Check It Out: The ones that got away
I read a lot of wonderful -- and then again not-so-wonderful -- books this year. And while I don't regret many of my reads, there are always so many that I just never got around to.
Roberto Bolano's 2666 is one of them. Translated by Natasha Wimmer, I've heard the grisly detective novel praised on NPR, in bookstores and newspapers nearly everywhere I've gone. It doesn't sound like the type of book I ususally enjoy -- hundreds of women are murdered in a small Mexican town, while an ensemble cast of characters are drawn to the darkness -- it's been called a darkly humorous masterpiece, written in the last days of Bolano's life. How can you resist a description like that?
The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti, was first brought to my attention via a postcard sent with one of my One Story mailings. Judging a book by its cover, it looks awesome -- the silhouettes of a piratey man with his hand on a young boy's shoulder, walking away from a rickety house grabbed me right away.