"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". What did you think? Maybe it's a generation gap, but I thought it overblown and self-indulgent. Just me though.
"The Sweet Hereafter", "Me Talk Pretty One Day", "The Corrections" all excellent. "Naked" by Sedaris is real good too. Barbara Kingsolver is excellent but bemeans men a little too often for my tastes. Read Proulx's "The Shipping News" a ways back. I'll have to put her on my reading list.
"The Metaphysical Club" did win the Pulitzer in 2002 for history ("John Adams" won for biography). A publisher friend of mine has recommended it but it seemed pretty heavy-duty for trashy summer reading. Maybe I'll save it for my mid-winter hibernation.
Also, I got my book club to read "Round Ireland With a Fridge". It was hilarious.
Hmmmm, epics. Good one is "Ahab's Wife". A really excellent book and underrated. Weaved around Melville, it stands up pretty well.
"sucker for the classics, the beat writers, philosophy and existentialists". Oh man, I read that in my angry youth period. Can't help you much there.
Stupid me, I didn't know the "High Fidelity" was a book. Good movie. I'll have to add it to my never-ending list of books to read.
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