October 2013

Five Star Billionaire by Tash AwI adored this almost until the very end, when I realized that it wasn't really building to any exciting climax. Kind of bummed me out.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri How does she keep getting better and better?

The Book on Bookies by James Jeffries Yeah, I'm like five minutes and a stack of dissolving rice paper away from opening my own sportsbook.

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano I had no idea this period of history even existed! Amazing.

Knocking on Heaven's Door by Katy Butler This book blew my mind. Absolutely everyone must read it immediately. It will change how you think about old age and dying.

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan Kelly did it again, brought us another heartbreaker that'll keep you laughing and crying.

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell I love British novels, I really do.

Love Nina, A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe Crappy chick lit, you say? No! In fact, totally delightful. A wonderful surprise.

Death of a Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone I wanted to like this more than I did.

Golden State by Michelle Richmond I loved this novel. I love the high concept conceit (California seceding!) but more than that I loved the characters.

Benediction by Kent Haruf My God, this is a magnificent novel. One of the best I've read in years.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adele Waldman I went in prepared to hate this. I mean, hello? Another A. Waldman? But it was pretty fucking great. The insight into the way these literary boys think about women? Terrific.

The Circle by Dave Eggers Man, is he ever at the top of his game. This fabulous book totally freaked me out. It made me rethink a hell of a lot about how I interact with the world.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Starts great, but kind of falls a little flat at the end.

A Naked Singularity by Sergio de la Pava Stupendous. I mean, seriously. Masterful. And it's a first novel!