Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Last 5 Books I Bought

1. This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation
-Barbara Ehrenreich
* Forty pages or so to go. Wonderful collection of short essays, asides, observations, and arguments about the political landscape of the first ten years of the new millennium.

2. Everbody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
-Mark Yarm

*Two-hundred pages in and I'm amazed at the construction of the book. Imagine conducting interviews with dozens of people for hundreds of hours and then going back and trying to piece a clear narrative out of those conversations that is both informative and entertaining. Mark Yarm did that.

3. Hunters and Gamblers
-Ryan Ridge

*Twenty pages to go. Wonderful and weird collection of stories ranging from micro-fiction to novellas which go from post-apocalyptic playground to the pressing ennui of Wal-mart worlds.

4. The Financial Lives of The Poets
-Jess Walter

*Can't wait to start it. The title reminds me of all the jokes from my M.F.A. program. You know the jokes. They're never funny. Just a statement of sad facts where you giggle at the end to take the edge off. "We love spending forty thousand dollars to be something that only we value or romanticize. Hahaha. Right guys? It's so worth it!"

5. How They Were Found
-Matt Bell

*The fact that I haven't read more of his work has been bothering me lately. I'm about to fix that.

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