In for the anniversary of the Watergate break-in is Thomas Mallon’s Watergate. Or, if you’re a nonfiction reader, go straight for the undiluted sap straight from the tree: The White House Transcripts (in the collection since the 70s).
Today’s entry in the “authors who ought to come out with their own brand of Canadian ’whisky’ ” category, Guy Vanderhaeghe completes his best-selling trilogy with A Good Man, set in the gritty, 19th century Canadian and American West.
Kate Rockland’s 150 Pounds, about the unlikely relationship between weight obsessed bloggers, one hell-bent on skinniness, the other on embracing her heft, bears an epigram by Kate Moss: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” To which I have to say: ever eaten buffalo wings dipped in blue cheese dressing, Kate? Well the jokes on you. But I digress from the literary matters at hand.
The philosophically provocative, hat-tip-to-Carver What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander probably earns the most-discussed at Brooklyn cocktail parties award. Very funny and very thoughtful.
Recent Niehoff lecturer A.S. Byatt weighs in with a mini tome apropos to the Mayan-predicted (more accurately the “yokos who don’t understand what the hell the Mayans were on about, or for that matter the ins and outs of Swiss particle acceleration“-predicted) end of the world that is supposed to happen this year with a short novel about the Norse myth of the end of the world: Ragnorok.
These are just a random sample from the Spring-swollen influx of quality lit available to YOU as a card-carrying member of the Literary Center of Cincinnati. Hope to see you at the check out desk, if not at any of the events comprising March Madness at the Merc.