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Book News for Tuesday, June 20, 2006

  • Michiko Kakutani reviews Ron Suskind's The One Percent Doctrine in the New York Times, praising it as "riveting" and predicting that it's "sure to be as talked about as his Price of Loyalty (2004) and the former counterterrorism czar Richard A. Clarke's Against All Enemies (2004)."

    I wonder sometimes if "The Mich" gets angry when she likes a book. "Damn it! I have all this invective and nothing to unload it upon!" At which point she sits down to the breakfast table and shrieks, "Cereal and orange juice? What a pathetic cliche! This is the year's worst breakfast!"

  • Is Alice Munro going to retire?

    She says she can quit writing "in the interests of a manageable life" and with the knowledge that it's rare for outstanding work to be produced in a author's later years, "so one or two books fewer won't really be anybody's loss."

    Many will beg to differ.

    Several of them work right here in this office.

  • Jane Smiley points out the shameless product placement running rampant in Proust's In Search of Lost Time. I knew that stinkin' Proust was a sell-out — he should have called those books In Search of Extra Spending Money, the greedy punk. I was planning to read that whole series one day on my death bed, when everyone else reads them, but now? Forget it! I'll go to the grave reading Dickens, instead.
  • John Updike's Terrorist appears to be review-proof. Also, waterproof and bulletproof and quite possibly impervious to stains from jelly, tomato sauce, or blood.
  • The Ten Commandments? That's so easy! Thou Shalt Not Murder; Thou Shalt Not Steal; Thou Shalt Tell No Lies or Use Harsh Language That Makes People Feel Bad About Themselves; Thou Shalt Not... something; Thou Shalt Not... something else... I'm really not very good at this, but at least I'm not in Congress. (Via MoorishGirl.)

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside... Used Hardcover $9.95
  2. The Price of Loyalty: George W.... Used Trade Paper $5.95
  3. Against All Enemies: Inside... Used Trade Paper $5.50
  4. In Search of Lost Time: Proust... New Trade Paper $100.00
  5. Terrorist: A Novel
    Used Hardcover $9.95

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