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Babbitt (Dover Thrift Editions) by Sinclair Lewis
Babbitt (Dover Thrift Editions)

Bricoleur, December 10, 2009

Sinclair Lewis is one of my favorite writers, and of his many wonderful works (MAIN STREET, ELMER GANTRY, IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE) BABBITT is the one I love the best. It is an absolutely brilliant character study of a man who is not particularly likeable, but who is extremely sympathetic. As a reader, you may not like the choices Babbitt makes, or the compromises, or the attitudes ... but Lewis clearly shows how Babbitt is driven to those choices, compromises and attitudes by the society in which he lives. Is it the "Great American Novel?" No, it's too narrow in scope for that. But I think it can safely be considered one of the most skillful explorations of an archetypally "American" life ever written.
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Main Street (Dover Thrift Editions)
Main Street (Dover Thrift Editions)

Bricoleur, December 10, 2009

Sinclair Lewis is one of my favorite writers, and MAIN STREET is one of his masterworks. Lewis cut his teeth as a journalist, and has the lovely clear declarative voice that such a background fosters. He also has a subtle, bitter sense of humor that makes his prose a joy to read. Like BABBITT, MAIN STREET sharply examines (and skewers) the vanity and pretention of characters who strive to achieve their own skewed, ignoble understanding of the American dream. Though Lewis' heyday was in the '20s and '30s, his books still have a lot to offer readers today.
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Up in the Old Hotel: and Other Stories by Joseph Mitchell
Up in the Old Hotel: and Other Stories

Bricoleur, December 10, 2009

Quite simply, one of my favorite books ever. I have given away a half-dozen copies of this book to friends, demanding that they read it. Diamond-brilliant essays about everyday life in a New York that has long since vanished. Probably the best-known piece from this collection is "Joe Gould's Secret" (Stanley Tucci made a movie of it in 2000) but there are many lesser-known bits of genius here. I think this book belongs in every collection. Get your hands on it!
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The Other by Thomas Tryon
The Other

Bricoleur, December 10, 2009

A simply amazing book. It is touted as one of the underappreciated, yet seminal, works of horror fiction, and I'd say that's a fair assessment. It's written absolutely beautifully. Tryon is the master of the art of foreshadowing without really giving anything away; so many works of horror or dark fantasy, you see the twists and turns coming a mile off. With Tryon, the twist happens and it's so perfectly natural, so obvious, so right, you wonder how he managed to do it and still retain the element of surprise.

I'd say this is a must-read for anyone who likes horror, dark fantasy, or just plain good writing.
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Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1)

Bricoleur, December 10, 2009

“SOULLESS“ is a delightful and addictive confection! I have never understood the appeal of werewolves, but this book single-handedly put werewolf-as-romantic-hero on the map for me. Throw in over-the-top vampires, a smart and funny heroine, and some extremely clever historical ret-conning, and you’ve got a book that steamed all my gears in just the right way. I’ll definitely have an eye peeled for the next book in the series (CHANGELESS), which comes out in March. Go parasols!
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