A COLLECTION OF SHORT READS PERFECT FOR VACATION.
FORTUNE SMILES Adam Johnson
Following his Pulitzer Prizewinning novel The Orphan
Master’s Son, Adam Johnson creates Fortune
Smiles—a collection of six short stories that delve into love and loss, disaster, technology, and the political versus personal spheres. His fiction is deeply moving, allowing one to reflect on their way of looking at the world, making him an incredibly perceptive and influential writer. (P599)
THE VIEW FROM THE CHEAP SEATS Neil Gaiman
Thoughtful commentator and artist Neil Gaiman, sheds his observations on a number of topics in this collection of nonfiction essays. His sharp, comedic wit is evident in The View from the Cheap Seats— where 60 of his notable pieces are put together, reflecting on various aspects of his life, music, art, inspiration, and America. They are personal and soulful, but accessible and entertaining at the same time. (P755)
THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF 2016 Jonathan Franzen
This anthology of essays guest edited by Jonathan Franzen, features some of America’s finest essayists, whose inclusion in this book is based solely on the ability of the writer to “be like the firefighter, whose job, while everyone else is feeling the flames, is to run straight to them.” Franzen highlights the form, and the risks that come with it: the personal reassessment and vulnerability that comes with essay-writing. (P615)
All books are available at National Bookstore.