The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
*If* we order in time we might be able to get our hands on it.
The Fight by Norman Mailer...fly like a 🦋 and sting like a 🐝. Non-fiction about the boxing title fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman at Kinshasa in Zaire in 1974. I mean I need to get in the sports!!!!!!
Paying for It by Chester Brown. A comic strip memoir about being a john. 2011 graphic novel by Canadian cartoonist!
Just Kids by Patti Smith
It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led two young people on a path of art, devotion, and initiation.
Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-Second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.
Hey book club! I've never suggested a book before, but I've been thinking about two Coronavirus-inspired books:
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (been thinking about this book title ever since this pandemic started - haven't read it in about 20 years!)
The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb (was given to me a long time ago and I never got around to reading it)
Joe's my best friend since circa 1994! And I am of the opinion that everyone should read The Black Swan at some point in their lives, if not in June of 2020.
Under the Skin by Michael Faber
Under the Skin is a 2000 science fiction novel by Michel Faber. Set in northern Scotland, it traces an extraterrestrial who, manifesting in human form, drives around the countryside picking up male hitchhikers whom she drugs and delivers to her home planet. The novel, which was Faber's debut, was shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Award.
How Much of These Hills is Gold by Pam C Zhang
Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future.