John LeCarre has a new book, it looks and sounds interesting, but I have to tell you that I couldn’t get into anything he’s ever written, but I want to read Our Kind of Traitor or at least try. I really loved the movie adaptation of The Constant Gardner, it’s more realistic than I thought possible, it seemed like that scenario could happen; drug company testing it’s new drug on and unsuspecting tribe in Africa, and a lone man figuring it out.
I’ve been over the moon about Dogfight: A Love Story by Matt Burgess for some time now, words can’t describe its greatness… and it’s a debut novel that takes place in Queens, NY no less! It’s about two brothers, one who has just gotten out of jail, Tariq, and his street dealer brother Alfredo. This story is told in the present tense, which makes it all the more thrilling, and can be really hard for a reviewer to describe, although Joseph Salvatore in this Sunday’s TBR does a damn fine job of it, (comparing Burgess to Richard Price, which is right on).
Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)
Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (Harper)
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)
In case you haven’t explored the site in the past couple of days, take a look at our brand new Video page, which includes a selection of interesting youtube videos about books including
Here are a few of the new books for this week. If you haven’t read Dennis’s series on Dinaw Mengestu’s How To Read The Air yet, you should. you can find them here, here and here. Also previously mentioned here at 3G1B were Palo Alto and Cockroach
How to Live is a book about books as much as being a biography. A self-help book for bibliophiles should be a book that reads like a bibliography anyway. A book, or a blog post, that invites you take paths in many directions. So I am sorry that Borges did not live to read this biography. He would have loved it.