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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall New Releases

It's officially fall.  I don't need the shorter days, crisp evening air, or falling leaves to tell me.  I need only look to the overloaded new arrivals tables in the store.  Seriously, we are bursting at the seams with new stuff.  Come and check out all the awesomeness.  I am beside myself this fall.  It's like the publishers were choosing their new books just for me!  Here is my fantasy fall reading list:

Telegraph Avenue, by Micheal Chabon

I have read a lot of Chabon, not all, but most.  It all started with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  It has my all-time, favorite, literary moment, and I say that with conviction.  I don't have a favorite book (there are just too many), but I do have a favorite moment in a book, and Micheal Chabon wrote it.  That's why I was so excited about Telegraph Avenue.  Early reviews claim it's his greatest since Kavalier and Clay.  Maybe I will stumble upon my second-favorite, literary moment.  Joy!

America Again:  Re-becoming the America We Never Weren't, by the Reverend Dr. Stephen T. Colbert DFA

Given the amount of Stephen Colbert references I have shamelessly posted on this blog, you must have known this was coming.  AND IT"S IN 3D!!!

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, by Catherynne M. Valente

Valente's first Fairyland adventure, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, was spectaular.  You really need to read it first, but don't worry, it will be worth it.  Here's my review of the first one...

I've read comparisons of this book to Alice in Wonderland, but I can't help thinking that such comparisons diminish the originality, charm, and delight of this book. September lives in Nebraska, her father is off fighting in the war and her mother works in the factory. But her lonely life is turned upside down when the Green Wind appears at her window and sweeps her away to fairyland.  
Collecting loyal friends including a protective green jacket, a wyvern, and a determined key, September sets out for fun, adventure, and even peril. This book is a joy to read with plenty of grown up stuff to keep adults up long after bedtime. Valente's writing is enchanting, sometimes poignant, as she weaves sweet stories and universal truths that I think are entirely absent in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
 Louis D. Brandeis:  A Life , by Melvin I Urofsky

No, I didn't add this one to make myself seem smarter...it would appear that my time in school is beginning to skew my reading appetites.  I can't wait to sink my teeth into this (rather HUGE) biography.  Here's the blurb from the back...
Brandeis witnessed and suffered from the anti-Semitism rampant in the United States in the early twentieth century, and with the outbreak of World War I, became at age fifty-eight the head of the American Zionist movement. During the brutal six-month congressional confirmation battle that ensued when Woodrow Wilson nominated him to the Supreme Court in 1916, Brandeis was described as “a disturbing element in any gentlemen’s club.” But once on the Court, he became one of its most influential members, developing the modern jurisprudence of free speech and the doctrine of a constitutionally protected right to privacy and suggesting what became known as the doctrine of incorporation, by which the Bill of Rights came to apply to the states. In this award-winning biography, Melvin Urofsky gives us a panoramic view of Brandeis’s unprecedented impact on American society and law.
-Erin B. 

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