Archive for July, 2009

HOUSE SECRETS by Mike Lawson

When Joe DeMarco, “fixer” for Speaker of the House John Fitzpatrick Mahoney is called into the Speaker’s office to help him “help a friend” whose reporter son has drowned, he has no idea how his private investigation into the reporter’s death will mushroom into a case which will ultimately affect his party’s choice of a Presidential candidate. HOUSE SECRETS is the fourth in Mike Lawson’s Joe DeMarco series.

July 19, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Satire, Thriller/Spy/Caper, Washington, D.C.

GET REAL by Donald E. Westlake

And this brings me to Donald Westlake’s novel GET REAL. Realizing the capacity for comedy, several authors have taken the idea of reality television and written some very creative and funny books built on the subject: Ben Elton’s Chart Throb and Dead Famous, for example, and now Westlake tries his hand, and the result is a witty crime caper novel featuring one of Westlake’s regulars, John Dortmunder.

July 18, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: Humorous, New York City, y Award Winning Author

ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN by Mahbod Seraji

ROOFTOPS OF TEHRAN is both a bittersweet coming of age tale as well as a story of the tragic loss of innocence.

July 17, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: Coming-of-Age, Iran, World Lit

THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING by Alaa Al Aswany

THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING is a true literary blockbuster—“the best-selling novel in the Middle East for two years and the inspiration for the biggest budget movie ever produced in Egypt,” according to National Geographic. American readers coming to this novel will find it a vibrant and descriptive primer illuminating the various forces in contemporary Egypt that affect its current political climate. It is also a thoughtful analysis of why certain forces are as influential as they are today.

July 16, 2009 · Judi Clark · 2 Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Debut Novel, Egypt, Literary, Middle East, World Lit

LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN by Colum McCann

Just when you thought he couldn’t get any better, he does. Column McCann’s latest novel, LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN, is a masterpiece of seemingly disparate stories set together into one beautiful whole. The action takes place in the New York of the ‘70s specifically on one day in 1974 when Philippe Petit made his tightrope walk across the Twin Towers. Even if this is supposed to be a “New York story,” this is not a sprawling saga with detailed descriptions of time and place. Instead McCann makes the city come alive through the voices of a variety of beautifully painted characters whom he breathes into life in the novel.

July 15, 2009 · Judi Clark · 3 Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Facing History, Literary, National Book Award Winner, New York City, y Award Winning Author

I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE by Julia Glass

Julia Glass, winner of the National Book Award for Three Junes, now brings us I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE, the bursting-at-the-seams account of Louisa and Clem Jardine, two sisters who march down different paths. The novel spans 1980 – 2005 and generally alternates between the sister’s voices, both beginning and ending the rich novel from Louisa’s perspective.

July 14, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Contemporary, Family Matters, Literary, Reading Guide, y Award Winning Author