May 01, 2004

On Books: April

At the end of every month, I report on what I've read - what's good and what's not. April was a good month for books. My pick of the month? Nicole Krauss' Man Walks Into A Room.

It will surprise no one that I read a lot. One of the downsides of doing so is that it can become a mechanical process. Finish one book, start another. The more I read, I find, the better a book has to be to blow me away. Man Walks Into A Room did just that.

Krauss delivers the first line of a joke with the title but the punchline plays out over 200+ captivating pages. The premise is simple - Samson Greene, New York resident and college professor, is found wandering in the Nevada desert. And all his memories formed after age 12 are gone. The story is excellent, the writing is wonderful and the eventual outcome of the story completely and totally disarmed me.

Honorable mentions go to Scotland's Christopher Wallace for The Resurrection Club - an odd, quirky mystery who's puzzle pieces are presented through first person narrative, internal corporate memos, interview transcripts and historical narrative. Only at the end do we see how they all fit together. In addition John Colapinto's About The Author was a fantastic, well thought out read not to be missed.

Posted by Chris at May 1, 2004 02:14 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll add it to my list. I'm going to Border's today, to buy books for Italy.

Posted by: Kelly at May 1, 2004 04:29 PM

shouldn't books for italy
be in italian?
although it's very kind of you...

i kinda wish i could read faster...
a lot of good books i won't get around to...

Posted by: stacy at May 1, 2004 07:34 PM

Sheesh...if only I had time for fun novel reading. Too much damn reading to do for college classes.

Posted by: Ginny at May 1, 2004 10:17 PM

Just reminded me I have to write about all teh Dan Brown books I read last month. I keep forgetting. Bugger!!

"Man Walks Into a Room" sounds promising. I hope I can find it here :-/

Posted by: Tjej at May 2, 2004 01:30 PM

Another thanks for the recommendations. I'm always looking for another good read or two.

Posted by: QC at May 2, 2004 05:47 PM

Thanks for the tips. It always seems like I've read everything already with each trip to the book store or library.

Posted by: HR Lady at May 3, 2004 06:47 AM

So I know now to never really on my memory when going to the bookstore or library. Went to the library today to return something and your post came to mind. All I remembered it had the word "man" in it. LMAO. I Must start writing down these books my fellow bloggers recommend to me.

Posted by: Charlene at May 3, 2004 07:09 PM