Sunday, July 25, 2010

London Cabbie's Summer Reading Picks

NPR has posted a london cab driver's summer reading picks. A London cabbie? "NPR's Scott Simon calls (Will Grozier) "the best-read man that I have ever encountered in my life" — which is why NPR occasionally calls Grozier up for reading recommendations."

Read NPR's entire story, including Grozier's great descriptions of these books! Then request them from the Las Vegas Clark County Library District catalog below!

Ian McEwan

Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity? A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man's ambitions and deceptions, "Solar" is a startling, witty new work from the author of "On Chesil Beach" and "Atonement."

The Extinction Event
David Black

John Grisham meets Whitley Strieber in this headlong chase-thriller that plunges a man and woman into an apocalyptic maelstrom of violence and intrigue. David Black is a renaissance man . . . and this is his best work!--Stuart Woods.

A Week in December

Sebastian Faulks

London, the week before Christmas, 2007. Over seven days we follow the lives of seven major characters: a hedge fund manager trying to bring off the biggest trade of his career; a professional footballer recently arrived from Poland; a young lawyer with little work and too much time to speculate; a student who has been led astray by Islamist theory; a hack book-reviewer; a schoolboy hooked on skunk and reality TV; and a Tube train driver whose Circle Line train joins these and countless other lives together in a daily loop.

With daring skill, the novel pieces together the complex patterns and crossings of modern urban life. Greed, the dehumanising effects of the electronic age and the fragmentation of society are some of the themes dealt with in this savagely humorous book. The writing on the wall appears in letters ten feet high, but the characters refuse to see it -- and party on as though tomorrow is a dream.

Sebastian Faulks probes not only the self-deceptions of this intensely realised group of people, but their hopes and loves as well. As the novel moves to its gripping climax, they are forced, one by one, to confront the true nature of the world they inhabit.

Colm Toibin

It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady's intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation.

Slowly, however, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life -- until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy, not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn.

In the quiet character of Eilis Lacey, Colm Toibin has created one of fiction's most memorable heroines and in Brooklyn, a luminous novel of devastating power. Toibin demonstrates once again his astonishing range and that he is a true master of nuanced prose, emotional depth, and narrative virtuosity.

Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth
Hilary Spurling

The much honored biographer unearths the life and work of Nobel Prize winner Pearl Buck, whose novels captured ordinary life in China.

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