Book Reviews Enjoyed Today, After the San Carlos Farmers Market

From the “Briefly Noted” section of the May 9, 2011 Issue of The New Yorker:

Philip Connors, “a former Wall Street Journal copy editor is, for most of the year, a happily married bartender in Silver City, New Mexico.  But every April he treks five and a half miles into the Gila Wilderness to spend five months alone (save for his dog) in one of America’s last lookout towers, alerting the Forest Service to any nascent fires.”  —  The book is Fire Season, by Philip Connors

The author “opens her debut novel with a babysitting predicament:  “We can’t believe the house is on fire.  It’s so embarrassing first of all, and so dangerous second of all.”  —  The book is Ann Beard’s In Zanesville

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From The New York Times Book Review of 26 June, 2011:

Michael Gorra’s review of Anuradha Roy’s first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing, in which a Calcutta-born man “moves his family to a small town called Songarh, where he builds a house not far from the forest and starts a business manufacturing herbal medicines and perfumes.  He loves the isolation and the chance for a flower-filled garden, but his wife doesn’t, and eventually she begins to spout a series of sweet-tempered obscenities, words nobody can quite believe she knows.”

Joel Whitney’s review of Joel Brinkley’s Cambodia’s Curse:  The Modern History of a Troubled Land, “an unabashed plea to refocus international aid and diplomacy on a suffering people.  It is also an attempt to hold some of those responsible for that suffering accountable . . .  “

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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