Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rock Star and Author Keith Richards Appearing at the NYC Public Library Tomorrow.

I'm definitely jealous:  A lucky few are holding tickets to see Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards give a talk about his new book, Life, tomorrow night in New York City at the public library's main branch in Manhattan.

Come on, Keith, how about a nationwide book tour?   

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Join the Facebook Group for Something Good to Read.

We're having a discussion at the Facebook group on what book titles to recommend to your mother-in-law.  Check it out!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2010 Man Booker Prize Goes to Howard Jacobson for "The Finkler Question."

A novel by Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize for fiction.  The Finkler Question is described by the Washington Post as a comedy about anti-Semitism.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Audiobooks: "Still Midnight" by Denise Mina.

This week I'm doing quite a bit of driving around the state.  Fortunately, I've lucked into a terrific audiobook to enjoy while on the road.  It's called Still Midnight, written by Denise Mina and narrated by Jane MacFarlane.  Ms. MacFarlane is excellent at bringing a lot of life to the Scottish characters in Mina's novel; in fact, after a few hours of listening, I've had to resist blurting out some choice working-class phrases.

The book is about two armed men who are hired to break into a Glasgow home, snatch a man named Bob, and hold him for ransom.  The men botch the job, shooting one person mistake, and then grabbing the wrong person as hostage.  The story switches between the criminals and the Glasgow police investigating the crime.  Detective Sergeant Alex Morrow, who feels she isn't given the lead in the investigation due to sexism in the department, nonetheless finds the best clues.

Still Midnight is a good book audiobook for all of you road warriors.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Cocktails, Mixed Drinks, Spirits: "Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits" by Jason Wilson.

Jason Wilson writes about spirits for the Washington Post.  He also has a new book out, Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits.   Pass some time between now and the start of happy hour by reading excerpts of Mr. Wilson's book at this link.