04 October 2011

2011 reading list: April - September

A. Bartlett Giamatti, Take Time for Paradise. NY: Bloomsbury USA, 2011. See full review here.

Franz Kafka, The Castle: A new translation based on the restored text. Tel Aviv, Schocken, 1998. A primer on how not to behave upon moving to a new city to look for work.

Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Short answer? Become unstuck in time. And the key to time travel is understanding that you're already doing it--everything else follows naturally.

George Vecsey, Stan Musial: An American Life. New York: ESPN, 2011. See full review here.

Robert Coover, The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. New York: Plume, 1971. A warning that Strat-o-Matic is a game best played with friends.

Craig Robinson, Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2011. See full review here.

Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space. NY: ACE Books, 2000. A grand space opera in three voices: archaeologist, assassin, and astronaut, who together face an alien doomsday device.

Thomas Williams, The Hair of Harold Roux. NY: Bloomsday USA, 2011. This re-issued 1975 National Book Award winning novel about writing a novel about a would-be novelist's hairpiece is a brilliantly-faceted portrait of an academic writer. It is also far too subtle to compete with summer; it requires the time and attention for wonder, and would be best enjoyed when longer nights allow leisurely lingering.

Jessie Sheidlower, The F-Word (3rd edition). NY: Oxford UP, 2009. "This book contains every sense of fuck, and every compound word or phrase of which fuck is a part, that the editor believes has ever had broad currency in English (xxxvi)."

Walter Mosley, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. NY: Riverhead, 2010. "If you were twenty years older and I was fifty years younger..." the titular 91-year-old tells the teenage beauty who comes to care for him after his nephew is shot as she helps him fulfill the promises left unkept at life's end.