Looking for a summer reading list? It’s right here in James Patterson’s call-to-action advertisement about saving books, bookstores and libraries.
Here’s a book that’s received a lot of well-deserved attention, a novel about two soldiers in Iraq in 2004 written by one who was there. Author Kevin Powers, however, is not only an Iraq War veteran, he also holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. These life experiences combine to create a powerful, unforgettable book, “The Yellow Birds.”
Who needs one more 10 best books in 2010? The lists abound this time of year, yet TLC can’t help but throw in its literary hat. An annual report, of sorts, and a great shopping list, too.
Bernard Fall’s “Street Without Joy” is a military account of the French Indochina War published and revised in the early 1960s. I’ve got a book collecting urge to buy it. Not a paperback added to a cart on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Borders, rather a signed, rare edition from an antiquarian bookseller. Here’s why, and what’s going on in my gently mad bibliophilic thinking.
“Matterhorn” is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer’s “The Naked and the Dead” and James Jones’s “The Thin Red Line,” according to its publisher Grove/Atlantic. How it got published and its author’s background are interesting stories. A book to anticipate.