Sep 25, 2013
Here's your easy-to-use, linked-up scoop on the books reviewed in our local papers this week!
From the Pioneer Press Books section:
The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Secret Boyhood Diary edited by Dave Page -
When F. Scott Fitzgerald was fourteen and living in St. Paul, he began keeping a short diary of his exploits among his friends, friendly rivals, and crushes. The Thoughtbook includes a new introduction by Dave Page that covers the history and provenance of the diary, its meaning in Fitzgerald's literary development, and what it says about Fitzgerald's life and writing process.
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon - New York City, 2001. Fraud investigator Maxine Tarnow starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO and discovers there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left of the tech bubble.
From the Star Tribune Books section:
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri - An extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.
Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya by Annick Cojean, translated from French by Marjolin de Jager - Le Monde special correspondent Annick Cojean gives a voice to Soraya's story, and supplements her investigation into Gaddafi's abuses of power through interviews with people who knew Soraya, as well as with other women who were abused by Gaddafi.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes - Julian Barnes gives us his most powerfully moving book yet, beginning in the nineteenth century and leading seamlessly into an entirely personal account of loss--making Levels of Life an immediate classic on the subject of grief.
Someone by Alice McDermott - The story of a Brooklyn-born woman's life - her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs - from childhood to old age.
Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry - A wickedly funny and hugely original collection of stories about misspent love and crimes gone horribly wrong.