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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Department of Book Reports: Some Random Notes

SeattleTammy and I are still in the midst and in the throes of house projects, and neither of us have finished the books we have been reading. Still, there a few thing we would like to remind you fine readers about.

First, ST reported last week on friend Vex Streeter's new book on Second Life. Vex will be appearing at our virtual Second Life Jackson Street Books at 1:00 pm today, Saturday the 20th. He will talk about his book and answer your questions.

Some timely political books are now hitting the shelves. John R. Talbott affords a look at what we might expect from an Obama Presidency in his Obamanomics: How Bottom-Up Economic Prosperity Will Replace Trickle-Down Economics (Seven Stories $16.95). And just how is that trickle-down theory working out for you guys this week? Or ever?

Robert Kuttner's Obama's Challenge:America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency (Chelsea Green $14.95) is drawing rave reviews from Fox News personalities. Kuttner argues that Obama, if elected, has a chance to transform our country in ways paved by FDR or Lincoln.

Two books that I mentioned that I am anxious to read are now available. Dennis Lehane's post WW1 historical saga, The Given Day (William Morrow and Company $27.95), will be out on Tuesday, September 23rd. Do yourself a favor and read Lehane. Paul Auster's Man in the Dark (Henry Holt $23.00) is out. It deals with an insomniac 72 year old mind who imagines a different kind of world than we live in now, where America is at war with itself, and Al Gore is just concluding his second term.

Finally I want to note the sad passing of David Foster Wallace, who's Infinite Jest (Back Bay $17.99) has been compared to Ulysses and Gravity's Rainbow. Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, has a fine appreciation of Wallace at his blog.

These books are available at your local Fine Independent Bookstore, and soon, once projects are complete, at Jackson Street Books.

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