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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Department of Book Reports: Books We're Looking Forward to Reading

Seattle Tammy and I are still getting settled into the new digs and I haven't really had much chance to read anything other than the blogs and the newspapers the past few weeks. But I am making a list of new books of recently published and soon to be published books that I will get around to reading.

First, Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine:The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Picador $16.00) is now in paperback. It tells the tale of how, under the influence of Milton Friedman, modern capitalism is transforming itself by exploiting natural catastrophe and war for more profit! There was a good discussion of the book earlier this week at Crooks and Liars.

Also recently released is a collection of Barbara Ehrenreich's essays This Land is Their Land (Metropolitan Books $24) The "Their" here would be referring to rich. She is the author of many previous books, including Nickel and Dimed (Henry Holt $14.00), her account of living a year on low-waged jobs.

Thomas Frank, author of What's the Matter with Kansas (Holt $16.00), has new book due out on August 5th, The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule (Metropolitan $25.00). Sounds delightful!

I was surprised to learn that Michael Moore's Mike's Election Guide (Grand Central $13.99) is his first in five years. Has it been that long? This book will hit the stores on August 6th.

Two novels I am anxious to read are Paul Auster's Man in the Dark (Holt $23.00) and Dennis Lehane's The Given Day (Morrow $27.95). Both ST and I loved Auster's The Brooklyn Follies (Picador $14.00) from a couple of years back. The new book will be published on August 19th and seems to center on an aging man who is recuperating at his daughter's Vermont home. Unable to sleep, he tells himself stories and dredges up memories that he would rather forget. Lehane, author of the novel Mystic River (HarperTorch $7.99) on which Clint Eastwood directed the brilliant movie, has returned to Boston with a family saga that recounts the years from the U.S. involvement in World War One to the early 20's. Lehane is a fine writer and one I highly recommend. The new book is due out on September 23rd. And in searching teh googles, I see that director Sam Raimi has already optioned the book, and is developing a screenplay.

All these books are, or will be, available at your favorite independent bookstore.

What are you reading this week?

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