Staff Picks - Dan
Set aside whatever you think you already know about Michelle Obama. The real joy of reading this book is discovering that an ordinary person trained for this exceptional opportunity her whole life without realizing it, and NAILED IT! She's a brilliant writer too, so you'll be in her thrall on ever page.
You have probably already made up your mind about what is the best book by David Sedaris. I was always partial to Naked, while I suspect most people would pick Me Talk Pretty One Day. Calypso might be a game-changer. By far his most vulnerable collection of stories. He examins aging and family dynamics with all of the humor you would expect, but be warned - this book packs a punch, and I think it's his best book yet.
As debuts go, this one is quite promising. I really enjoyed Imperioli's storytelling and I hope he writes more.
The only book I've ever hurled across a room. If you've already read it, you know why. If you haven't, you will.
Everything, Everything, Everything.
This book will break your heart. It will make you laugh though, and you will marvel at the terrific writing, and how completely it will draw you in. You know these characters because they could be from your own family.
I'm an evangelist for this book! Not only is it laugh-out-loud funny, but it makes piercing observations about art - what it takes to make it, and what you give up to do so. Give this book to your artist friends.
More sex, more drugs, more rock & roll per page than any memoir I've read!
After two breathtaking memoirs, I'm happy to see Clegg writing fiction. Did You Ever Have a Family is not a question. You did, and you loved them, but they were strange. Or maybe it was you...
Sally Mann is a gifted photgrapher, but to read this book is to know she's a brilliant and intrspective writer too. You may know nothing about her when you start this book, but you'll adore her by the last page. I hope she writes fiction next.
She's experienced all the same everyday indignities that you have, and she finds the humor. Affordable housing in Santa Monica, acting auditions, child birth - nothing is off the table.
Pousson's novel in stories rolls over you like a short summer rain on the bayou. It's terrific!
You can only read it for the first time once, but this novel has gifts you'll find again and again.
Hugh Steers is an artist who could have been lost to time but this gorgeous monograph corrects that.
Fucking gorgeous. To dismiss this novel as a "gay love story" is to miss a revisit to your younger self, in love (and disgust) for the first time - over it all, and swept under too. Later.