Isn’t it wonderful how self keeps finding NYTBR issues from last year?
Here’s one that isn’t too long ago: it’s from September 2012.
In this issue, the “By the Book” interview is With Michael Chabon, who just happens to be reading Moonraker, by Ian Fleming (written 1955). He also mentions Cloud Atlas, and Ben Marcus (author of The Flame Alphabet) and three of what he thinks are classics of “genre fiction”: The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, and Blood Meridian. Next on his reading list: Beyond Black, by Hilary Mantel, and Diamonds are Forever.
There is a review of Love Bomb, a novel by Lisa Zeidner, that refers to a previous novel by Ayelet Waldman, Red Hook Road (which self will try and read).
Finally, there is a review by Christian Bauman (who served with the United States Army in Somalia and Haiti) of Fobbit, by David Abrams, a novel whose hero is assigned to a public affairs team in a “Forward Operating Base,” or FOB, in Iraq. (“Dead soldiers,” according to Abrams’ hero, “were now little more than objects to be loaded onto the back of C-130s somewhere and delivered like pizzas to the United States.”)
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.