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10 best books I’ve read in the last six months

No, these books are not all recent releases, but they floated my boat enough for me to want to recommend them to you:

1. Old Money by Wendy Wasserstein. A great and funny play about the gentrification of New York City over time. Wasserstein does an excellent job illustrating the effects that industrialization and its New Money had on NYC at both the turn of the 20th Century and that century’s zeitgeist.

2. The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead by David Callahan. Callahan makes a convincing argument that the decline of decency in corporate and individual behavior is rooted squarely in capitalism. The book is copyright 2004 and believe me, it shows. Former Governor of New York Elliot Spitzer is still a hero and not the buffoon (Client #9) who racked up tens of thousands of dollars of debt to a call girl.

3. Are You There Vodka, It’s Me, Chelsea? by Chelsea Handler. The rare television talk show host who shoots from the hip. Her “memoir” is sharp and funny and she’s not afraid to make herself unloveable.

4. Blue Angel by Francine Prose. A scary novel about a middle-aged creative writing professor who falls in love with his manipulative protege.

5. A People’s History of the United States 1492-Present by Howard Zinn. I know, it took me long enough. It was a joy to read a history book that’s devoid of idiotic mythology.

6. Hubert’s Freaks: The Rare-Book Dealer, the Times Square Talker, and the Lost Photos of Diane Arbus by Gregory Gibson. A great book of non-fiction about one man’s quest to solve a mystery about vintage books and old tymey New York freak shows.

7. Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield. A great book for music lovers who want to reminisce and have their hearts broken.

8. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. A frighteningly dreamy look at a society that has traded chance for science. The characters in this book haunt me.

9. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. A romantic and modern novel about love and sacrifice.

10. White Teeth by Zadie Smith. Another “academic novel” about an interracial relationship between a professor and his student that jeopardizes the structure of two families.

Now you give me your recommendations!

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One thought on “10 best books I’ve read in the last six months

  1. Yay! I just put three of those on my reading list. Thank you.

    You know what I hate? Finishing a book and thinking: meh. See “Lucky” by Alice Sebold, which I just read after years of feeling guilty for not having done so. Yeah, she writes well. And yeah, what happened to her was fucked up. But that doesn’t mean I have to like her as a person.

    You know who I do like? Chelsea Handler!

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