to write genuine (if maudlin) books about life lessons taken from real experiences, and now he’s writing a novel about a small town where the phones can reach heaven. And the title makes it sound like heaven is a prison. Religious nutcases: THIS is the kind of book you want to ban.