Friday Reads

February 8, 2013

The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson, translated by Rod Bradbury — “Wickedly clever, delightfully cynical, an adventure-filled romp of a read.”

Nobody Passes, edited by Mattilda— “Though the main focus of this collection of essays is passing in regards to gender identity, the anthology also explores other forms of passing such as a multi-racial person passing as one race or the other and a disabled person passing or not passing as able-bodied. Essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of identity and its often blurred boundaries.”

Hoot, Carl Hiaasen— “A great story, with some flawed but heroic kids on a mission to save endangered owls. It tackles some moral issues, but doesn’t veer into heavy-handedness – overall an entertaining read with engaging characters.”

Memoirs of a Sleepwalker, Charles Brockden Brown— “Walking Dead, ca. 1790. With a panther attack! ‘I had drawn up with me the tomahawk . . . before I employed it, however, I cast my eyes wildly and languidly around. The darkness was no less intense than in the pit below, and yet two objects were distinctly seen. They resembled a fixed and obscure flame. They were motionless. Though lustrous themselves, they created no illumination around them . . . these were the eyes of a panther.’”

Raised from the Ground, Jose Saramago— “An early book of his, just published in English translation for the first time, super-political and very beautifully written, about agrarian labor strikes in Portugal in the 1950s and 1960s. An extraordinary example of a book that’s highly literary and fun and political in the best sense of the word.”

“In one night last night I made it halfway through I DREAMED I WAS A VERY CLEAN TRAMP by Richard Hell, which has already brought me part of the way toward the impact that JUST KIDS had on me, though I get the feeling that Patti did not vet this book…”

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