Book Review: The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell

book reviewIf you’re looking for a great book recommendation, you could certainly do worse than Sarah Vowell’s The Wordy ShipmatesStrike that, the book was amazing, who am I kidding?  I guess I feel like kind of a book nerd admitting this, but Vowell makes history fun.  Exciting.  Hilarious!  I know, I couldn’t believe it either.  But there you have it. Continue reading

Donna Tartt Is Writing A New Book, Out In 2012

Donna Tartt

I had a friend who loved Donna Tartt's hair way more than her books.

Dunce Two, because we were recently talking about Donna Tartt, today I’m going to tell you the one almost-fact I know about her new book.

Tartt is the author of The Secret History, which I loved and can remember quite well, and The Little Friend, which I didn’t love at all and barely remember, even though I read all 640 pages. Do you remember it? It had epilepsy, I think, black vans, something to do with meth, and a water tower. Oh, and I think there was a smashed crow.

Little Friend has been brutalized over on Amazon, where it’s sitting at a non-glamorous two star average out of over 605 reviews. History is perched gloriously at four stars and 599 reviews. But that is a book about secret societies, cravats, the Upanishads, dead languages, and an intense Bacchanalia. What’s not to love there?

If my old girl Wikipedia is to be believed, Tartt’s next book is slated for release in 2012.

Are you interested?

Donna Tartt third book, please hurry.