Last One to the Party
By Rachel Meier
I am, apparently, behind on the times. Slow on the uptake. I’ve got a list of fantastic books that I’ve been reading lately, all of which I want to tell you about; all of which you’ve already heard of.
From someone else. Who read them in a timely manner. As in: before, on, or around the time of publication.
So now, here’s me hollering and waving like a madman about books that 95% of the literate American public has already read or at least heard of. In lieu of beating a dead horse, I’m rescinding my reviewing rights.
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I’m not going to tell you a thing about these books. Privileges revoked.
Here’s the list of books, along with links to reviews by people who got there first. To be clear: these aren’t the “best books ever,” or even “the best books of 2010.” They’re just great books that I had never read, and now I’m damn glad I did. I’ll be back when I have something useful to say.
• Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
• A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
(Yes, I know: she just won the Pulitzer prize…)
• Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
• A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Don’t give me that look. Haven’t you ever been the last one at the book party? Leave a comment below and tell us which books everyone else in the world read before you did. In other words, give me something good to read.