Endless Summer (reading)

Summer began officially last week and I’ve finished the books on my summer reading list. Now what? Looks like I’ll have to shift titles from my Fall List to a new one. I guess the lesson here is one should never start one’s summer reading in the spring.

The books below are ideal for the beach or hammock, but it’s too late for me. Fortunately, it’s not too late for you.

 

 

GUYNOIR

 

GUY NOIR AND THE STRAIGHT SKINNY
Garrison Keillor
Penguin Books

From out of the air waves and onto the page comes Keillor’s flatulent, hard-boiled PI, Guy Noir. This absurdist novel set on the not-so-mean streets of St. Paul is loaded with outlandish characters and a screwball plot which good taste forbids me to reveal.  It delivers enough hard-boiled ha-ha’s  to keep the hammock swinging.

 

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SKIOS
Michael Frayn
Metropolitan Books

The author of the classic British farce, Noises Off,  is up to his old tricks again, only this time off stage and on page where he craftily takes his novel of mistaken identities to absurd heights—skewering upper class pomposity. CLICK HERE to read the full review.

 

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THEY EAT PUPPIES, DON’T THEY?
Christopher Buckley
Twelve Books

Christopher Buckley knows the Beltway inside-out, not to mention China’s center of power—Zhongnanhai. His latest comic novel shifts back and forth between the two power centers  and takes no prisoners. Lobbyists and neocons are wit-lashed in the manner of a civilized Terry Southern.

 

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THE COMEDY IS FINISHED
Donald E. Westlake
Hard Case Crime

What a find! Hard Case Crime discovered this unpublished novel by Westlake which the author shelved when Martin Scorsese’s film The King of Comedy was released. He thought the plots were too similar, but the late Westlake was always an original and his tale of a kidnapped comedian (think Bob Hope) stands alone.

 

 

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DO NOT ASK WHAT GOOD WE DO: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives
Robert Draper
Free Press

I always spike my summer reading list with a few bracing doses of nonfiction. If you don’t know why the approval ratings for Congress are in the dumper, read Draper’s portrait. He focuses on a handful of lawmakers who are in large part deserving of the bad rep—Tea Party flame-brains who refuse to compromise and couldn’t govern their way out of a paper bag. It’s a depressing tale,  but never dull.  A close look at some of the new members responsible for gridlock in Washington. One can only hope their “service” is short-lived.

 

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END THIS DEPRESSION NOW!
Paul Krugman
W. W. Norton & Company

Paul Krugman is one economist who has been proven right more often than not. He predicted the current economic crisis and it’s too bad he wasn’t in a position of power before the bubble burst. But now is the time to pay attention for he has solutions for bringing us out of this mess. “All that is blocking recovery is a lack of intellectual clarity and political will.”

Now’s the time to arm yourself with some sanity and facts.

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