One of the more insistent delusions people have about working in a library is "it must be wonderful to read books all day". Yes, it must, but it doesn't happen here! We're surrounded by books but like everyone else, we have to find time in our off hours to read them. Then there's the other problem: books that aren't very good. I admire anyone who has enough discipline to sit down and face a blank sheet of paper (or computer screen) and eventually bring forth a book, BUT... Well, for every book I can recommend, I'd bet there's 5 more I slog through so you won't have to. So here are a few choice selections:
I heard of Lee Child from a co-worker a few years ago and I'm forever in her debt, because Lee Child is guaranteed to keep me reading way too late in the evening. His thrillers are lean and taughtly written.
I've found Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins mysteries to be of variable quality, but the last few show Mosley at the top of his game, and the latest due in a few weeks, "Blonde Faith", feels like the fitting farewell to a character unique to the genre.
Steve Martin has an autobiography coming out in November titled "Born Standing Up" and it focuses mainly on his stand-up comedy years. It's not the hilarious read I expected; instead, Martin mentions some of the family tensions that fueled his career, and he explains how finely crafted his comedy routines are. As one of his album titles warned us, comedy is not pretty (but it can be fascinating).
Chilly, dark and wet: the perfect weather for ghost stories -- next time!