Dave N.'s Picks
David moonlights here. His day job is as an amazingly cool teacher of English. He is the reigning spelling bee champ.
MAY 2019Winner of the Pulitzer prize, 2001.Chabon's story begins in 1939 with tale of a Houdini-inspired young escape artist who has come from Nazi Germany to take up lodging in Brooklyn with his cousin, an aspiring artist with an interest in comic books, the new pop culture phenomenon for teenagers in America, The story spans several years in the careers and lives of these American dreamers.-Note: I'm currently reading this again for a book club selection! Let me know what you think!
The first book of the Marseilles Trilogy, Total Chaos is an outstanding entry into the genre of Mediterranean Noir. American Noir featured stone cold detectives, flatfooted police, a damsel in distress, a pistol in a pocket, and often, some mysterious object or secret motivation that spurned on the crime and the criminologist. In Total Chaos, and in the Mediterranean Noir in general, the novel is set against a backdrop of political and social upheaval. Personal relationships complicate... well, everything. You don't want me to say more. This book is followed by Chourmo.