Two ARC’s – Bryson and Lahiri

August 29, 2013

The Great Depression and World Wars get so much historical attention that the 1920’s tend to get overshadowed. Correcting this in a big way is Bill Bryson’s One Summer: America, 1927.  I got engrossed in this the last couple of weeks, as there’s a revelation on every page in this fast 450 pages.  Murder cases, anarchists, Prohibition, Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, the Federal Reserve setting us up for a fall, and the first amazing transatlantic flights – it’s all here in a fresh narrative tapestry.  You may think you already basically know about this stuff but take another look.  Please post a comment to claim.  This comes out October 1.

One summer


Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel The Lowland follows the lives of two brothers from Calcutta – one locally and dangerously politicized in a leftist peasant’s movement, the other building a quiet new life in distant Rhode Island.  Besides the lowland of  their boyhood home, the brothers become connected by a woman and a child, the biological child of one of the brothers who grows up believing she is the daughter of the other.  This plot is painfully sad but Lahiri writes succinct, poignant sentence fragments to great effect. This one is out sooner next month. Any takers?

The lowland : a novel


2 Responses to “Two ARC’s – Bryson and Lahiri”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Bill Bryson’s book sounds interesting. I’ll give it a go!

  2. Darren Says:

    On its way, thanks!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: