New Yorker Books, 27 July 2009

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the Books section of the 27 July 2009 New Yorker:

After reading the essay “Spy Wars,” by Nicholas Lemann:

  • Chapman Pincher’s Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders, and Cover-Ups: Six Decades of Espionage Against America and Great Britain:
  • Peter Wright’s Spycatcher

After reading the “Briefly Noted” section:

  • Reif Larsen’s first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
    The twelve-year-old hero’s “accurately rendered illustrations of beetles, maps of the sewer system in Washington, D.C., and the changing coastline of the United States draw the attention of the Smithsonian Institution, which, mistaking him for an adult, offers him a prestigious award.”
  • Emily Chenoweth’s first novel, Hello Goodbye
    When a doctor tells Elliott that his wife has a terminal brain tumor, he plans a vacation at a grand New England hotel, acting on the premise that “there was nothing you could do, and yet you could not do nothing.”
  • Richard Bessel’s Germany 1945
    “Germans dissolved into pools of self-pity — which, remarkably, helped lay the foundation (at least in the West) for a democratic and pacifist state.”

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