>It’s not too late to rise to the challenge laid down by “endurance bibliophiles around the world” to read David Foster Wallace’s 1000+-page novel Infinite Jest and post your comments on the Infinite Summer blog.
If you’re looking for something postmodern, but a little shorter to tackle this summer, check out the Los Angeles Times list of 61 Essential Postmodern Reads on its Jacket Copy blog. I’ve only read 11 on the list, and confess to having started and given up on a couple of others, including Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
Author Lisa Lutz has created a winning new private eye in Isabel “Izzy” Spellman, the 28-year-old daughter with a checkered past in a family that thinks it’s normal, although they’re almost all private eyes who have no respect for privacy. Izzy and Rae, her much younger sister, have the business in their blood–Rae has to be reined in from her recreational tailing and shadowing while she’s still in elementary school. Izzy’s older brother David escapes the family business and become a high-powered lawyer, but can’t avoid occasional professional and personal contact with his family, who — sneaky and intensely curious — are very good at what they do.
Recorded Books narrator Christina Moore does a fantastic job with Izzy’s detailing of her life story thus far, including Rae’s troubling disappearance, Uncle Ray’s drinking benders, Izzy’s string of ex-boyfriends, and the cold case that is meant to be Izzy’s final investigation.
First in series of three so far, The Spellman Files will be a hit with Janet Evanovich readers.
Watch a video interview with author Lisa Lutz from Simon & Schuster, publisher of the abridged audio edition.
Check availability of this title in Old Colony Library Network catalog here: http://navigator.ocln.org/?hreciid=%7clibrary%2fmarc%2focln-dynix%7c1148914
>Gary on the Booklist Book Group blog suggests Peace by Richard Bausch might be a title that would appeal to men as well as women in a book group. The book just won the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction for 2009.