The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht - the best book I have read this year

The combination of heat and humidity and the lack of a fan in the office means I don’t yet have my next post ready, though I am hopeful of it going up tomorrow.

But, also, the upcoming visits of my mother and sister and my trip to Philadelphia (for work) and Washington (with Veronica and Thomas to see our new nephew Jack – born 2 July) mean that there will probably be some additional delays.  I will have at least one more and maybe as many as three more posts before I leave, but for the next couple of weeks, please bear with me.  I hope to get to the next novel (a 19th century one) and the next year in film (1990 – it’s all about GoodFellas) soon.

Relax and do some summer reading.  For fiction, I recommend The Tiger’s Wife – the best book I have read this year.  If you want a paperback, go with The Imperfectionists – the best book I read last year.  If you want something a bit more genre-flavored, go with The Passage, which was phenomenal.  If you want non-fiction, read Colonel Roosevelt, the final volume in Edmund Morris’ biography of TR.  For paperback non-fiction, Patti Smith’s memoir, Just Kids, is awesome – especially her description of her first encounter with Allen Ginsburg.  So, with the blog sporadic for a couple of weeks, go read some books.  That’s part of what this blog is all about.

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