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I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum
A collection of new and previously published essays by The New Yorker’s Pulitzer Prize winning culture critic. Nussbaum is my favourite sort of critic: someone thinking out loud, obsessive, occasionally veering towards strident with mad enthusiasm, capable of making you re-examine your opinion, and open your mind to go places it wouldn’t if left without her. While these essays focus on Peak TV, they can’t help but touch upon movies, pop culture, and a piece written for this collection looks at #MeToo. Nussbaum is married to Canadian journalist and author Clive Thompson, which makes for the sort of dinner and TV night invite I’d like to receive.
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Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The oral history of a fictional 1970s rock group, from their coming of age in the late sixties to a sudden and mysterious break-up after striking commercial and critical gold. Written in the style of a celebrity tell-all memoir, Daisy Jones & The Six’s story is so convincingly told by Reid, it’s easy to forget they’re a fictional creation (although they certainly evoke Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac). You’ll end up wanting to go buy their album, find that Rolling Stone cover and see what can be found on YouTube. A cast of 21 (!) reads the book on cd version, and is mostly perfect, especially Jennifer Beals as Daisy. And while this is a fun read it would be wrong to think of it as nothing but fluff and entertainment, given that it deals with serious themes including addiction, marriage, adultery, parental abandonment and unrequited love. A Dewey Diva pick, Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
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The Black Jersey: A Novel by Jorge Zepeda Patterson
Someone is killing off professional cyclists during the Tour de France. Bicycling themed fiction is usually best left to fanatics, but this is far better than most and should appeal to a broader spectrum of general whodunnit readers. The cover art evokes the golden age of cycling and would look great on appropriate display shelving.
Zepeda has a background as an economist, journalist and has a doctorate in Political Science from the Sorbonne. His novel Milena won the prestigious Planeta Prizethe richest literary prize in the world, after the Nobel.
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The River by Peter Heller
A literary thriller by the author of Celine and The Dog Stars, about a summer break wilderness canoe trip for two college students that goes disastrously wrong. This is a short, fast read that was gripping enough to read at home, sure to scare the bejeezus out of anyone that dares take it on their own wilderness adventure to read by the campfire. Both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal have lavished praise on Heller’s fourth novel; it’s currently got a four star average on Goodreads.
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The Impossible Climb by Mark Synnott
A look at events leading up to Alex Honnold's free solo of El Capitan, described by the New York Times as "one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever." Big wall climber and alpinist Mark Synnott, a self-described old silverback to his young alpha climbing friend of ten years, has enriched this story immeasurably by expanding the scope of the book beyond Honnold to include climbing history, personal memoir, and a cast of colorful characters that includes Alex Lowe, Jimmy Chin, Warren Harding, John Bachar and Dean Potter, as well as stories of climbs and expeditions around the world. If all you care about is Honnold, climbing's "It boy" of the moment, then just go read the expanded edition of Alone on the Wall and watch (the Oscar winning) Free Solo over and over. Those with a deeper curiosity should love this book, even though it's sure to inspire arguments and discussion among the climbing tribe.
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Undercard by David Albertyn
Four childhood friends who haven’t seen each other in years are unexpectedly re-united by a Las Vegas casino prizefight and a high profile murder. Set over the course of 24 hours, this debut novel is a Dewey Diva pick and has been called “a terrific thriller and a sharp commentary on our turbulent times” by David Bezmozgis. The book practically screams movie adaptation, or some sort of Fargo-esque TV series reimagining, so it’s no surprise that screen rights have just been picked up. Learn more about South African born, Toronto based tennis pro turned thriller writer Albertyn, here.
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