7 BOOKS YOU SHOULD BE READING THIS AUGUST
It's August, which means that time to sit in the sun and enjoy a good book is dwindling. Here are 7 nonfiction and fiction books that should be on your list this month. You can find links to purchase them here: http://nym.ag/1Nlix3T
- •A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories, by Lucia Berlin: Her thinly factionalized, widely traveled stories include a post-funeral Mexican vacation; an Oakland cleaner's life meted out in bus routes; a woman remembering her journey across the El Paso border for an abortion; and over 70 more.
- •Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim, by Justin Gifford: Before there was rap, there was pulp -- mainly the work of Robert Beck, a.k.a. Iceberg Slim, the criminal who would write the best-selling memoir 'Pimp' and other niche novels. This biography assesses that wildlife story with clear eyes and an understanding of its true cultural scope.
- •Flood of Fire, by Amitav Ghosh: If ever a book series deserved an HBO mini-series, it's the one that concludes here, with the first Opium War and Britain's 1874 seizure of Hong Kong.
- •A Window Opens, by Elisabeth Egan: Diving headfirst into the territory where having-it-all quandary meets the roman à clef, Egan draws on her suburban life, her job at Glamour, and her brief stint at Amazon for a funny and surprisingly wise story about Alice Pearse, who juggles family troubles and a new job at a sort of Starbucks-Amazon hybrid.
- •Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh: Told in one chapter per day, the novel's pitiable antiheroine remembers the Christmas week during which her Northern Gothic existence gave way to a strange crime and a final escape.
- •The Incarnations, by Susan Baker: It's 2008 and the Olympics are coming to Beijing, when a taxi driver with his own tortuous past finds himself stalked by a correspondent claiming to recount their six intertwined past lives.
- •The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion, by Tracy Dougherty: The past biographer of Donald Barthelme and Joseph Heller, Daugherty has the confidence to write an unauthorized book on a loving person that trawls not just for gossip, but for connection and, ultimately, meaning.