The Last 10 Books I Bought (and why)
I'm taking a cute from Joe Konrath's blog
and offering a list of the last ten books I purchased and why I bought them. Thought it might be an interesting look at why books get purchased. Or not.
THE CLEANUP by Sean Doolittle
I've heard Doolittle's name several times as a writer to watch, and after this book got a good review in the New York Times I figured it was time to give Sean a shot.
OFFICER DOWN by Theresa Schwegel
The book won the freaking Edgar. Plus I'm a huge fan of "The Shield," so the back cover copy sucked me in. I'm a sucker for cops toeing the line between good and evil, so this sounded like a winner on all fronts.
SUNSTROKE by Jesse Kellerman
The last few years have been good for literary celebrity offspring (Owen King, Joe Hill), and while I was skeptical when this novel came out, the author's terrific pedigree (he's an award-winning playwright) and good reviews convinced me otherwise. I stopped in the Black Orchid the other day, where Jesse himself apparently told the owners, "If you read this expecting my parents, you'll be disappointed." So I had to check it out.
A PHOTOGRAPHER'S LIFE by Annie Leibovitz
A gift for my Dad who's a huge photography buff. I had the chance to give it a read when I visited, and the pictures within are both stunning and heartbreaking, most notably in Annie's relationship with her parents as they age.
GREETINGS FROM E STREET by Robert Santelli
Another gift for my Dad. Plus it sounded like one hell of a cool book and package, with reproductions of tickets and flyers from Springsteen's early days.
MY SISTER'S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult
It's no secret that Picoult seems poised to cement her place atop the literary establishment, and few authors can match her combined commercial success and critical acclaim. Yet I'd never read a Picoult book, and after reading a piece in USA Today about her publishing celebrating the 1,000,000th copy sold, I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about.
THE BUSINESS OF DYING by Simon Kernick
During another trip to the Black Orchid, this time for Duane Swiercyznski's signing, I asked Sarah and Dave to recommend a good crime novel. This was what they handed me. Bonnie and Joe approved.
ODD THOMAS by Dean Koontz
The ODD THOMAS series intrigued me, and after reading many positive reviews for the latest installment BROTHER ODD I decided to start at the beginning. Sometimes when browsing, I'll pick up a book and read a page or two to see if the prose elicits a reaction. ODD THOMAS has this doozy right in the third paragraph:
"In fact I am such a nonentity by the standards of our culture that People magazine not only will never feature a piece about me but might also reject my attempts to subscribe to their publication on the grounds that the black-hole gravity of my non-celebrity is powerful enough to suck their entire enterprise into oblivion."
If you can put the book back on the shelf after reading that paragraph, you are a stronger man than I.
THE WHEELMAN and THE BLONDE by Duane Swierczynski
I went to Mr. Duane's signing at the Black Orchid, where he proceeded to beat me into submission lest I buy a copy of each of his books in hardcover.
Ok that's not entirely true. Though Duane
did remark that I could have passed for his cousin, considering we're both pretty big guys and that day both happened to have enough beard growth to hide a small elk.